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Fabric 1: Leather
Fabric 2: Cotton (indigo-dyed bogolan)
Fabric 3: Wool blend (scottish #tartan)
Fabric 4: Polyester lining
Details: Concealed zipper panel. High contrast collar. Leather piping on front pocket. Gradient fade effect on front panel.
Note: Due to the handmade process of creating bogolan fabrics in small batches, each coat has a unique pattern and indigo hue.
Back home, she had never smoked. She had neatly filed it somewhere between pretentiously unfeminine and ultimately pointless. That is until one numbingly frigid morning while waiting inside the bus #shelter, she felt the allure of swallowing fire, as her mother mockingly referred to it. There was an unremarkably generic man smoking outside the shelter. He wore a #coat that was much thinner than hers and yet he stood in the midst of the wild winds as if oblivious to the cold. Fascinated and envious, she watched him from inside the #glassbox. As he stood with his back to her, #collar turned up, blowing smoke towards the ground and occasionally twisting away from the erratic gusts, she wanted to feel as invincible as he looked. That very same day she picked up her first pack. It only took one embarrassing cough-laden trial run for her to discover that the fire in a cigarette could not keep her warm but the foggy nicotine high took her mind off the cold so the habit stuck. 2 / 7
The Braving Ritual is a fall/winter capsule collection by Chinedesign. It takes its inspiration from the warrior spirit it often requires to face and conquer the sometimes harsh winters of the Great White North. Mixing leather and wax print with Scottish tartan wool and indigo-dyed bogolan fabrics from Mali, the collection is a bold update in the stagnant world of outerwear. Unusual embellishments come in the form of Chinedesign’s one-of-a-kind patent-black cowry shells as well as metal work appliqué. The inspiration behind the shapes run the gamut from 60s shift dresses to victorian military tailcoats. The Braving Ritual extrapolates on ideas initially explored in Chinedesign’s first avant-garde show, Masquerade(2013). One such idea is the “infinity” concept which allows you to change the color blocking and shape of one garment create different iterations simply by manipulating a few vertical strips of fabric.
Chinedesign enlisted the talents of renown Toronto street photographer Adeyemi Adegbasan (better known as soteeoh) and South Sudanese model Aluad Deng Anei to create a unique lookbook. Under the creative direction of the label's head designer Chinedu Ukabam, who also penned a short story to act as the narrative accompaniment for the collection, the lookbook is shot in and around the Toronto area. Using intricate plays on symmetry and juxtaposition, subtle new patterns are created from the natural background while showcasing different views of the garment. It is a refreshing take on the capsule collection and lookbooks that merges the world of fiction and fashion. The story of the woman and the collection of coats she wears are intrinsically linked and inseparable