featuring Edun Spring/Summer 2017

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featuring Edun Spring/Summer 2017

photography Amandla Baraka
styling Kindra Moné
model Iman Mariah

When one venture's above Manhattan's 110th street, you have entered into a new encompassment. While not a borough of its own, the predominately African-American neighborhood of Harlem has a unique energy — distinctively urban, yet undeniably inspired by the African continent. This is the same energy that has found itself woven into Edun's Spring/Summer 2017 collection.

The New York City based brand's latest collection was inspired by Jack Garofalo's vibrant photos of 1970s Harlem, which captured the stylish youth who mixed African textiles and graphics with New York's iconic street style.

Though based in NYC, Edun prides itself in being one of the city's few Made In Africa brands. Significant sourcing from the collection features hand woven cotton canvas and striped lurex pattern, both developed in Burkina Faso through the Ethical Fashion Initiative; as well as cotton shweshwe fabric from Da Gama Textiles, one of Africa's oldest textile mills. The collection also features embroidery hailing from Rwanda, while knitwear and crochets have been imported from Madagascar.

Like the vibrant jazz that still lives in Harlem's buzzing speakeasies, Edun is both progressively New York and honestly African.

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