Prêt-À-Poundo: Supafrik's International Debut In DC!

Toronto fashion designer Chinedu Ukabam clothing label Supafrik.

Supafrik is the brainchild of Toronto fashion designer Chinedu Ukabam of the clothing label Chinedesign. Chinedu travelled to New York, Paris and London to collect some of the unique items for sale at SUPAFRIK — a journey which was documented on his blog

Featured designers include Chinedesign’s new Marrakesh collection which is getting an exclusive world premier in DC, Toronto-based ethical designer brand Ann & Arrayata which refashions raffia into beautifully constructed chic bags and purses (proceeds go towards charity work in Rwanda) and UK based clothing label Chichia London which is ethically manufactured in Tanzania using traditional kanga textiles.

Supafrik will also feature homeware by Shine Shine (Cape Town, South Africa), made-in-Africa sneakers by Paris-based SAWA, and graphic tees by the Parisian multimedia collective AITF (Africa Is The Future). The gallery will also feature the work of visual artists such as Kalkidan Assefa whose work is inspired by musical icons such as Fela Kuti and Nina Simone.

Supafrik will double as a space for programmed events over the four days that it takes over Gallery O on H. These will include the Thursday fashion show (featuring the MRKSH collection and a performance of new material by Grammy nominated singer/songwriter and DC native Wayna) , an Afro-House shopping party and a food tasting event to sample an afro-fusion “designer” food menu. Head their website for the full calendar of events.

*** Brand new Okayafrica t-shirts and hoodies will be on sale at Supafrik's pop-up shop — our new collection is up for viewing at the Okayafrica store now. See the full flyer below for more information.

WHEN: Oct 18th to Oct 21st

WHERE: Gallery O on H, 1354 H Street NE Washington DC

FASHION SHOW/LAUNCH PARTY: Thursday October 18th 6PM -11PM



Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

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A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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