Its a great time to be in the fashion industry in Africa right now, and just like supermodel Naomi Campbell indicated when she arrived last week for the Arise Fashion Week, Its Africa’s time to take on the global stage of the Fashion industry and we must confess the work being churned out are definitely living up to the hype and expectations and we can only hope for more of this. Emerging Nigerian label TwentySixCo re-launched their website and debuted a brand new look-book, campaign and collection titled ‘AGE OF LICENSE’.
Speaking to the designer herself on the journey to discovering the brand TwentySixCo here’s what she had to say About the brand;
TwentySix started as a form of expression: When I was growing up, my mother’s first business started from sewing pyjamas for her co-workers’ children and her older sister (the first entrepreneur in the family) started out making clothes; it is something I’ve always been drawn to. So, I borrowed my cousin’s sewing machine, I wasn’t sure of what I was getting into but I knew I wanted to make my own clothes. A friend of mine was the first to plant the idea that this could be something bigger, I made simple skirts for my friends and myself – one of them said “hey, you could make this work”, I thought about it and started. There’s a lot of me, as in my personal style in TwentySix. At first, I was worried that not enough people would share those tastes, but it resonated and started a budding community. We invite the creative, expressive, the simple, complex; we are all women in our own unique ways. TwentySix started with friends in mind and it’s still about friendship, we make our clothing with this at heart , love and good intentions. I want you to feel comfortable when you wear our clothing, to feel that TwentySix goodness. We want you to dress up and express yourself out there.
The inspiration behind the “AGE OF LICENSE” collection;
The collection was inspired by a graphic novel, in which the author documents her life traveling through Europe, experiencing new life and new love in what she describes as The Age of License. It’s a French saying (L’age License) that describes a time, usually early 20s when you’re young, untethered, and free.
Our collection draws into this concept that alludes to freedom, but we believe the ”Age of License” is whatever you decide and not marked by time, season, or place. We want to express through the season-less styles Of the collection and the freedom it brings the wearer to experience life as they choose.
As part of exploring The Age of License, the designer collaborated with Artist, MOBOLAJI OGUNROSOYE to create a series of postcards, which will form part of a collectible of the collection. Through her interpretation, we can see her dissect some of the images in parts to create a new unchartered whole. The exploration as you view the hidden messages, stamps, and codes on each collage gives an opportunity to deeply observe and make your own new discoveries.
Mobolaji Ogunrosoye is a self-taught, Mixed-Media Artist born in Lagos, Nigeria. Her art practice is centered around the use of Collage and Photography to explore the self, and the impact of societal influences on personal identity and the lived experiences of being a young, Yoruba, Nigerian woman.
View the collection below;
The Age Of License Campaign Video