Spencer Badu Celebrates Journeys and Migration With Vibrant "011" Collection
Takings inspiration from dance and music as a form of cultural preservation.
Canadian-Ghanian designer Spencer Badu has unveiled a deeply personal new collection dubbed “011.” The range reflects the designer’s parents journey from Ghana to Europe and North America, exploring the theme of migration through the juxtaposition of different outdoor settings and traditional uniforms.
Badu tapped graphic designer Mike Sunday to curate a range of garments inspired by classic Afro-Caribbean clothing and the concept of dance and music as a form of cultural preservation. Highlights from the collection include a vibrant line-up of color-knitted tank tops made in Portugal and sportswear pieces that showcase an intentional twist, elevating them to an everyday wardrobe staple.
“011” also explores the sustainable use of deadstock denim and old jeans. Badu expressed, “Second-hand clothing has always been a big market for African countries, but I wanted to intercept that process and use some of our old garments before they get shipped to another country only for us to forget about them and consume more.”
The tailored side of “011”, made of water replant and recycled nylon, sees raw seams and exposed construction, reimagining the concept of opulence and shedding light on the process of making. Elsewhere, the glass accessories in the collection were 3D designed and printed in collaboration with Spencer Houghton, which encapsulated all the brand’s elements, including circularity.
Have a closer look at the vibrant collection above. You can now shop “011” from Spencer Badu’s official website.
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