In January 2016, we participated in the Ethical Fashion Initiative's "Generation Africa" show at Pitti Uomo 89. While there, we took in the lovely sights of Florence and Venice. And importantly, we ate everything we could get our hands on.
A few recommendations:
Adastra in Florence. Located across the bridge, this boutique hotel is excellently decorated and has a wonderfully attentive staff.
Florence Chick Bed & Breakfast in Florence. This bed & breakfast centrally located in Florence, and makes getting to business or tourist locations a convenient walk.
Osteria del Cinghiale Bianco. A short walk across Ponte Vecchio bridge. Order the Bistecca. Die a happy individual.
All'antico Vinaio. We were told this place has the best sandwiches in Florence. By all accounts, this was not a lie.
Walé was invited to lecture at the AFREAKA festival in Sao Paolo Brazil about Ikiré Jones, and the societal issues that inspire our work. Business aside, it was a whirlwind trip that involved lots of caipirinhas, samba, and probably a few too many saideiras with some wonderful people. In short, a pretty fantastic time. Hopefully it will only be one of many such visits.
We dreamt of tomorrow. We sought to push things forward. Little did we know that images we jettisoned into the ether would find their way across the world, and onto the walls of a traveling design exhibit with like-minded futurists. It is time to move on from archaic fever dreams of Africa as a Dark Continent. The "Making Africa" exhibit, which began at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil Am Rhein, Germany, before moving to the Guggenheim Bilbao and then the Centre de Cultura Contemporani de Barcelona, features the work of Ikiré Jones, Lekan Jeyifous (aka "Vigilism") and many others. This is just the beginning.