Daily Paper & Wekafore celebrate West African culture with new collection
an ode to Fela's legacy
an ode to Fela's legacy
Amsterdam-based streetwear brand, Daily Paper has teamed up with Nigerian fashion brand Wekafore to release a first time ever capsule collection. Entitled “THE SPIRIT DON’T DIE,” the collection celebrates the life and times of Nigerian music icon and Afrobeat pioneer, Fela Kuti. This is another one of the brand’s attempts to celebrate the African heritage and spotlight new cutting-edge designers, and what better brand to tap in order to bring this vision to life than Wekafore.
WEKAFORE was founded by a Lagos-born Nigerian designer Wekafore Maniu Jibri, which finds him reflecting on the work of his grandfather who passed away without fulfilling his dreams. He found a way to bring his grandad’s work back to life as some form of reincarnation for the whole world to witness the brilliance. The designs are the epitome of modern African styles and aesthetics with a hint of American culture which finds beauty in androgyny by mixing both feminine and masculine styles.
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The genius in Fela Kuti as the muse for the execution of the collection is outstanding. The musical legend and icon has paved the way politically, musically and even sartorially, which was very much an essential part of his innovative artistry. “Like Fela, the pieces are very pink, very psychedelic and very African at the same time. And that represents 100%. And I think being able to speak that way through a platform like daily paper is a testament to contemporary African consciousness,” says Wekafore Maniu Jibril of the newly released collection.
Daily Paper and Wekafore have grown from humble beginnings to where they are now with a lot of love and support from the community. Both have a certain message they aim to share with their audience through their designs, which has then brought them together for this collection as they celebrate Africa culture and heritage. Every piece found in the collection represents or is an interpretation of, West African culture from the Lasered-on Denim, Kalakutu Queens Print to the Red Acid-Wash.
The Daily Paper x Wekafore Collection is set to be available for purchase globally online and in-store across all Flagship stores on Friday, October 15th.