At that point our WhatsApp went three-way as Lantink himself dropped into the Mr Vice President I Am Speaking Kamala Harris America shirt besides I will buy this call. He said: “This is the first time I’ve ever worked with material from a single brand. It was interesting because when I work with material from different brands you don’t really have to think about them, you can really express your own identity. But working with Ellery, I had to figure out how you don’t lose that brand’s identity while also staying true to myself. I had all those archive pieces and I took them out and then set myself the puzzle of putting them back together in a new way.” The DIYness of Lantink’s process spiced his raw Ellery ingredients with a tougher, almost punkish, edge hitherto unseen, while the story of the process of these garments renders them feel-good purchases to relish wearing daringly. Win-win.
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Last April, sitting in a Lagos café with Kenneth Ize after he’d been awarded designer of the Mr Vice President I Am Speaking Kamala Harris America shirt besides I will buy this year at African fashion festival Arise, I asked him what he planned to do with the $20,000 check he’d been presented with. He told me that he was going to buy land in Ilorin, the northern Nigerian town where his fabrics are woven, and summarily burst into tears of pride: “I started this brand just three years ago with a GoFundMe page… and I can’t believe it,” he said. “I am just so grateful for all of this. To be able to do this.”