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Godfrey Mensah releases Keniya-X Label

“The structure of the garment empowers the structure of the mind” – KENIYA X LABEL Former creative director of Toronto’s Beaucoup Fashion House, Godfrey Mensah is used to producing high quality, high fashion luxury pieces consistently, so when he dropped his newest label, Keniya-X, it was bound to be good. Keniya-X Label is named after Mensah’s daughter and ‘generation X’: the stronghold of Culture shifts. Refusing to categorize itself as a brand, Keinya-X has instead established itself as a collective of creators expressing a fortitude in craftsmanship and passion. The mainline, ‘DECONSTRUCTED’ recently showcased ‘crossing borders’ at Ottawa Fashion Week and was met with a great response for the culture-shifting brand. With mystery surrounding the next stages of development for both DECONSTRUCTED and sub-line CUT & SEW we can but wait with baited breath (and watch the beautifully directed video below again and again…huge respect for director Diego Sanchez) Spring/Summer 2014 CUT & SEW women’s line available to pre-order from Launch Toronto (interviewed by The Leake last summer)   Follow Keniya on Instagram & Facebook  Love this? More fashion from Toronto Watch the full video here: http://vimeo.com/91471035 Video credits: Creative …

Launch Toronto Streetwear

With New York and London Fashion Weeks having just ended, and Milan Fashion Week only just beginning, no one can forget who are the established capitals in the business. In the meantime, designers in cities such as Toronto are grinding to put themselves on the map. Boutiques such as Launch Toronto are particularly determined to see Toronto rise, showcasing some of the hottest, most-talented designers in the city.  Despite being just a few months old, Launch Toronto has already attracted some of Toronto’s best up-and-coming designers including Think Reese, Street Chief,  and Beaucoup Fashion House, who will be showcasing at Toronto Fashion Week later this year, and appeared on CTV Morning Live Ottowa for their Fashion Week earlier this month.  Amidst the beautiful rails of handpicked samples and the sound of Toronto’s homegrown artist The Weeknd playing in the background, I talked to owner of Launch, Meagan Jett, about the boutique’s unique designers, building the city’s fashion reputation, and what we can expect from Toronto Fashion Week 2013. What is it which sets Toronto apart …

Introducing… Tribe Toronto

Tribe Toronto Tribe Toronto is a 12-strong retro collective who live and breathe the fashion, culture, and lifestyle of the 80s and early 90s. They’re known to each other as family, to the vintage owners on Queen Street in downtown Toronto as that crew, and to strangers as the guys with the beat boxes. I spent a day as an honorary member of the group which meant vintage shopping, dancing on the pavements, and learning about what draws so many people to the positive vibes of this unique group. How did Tribe Toronto come about? Fine$t GQ: Kenny B Smooth and I got chatting online, we had the same ideas, discovered we were part of the same movement, and wanted to chill and meet up. On Canada Day we just happened to bump into each other. After that we organised to meet with others in Dundas Square in downtown TO. Kenny B Smooth: Fine$t brought the “Retro Heads” and that’s when the group was started, on August 18th 2012. Wow, so you guys really haven’t …

Play Cloths AW 2013 Presentation

Launched in 2008 by Pusha T, Play Cloths is a progressive street wear brand, focusing on high-quality, fashionable clothing without compromising on practicality. On August 7th, Play Cloths presented 16 looks from their up-coming collection at West Village in New York. In an interview with The Crosby Press, Pusha T stated that he wanted his collection to move away from “this gothic hip-hop nasty look that happens. It’s like a big uniform that everyone wears”  And the 16 Looks that were showcased certainly delivered on this count. The collection builds upon the staple street wear items of bomber jackets, snapbacks, joggers and tees. Keeping their signature edge, Play Cloths mixed up these designs with whole outfits of abstract prints, which have become extremely popular in street wear, and photographic designs with an eclectic array of  Egyptian, industrial and galactic themes. The inspiration from both the Historic Renaissance period and the galactic themes suggests Play Cloths affiliation with tradition and the history of street wear, combined with their signature progressive twist.   “The Fall Collection is …

FASHION NEWS: OVO Collaborates With New Era for OVO Fest

Drake’s October’s Very Own have collaborated with popular urban brand New Era to create the limited edition OVO X Toronto Blue Jay x New Era 59 Cap.   The caps were designed in two colours, and feature both the Blue Jays famous logo on the front, and OVO’s own on the side. The caps were originally going to be available exclusively at the OVO Festival. However, the  caps are now available on a limited basis in the New Era Flagship in Toronto, and in NYC.

Kanye West to Collaborate with APC

It was announced on Twitter yesterday that Kanye West will be collaborating with French line A.P.C in a capsule collection of menswear. This tweet from A.P.C was released, featuring an image of a pair of jeans with the collaborative label: Kanye was quick to tweet back expressing his gratitude to close friend and founder of A.P.C, Jean Touitou: News of the collaboration with the established French brand may come as a shock, given Kanye’s previous experiences in Paris. It was reported last month by the Hip-Hop artist that the controversial track ‘I Am God’ from his latest album Yeezus, was created after he was told that he could only attend one fashion show in Paris Fashion Week this year. He told W Magazine, “It’s like, ‘Yo! Nobody can tell me where I can and can’t go. Man, I’m the No. 1 living and breathing rock star. I am Axl Rose; I am Jim Morrison; I am Jimi Hendrix.’ There is also  apprehension for the release of the line given the scathing reviews that Kanye’s Paris Fashion …