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Ikiré Jones' Of Saints And Savages

Ikiré Jones presents its Fall/Winter 2014 collection, 'Of Saints and Savages,' in a series of short stories.

Photography by Rog Walker


It's editorials like the latest from menswear brand Ikiré Jones that contradict the notion that fashion, while artistically driven, is void of representing social and political current events. Their Fall/Winter 2014 collection, Of Saints and Savages, presents a dialogue among those "resolved to tell [their] own stories." Indeed, their new collection comes with the following note:

"To whom it may concern. This is a challenge to the zealously held belief that Africa is a monolithic village in need of perpetual saving. This is an open assault upon the delusions of those who cry endlessly of desolate stomachs and doorways darkened by disease. This is a public disavowing of all who think the cradle of civilization has nothing more to offer than unmolested raw materials and an army of open palms awaiting aid... There are those who look past Africa's beauty in the hopes of seeing savagery; so that they may preen and posture as saints..."

Ikiré Jones is a menswear brand dedicated to crafting pieces with unique identities and histories. Creative director Wale Oyejide and tailor Sam Humbler pride themselves in storytelling. They explain on their site, "There is magic in the idea that every item we produce means something; and more importantly, means something different to different people." Their Fall/Winter '14 collection editorial emphasizes this notion with a collections of short stories describing the diaspora's interaction with the West, and it's here that the reader determines "who is Saint and who is Savage."

Accompanying the editorial is a short film titled Ritual Union, featuring a courting ceremony of suitors in Ikiré Jones attire as they do their best to impress the bride. Watch the clip below and see above for key looks from Ikire Jones' Fall/Winter 2014 collection, Of Saints and Savages. For more, see the label's Spring/Summer 14 collection of Dandy Sapeurs.

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This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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