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Reuben Reuel

Homes of Brooklyn is a monthly series where we talk with artists, designers and tastemakers in their own spaces in the borough we love – Brooklyn. In episode 2 we take you inside the home of fashion designer, Reuben Reuel of Demestiks New York. We are sincere fans of Reuben’s work. His Dutch African wax print dresses have been spotted in Harper’s Bazaar, New York Magazine, and on some of our favorite celebrities (oh you know, just Queen Bey herself). One step into Reuben’s home and we could immediately feel the space that nurtures his creativity. From a collection of R&B records stacked in his fitting room, to the colorful display of Dutch African and vintage fabrics that are used in his work, his home is a true reflection of the soulful spirit that guides him. Click play to explore the Bed-Stuy home and studio of your new favorite fashion designer, Reuben Reuel.

AphroChic: Homes of Brooklyn: Reuben Reuel

Host: Jeanine Hays
Written By: Bryan Mason
Videography: Mae B. Films
Photography: Erika Layne Photography

Dandy Lion Is Fashion As Political Resistance

Shantrelle P. Lewis is the woman behind Dandy Lion, an intriguing exhibition that examines the Black Dandy phenomenon.

The 411 On African Wax Prints

Vibrant, colorful and complicated, wax prints are among the most iconic images of African fashion. Throughout West Africa and in African communities around the world, wax prints of different types are a common staple in the wardrobes of  many women. Like so many pattern types coming out of Africa, they have begun to make the transition from fashion to home décor, appearing as upholstery fabrics for chairs, sofas, pillows, and even framed as wall art.  

AphroChic: The 411 On African Wax Prints

AphroChic: The 411 On African Wax Prints

Yet even while fashion icons such as Solange Knowles and Beyoncé are embracing these prints as outgrowths of West African culture, there is a fascinating and complex global history behind African wax prints that many of us are not aware of.

AphroChic: The 411 On African Wax Prints

AphroChic: The 411 On African Wax Prints

So before you spring for your first wax print outfit or decide to reupholster your favorite chair, here are six interesting things to know about Dutch African Wax Prints.

Bryan Mason is the Co-Founder of AphroChic, and the Managing Editor for AphroChic on About.com. Read his full article: 6 Amazing Facts About African Wax Prints on About.com.

Sources: AboutElle, Shecky’s, Design*Sponge, About    

J. Crew Shows Us Brooklyn Through The Eyes of Saada Ahmed

Saada Ahmed is the cofounder of the monthly gathering, Everyday People Brunch, and she’s J. Crew’s latest it girl. In the company’s new Girls We Know series, Saada takes us on a colorful tour of Brooklyn. A Bed-Stuy resident, we love these photos of her in front of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, inside Madiba in Fort Greene, and on the stairs at Fort Greene Park. Oh, and we also love everything she’s wearing from the J. Crew fall collection!

AphroChic: J. Crew Show Us Brooklyn Through The Eyes of Saada Ahmed

AphroChic: J. Crew Show Us Brooklyn Through The Eyes of Saada Ahmed

AphroChic: J. Crew Show Us Brooklyn Through The Eyes of Saada Ahmed

AphroChic: J. Crew Show Us Brooklyn Through The Eyes of Saada Ahmed

This Fashion Editorial Is Packed With Color Inspiration

Model, Monica Adeng, has us inspired with this absolutely colorful fashion editorial. Exploring neon shades, bright corals, and blues, one could create a stylish color palette centered around these gorgeous hues. Take a cue from Adeng, and this fall, explore vivid shades for a fun color pop!

AphroChic: This Fashion Editorial Is Packed With Color Inspiration

AphroChic: This Fashion Editorial Is Packed With Color Inspiration

AphroChic: This Fashion Editorial Is Packed With Color Inspiration

AphroChic: This Fashion Editorial Is Packed With Color Inspiration

{Source: Aric Yeakey}

 

 

Fashionable Women By Marcel George

Watercolors, fashionable girls, beautiful color palettes – this combination is exactly why we can’t get enough of these ephemeral illustrations by Marcel George. Each piece has the perfect mix of color and pattern. These are must-have pieces for a gallery wall. Don’t you think?

AphroChic: Fashionable Women By Marcel George

AphroChic: Fashionable Women By Marcel George

AphroChic: Fashionable Women By Marcel George

AphroChic: Fashionable Women By Marcel George

Pattern Perfection in AD Russia

Layers of pattern, stunning color palettes and diaspora imagery were all part of a recent editorial in Architectural Digest Russia. The stunning vignettes are a visual display on how to bring together various hues and patterns. I love each of these photos, and want to find a way to get prints so I can display them at home. Can you imagine a gallery wall of all four images? I mean, just stunning.

{Images via AD Russia}

Give To Those In Need With An Umbrella From Marisol

We’ve had a few rainy days here in Philadelphia, but May has finally arrived and hopefully the April showers are completely gone. If wet weather does reappear, these beautiful wax print umbrellas from Marisol would be a great accessory. Don’t you think? Each piece is handmade, and funds from the sale go to helping women’s organizations around the globe. It’s wonderful when buying something so lovely can also help give back to a community in need.

Explore the complete collection and pick your favorite parasol over at Marisol.