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Stranger – Lagos

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Store owner, Yegwa Ukpo feat. in designer Kenneth Ize’s Sp/Su ’15 campaign.

With the rise of African fashion on the global stage, concept stores like Stranger make Western retailers feel strangely stale. The Lagos fashion community seems to have the advantage of being a tighter-knit intersection of talent and style, which allows for collaborations, lifestyle branding, and cutting edge coolness to flourish in the retail experience. Stranger carries fresh emerging brands, such as my former Parson’s student Niyi Okuboyejo’s, Post Imperial label. In addition to a unique menswear assortment, owner Yegwa Ukpo also features what he calls the “Magenta Room” – an onsite micro-cafe that serves freshly ground coffee brewed in vacuum siphon filters, cold brewed coffee, and a wide variety of teas from all over the world. Nothing strange about Lagos retail these days.DSCF1172+copy

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Eaten By The Heart

Artist friend, Zina Saro-Wiwa‘s installation, Eaten By The Heart explores “the mapping of emotional landscapes, its resulting performative behaviors and cross-cultural implications” for Africans. I have had the pleasure of viewing part of the full project and it is truly a brilliant and reactionary body of work that taps into emotions and intimacy in a tender and telling moment. Above is a clip from the work, which is a part of  a collaborative project called The Progress of Love, between The Menil Collection in Houston, The Pulitzer Foundation in St. Loius, and Centre for Contemporary Arts in Lagos.

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