It has been a busy week.
At Stranger, we concluded its one year anniversary celebrations with a party yesterday that turned out a little bigger than I originally thought it was going to be. It seemed like the people that showed up were not disappointed at least, and I got to talk some shop with people like Oroma Cookey-Gam, Assistant Store Operations Manager Ermenegildo Zegna store in Lagos and Tokini Peterside of Tokini Peterside Collective, business developer and manager of Maki Oh.
Earlier in the day I got to breeze through A Whitespace in Ikoyi and attend their Block Party which was pretty cool even though we were there early.
Anyway, the long and short of all that is - I have a few posts pending and I hope to get them up this coming week.
I have a post about the first year of Stranger that might be interesting for anyone looking to get into this fashion retail business (and possibly also for designers as well), a post I have been working on for the past couple of weeks now on the influence of Maki Oh on the Nigerian fashion design scene and yet another one on investigating the possiblity of building a production think tank in the country.
Hopefully those will all pan out over the next couple of days.
I hope you all reading this had a great week and even if it wasn't, just remember that it can't rain all the time.
Well, on with the Sunday Digest!
First up is an article, ripped from Rock, Paper, Shotgun's own Sunday Papers post today, on "losing" by a game developer talking about how losing a particular match made him decide never to play semi-professional poker again.
...when one plays at any kind of serious level, you have to accept the possibility of loss, severe loss, and in the final reckoning this is really what play is.
Very important for us to remember that losing and being affected by it is a part of life and affirms our investment in the thing we lose at. Link here
i-D posted an article titled The argument against nostalgia: let's push things forward and it is a stance I wholeheartedly agree with. I find myself pining for the good ol' days more and more recently and I constantly have to remind myself that in this moment, we are probably way more empowered and capable than at any other point in our history. The technology is there, the money is sort of there and the people are definitely there. We need to explore new frontiers and leave the safety of the known behind.
Thanks to the growing number of blogging, micro-blogging, video and image-sharing platforms (Instagram have just launched a new one, Hyperlapse) the culture of looking back has never been more rampant. Scroll through the feeds of fashion bloggers, stylists, designers, and everyone who follows them and all you’ll find is an endless stream of Kate Moss #TBTs.
Margaret Howell speaks to the Business of Fashion in an older interview about her business and other things in this profile of her brand.
Howell has flourished in the Japanese market while many others fell by the wayside. Indeed, the country now accounts for 85 percent of the company’s turnover. “I don’t really know why the Japanese like the clothes so much, but I think it might be the quality or the naturalness of them. That real edited sort of minimal simplicity, which I love, maybe there’s a certain group in Japan that like that sort of thing.”
Margaret Howell has always been a brand I have been curious to check out. You can tell that a lot of care goes into her production just by how it is presented and how quiet it all is. Link here
I should also mention that I started an internet messageboard over here. The idea is to provide an online forum for likeminded Nigerians to meet, shoot the breeze and hopefully even collaborate on projects and so on. If the content of this blog is something you find interesting, then do feel free to sign up and introduce yourself in the introductions thread.
Hope to see you there!
Have a great week.
header image is Kate Moss for TopShop. Posted because she really is one of the greats.