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Photos: Here's What Happened at Daily Paper & Free the Youth's Design Talk for Accra's Young Creatives

Founders of the popular brands discussed all things African streetwear in a conversation facilitated by OkayAfrica and moderator Amarachi Nwosu.

Last week, Amsterdam-based, African-owned streetwear brand Daily Paper and Ghanaian streetwear label Free the Youth held a talk for young creatives at the Mhoseenu design studio in Accra, Ghana.

Moderated by Melanin Unscripted creator Amarachi Nwosu and presented in partnership with OkayAfrica, the design-based conversation explored everything from sustainable practices in manufacturing, to the overall evolution of streetwear globally. The founders of Free the Youth, which was been called Ghana's number one streetwear brand, expanded on how they've been able to build their audience, and shared details about their community-based initiatives.

They event, which took place at the Daily Paper Pop-up Store in Accra last Friday, drew a fashionable and creative-minded crowd ready to partake in a design discussion between West Africa and Europe.

Check out some of the action that took place at the Daily Paper x FYT event below, with photos by Abena Boamah.

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16 African Streetwear Brands You Should Keep On Your Radar

Get to know the African streetwear brands continuously shifting the fashion world.

Streetwear is said to have emerged from neighborhoods rather than fashion designers and is often associated with hip hop and skateboarding culture. It's an unorthodox aesthetic rooted in unapologetically dressing outside the box with an ironic cult following.

Where it was once deemed an underground movement and subculture hell bent on rejecting a number of ideologies, today it has become synonymous with being fashionably cool. Gone are the days of old-world thinking—today's fashion houses often borrow their ideas straight from the "streets."

Consumers are flocking to retailers for graphic-adorned hoodies, tees, sneakers, jackets, sweats and bags and the African diaspora isn't immune to this scurry. We are unarguably the cause of this shift in culture.

The evolution of this lawless fashion form is rooted in an appreciation for originators Karl Kani, Ecko, FUBU, Sean John, Phat Farm, Rocawear, and G-Unit clothing. These brands are the blueprint for their predecessors Stussy, Supreme, Bathing Ape, Hood By Air, Vetements, Off-White, Heron Preston and Fear of God, to name a few.

The lines have been blurred. Streetwear aficionados are as much the elite as they are cool kids.

Dig into our list of 16 African streetwear brands you should keep on your radar.

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