Believe it or not, A Ghanaian man is claiming the inventor of the fashion trend patched jeans were created by his father, and this man goes by the name of Reggie Rockstone, founder of Ghanaian musical genre, Hip-Life.
Reggie Rockstone is a Ghanaian rapper. He was born in the United Kingdom but lived his early years in Ghana in Kumasi and Accra. He has been living in Ghana continuously since he pioneered the Hip-Life movement in 1994.
Patched jeans is a style fabulous way to repair and recycle used jeans. The trend born in the USA has served as a trend that emerged from low-income housing areas (as most other trends) and made its way to the top. The trend has been rocked by all kinds of stars, musicians, and walks of life.
Reggie Rockstone claims his father was the brains and founder behind this unique style and that he received little to no credits when the American society took on his dad’s work. In a recent instagram post, the Ghanaian celebrity wrote…
“SO I CANT STOP SAYING THIS THO! MY FATHER INVENTED THE “patch jeans” style in the 70s for Yankee and got sum ok props for it ( there he is modeling his own🙏🏿) DOLCE DO SAME AND ITS HUGE ( cardi Dey wear for this pic) LIFE NO FAIR OR LIFE DEY BLEACH?😳😂 so where dem see for eh??? #blackshadamatterz #daben #enoeasyo #oneday THE LEGENDARY ST OSSEI WE SALUTE YA🙏🏿✊🏿🇬🇭 @iamcardib ALL TAG SISTA CARDI 😂🇬🇭😜 #shenosabi”
In one sense, as many would assume, this could be a bogus claim by the hiplife founder. On the other hand, there could be some validity to it. The sharp minds behind creatives in Ghana are what produced the origins of Asasa Print. Asasa print for many who don’t know is the conjoining of African print fabrics to produce a multi print result, at times even more beautiful than a plain print outfit.
Asasa is a fabric type dear to the hearts of Ghanaian craftsmen. It’s the result of creatives that wanted to save resources by making use of leftover cut out fabrics they used. It developed as a major attraction to the point where companies began printing such designs. One amazing result of the Asasa print would be spotted here.
The patched jeans-style as that in the picture Reggie Rockstone shared of his dad isn’t far off from this tactic of fabric creation. In fact, one can claim it’s the same as that of Ghana’s traditional Asasa print. His father being a former fashion designer from Ghana, could make absolute sense why it most likely could be true his dad might have taken the Ghanaian asasa tradition and implemented it to jeans.
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Hub of Africa Addis Fashion Week will highlight the growing talent of African designers and brands to the international market. It is committed to being a part of the growth of the industry in Ethiopia and the region by making Addis the HUB, encouraging designers, making links between buyers, manufacturers, and international media.
It will bring local and regional key industry individuals with seasoned international industry figures to discuss and share ideas and experiences on how to grow and develop the fashion and garment industry to compete in the global market.
FashionGHANA Honors & Awards are also known as #FGHA began in 2018 as a fixated awarding process in between Accra Fashion Week runway shows. The award was heavily appreciated in 2019 is had a whole day dedicated to the awards night during Accra Fashion Week. After skipping a year during the pandemic in 2020, the event returned in 2021 holding the biggest fashion awards during the year.
This edition will explore the frontiers where the growth of the sustainability movement in Africa is stunted, and entice more eco-friendly brands to shift their focus to the growing African population. Will feature spectacular collections and creative designs from different designers from Ghana and beyond who will light up the runway.
Will be the biggest combined dish of thrilling music and exciting fashion with this new opportunity that will be given to young aspiring designers.
Will feature an ALL STAR cast of crowd-pulling models, prominent politicians from the major parties (to exhibit national cohesion), and professional models.
Ghana’s leading fashion event Accra Fashion Week is scheduled for 7-11 December 2022 following their 5th-year celebration last year in 2021. Accra Fashion Week is a platform for African designers that can be compared to fashion weeks across the major capitals. It aims to fill the void which sees tremendous creativity and culture across the continent with the absence of an operating fashion infrastructure.
The epic event took place at Ghana Dubai in Accra, and saw models march down the steps from the Kwame Nkrumah Monument whilst being followed by a spotlight, before circulating the central fountains. Memories of the exciting night still give chills as guests revisit the experience on youtube.
However, rest assured that 2022 is going to be even more exciting with greater performances and an upgraded designer collection. FashionGHANA.com is sure to bring you the exclusives we did on www.FashionGHANA.com/TV. All last year’s shows are available to watch on youtube. Designer’s registration is ongoing on the AccraFashionWeek.org website.
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