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OkayAfrica and ONYCHEK Team Up For "WhatWeWear," a Fashion Pop-Up

Join OkayAfrica and Onychek for a conscious fashion pop-up at Okay Space in NYC.

If you're in the NYC area, and looking for crisp, quality threads by African designers—look no further. OkayAfrica has teamed up with ONYCHEK for "WhatWeWear," a fashion pop-up for the fashion-minded amongst us, looking to stay fresh while supporting designers from the continent.


ONYCHEK is an online retailer offering luxurious pieces from leading African designers with a focus on "conscious consumption."

"Our focus is on companies that maximize value addition in the region by boosting employment of local suppliers, craftsmen, and manufacturers,” ONYCHEK founder Chekwas Okafor told OkayAfrica earlier this year.

“In the same way, consumers look to France or Italy for high-quality goods, I hope they begin to look to Africa."

We invite you to come check out luxury garb by Africans for Africans at our very own Okay Space Gallery from September 9-11.

Come get fly with us and enjoy some wine while you shop! You can RSVP for the event here. Check below for a full list of labels that will be available for purchase. Merchandise from OkayAfrica's African AF line will also be available on-site.

What We Wear Flyer

"WhatWeWear" Featured Brands:

Maxhosa by Laduma

Femi Handbags

Abury

Naked Ape

Sawa

Enzi

Trevor Sturrman X Simon and Mary

Taibobacar

Adele Dejak

Legacy Collection

Okun

Laurenceairline

Tamara Che

Aprelleduany

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1-54 debuted in London in 2013. Although an expansion to New York followed, a presence on the continent was always part of the long-term vision of the founder Touria El Glaoui. Finally, the time has now arrived.

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10 Stand Out Moments From Janelle Monáe's Powerful Music Videos

Janelle Monae came back making a statement—and we're just as obsessed as you are.

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Over the past half decade, she's embarked on a profound journey that's solidified her as an artist, creator and activist who isn't afraid to shoot down the stars—or shoot with them.

After having roles in Hidden Figures and Moonlight—two Oscar nominated movies where one won an Oscar, a stellar speech at the Grammy's and a stunning presence at the Black Panther red carpet, she's ready to grace us with "Dirty Computer," the latest musical venture in her Afrofuturistic saga.

To whet our appetites before the album, which is set to release on April 27, Janelle dropped not one but two music videos yesterday. Both are distinctly entertaining: one is a black, intersectional feminist anthem and the other a psychedelic soundtrack of sexual fluidity.

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