Mr Garbe streetwear and menswear brand JZO who (showed at the recently concluded LFDW 2017 shows) have teamed up to release a collaborative collection. Creative Director for Mr Garbe, Bella Adeleke had this to say about the inspiration behind the collection;
I spent my younger years in a white garment, with no shoes on Sundays. One thing I loved the most about attending a white garment church was the harvest season, in particular, the juvenile harvest, also referred to as the ‘children’s harvest’. As the word ‘harvest’ suggests, it was a period for ‘harvesting the crop’ sowed throughout the year, so it was a celebratory and festive season, that involved a lot of prayers, thanksgiving, and feasts. One of the most memorable things for me was the prayer bag I would wear, aside from the food and music, obviously. The bags had very bold and powerful words in my native language, ‘Yoruba’. Words (with memories) that inspired me in designing this collection.
In 2012, Mr. Garbe launched as a streetwear brand, with the objective of sensitising the youth towards African culture, whilst creating affordable and fashion-forward T-shirts.
This collection is a collaborative effort between Mr. Garbe and JZO, one of Nigeria’s biggest ready-to-wear menswear brands, which created our first ever capsule collection. It represents our evolution in the collaboration with brands who share our vision.
As we know, the world is currently in a dark place with constant terrorist attacks, natural disasters, and epidemic diseases. So it is our aim to send good vibes into the universe with our 4 keywords:
‘Lero’ – Easily
‘Ominira’ – Liberation/freedom
‘Alafia’ – Peace
‘Ife’ – Love.
The collection is made up of panelled trousers, peter pan shirts, tailored shorts, frilled shorts, and cropped shirts. The collection is now available for purchase.
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