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GARMENTS FOR THE DARING

 

UKOO STUDIOS

COLLECTION 01 

 
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MADE FOR CULTURAL PROVOCATEURS


“Who am I but the child of those that came before me? Who are you? Who are we?”

These three questions underscore the intention behind COLLECTION 01 from UKOO STUDIOS — an extensive study of culture and the debut offering of LA-based, Nigerian x Congolese designers, Will Edem and Mike Wamungu.

The collection explores themes of consciousness, ancestry, and lineage, manifested into utilitarian silhouettes and vibrant pops of color that embody the pride and resilience of ancestors past; while communicating the dichotomy (and shared synergy) of the African diaspora — particularly between the years of 1957-1969.

The look-book finds us immersed in the lush greenery of a vast jungle. A young pair adorned in striking orange and cherry red stand pensively, their gazes demanding a regal deference, yet revealing an intimate, masculine vulnerability.

What’s brought them there is unknown. Tribal markings and bare feet hint at a potential pilgrimage. The jungle, all-encompassing and pristine, distorts our perception of time and space.

COLLECTION 01 invites us to explore self, unearth what was, question what is, and reimagine what could be.

Welcome.

A UNIFORM, REDEFINED

THREE ITEMS. ONE SUIT. HAND-CRAFTED IN LA.

AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW THROUGH 1/31/19 ONLY.

ITEMS BEGIN SHIPPING IN MARCH.


MIGRANT OVER-SHIRT

Harvest orange over-shirt kissed by the equator sun. Hand-carved wooden buttons stare at onlookers intently, beckoning pensive states of self-reflection. Two front-pockets serve as treasure troves for valued belongings.

  • Double-Layered, Cut & Sew Over-Shirt

  • 12.6 oz Kurabo Japanese Denim

  • 100% Cotton

  • Hand Carved Wooden Buttons

  • Two Front Chest Pockets

  • Back Centerfold

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SCARIFICATION PANT

Rich cherry red slim leg jean adorned with tribal markings inviting a traversive life stage. Manufactured with denim fabric made to withstand migration. Finished with a boastful UKOO brand on the knee, an allusion one’s familial allegiance.

  • Cherry Red 4 Pocket Jean
  • 12.5 oz 100% Cotton Denim
  • Mid Rise
  • Slim Leg
  • Royal Blue ½ inch Scarification Marks
  • Harvest Orange UKOO Brand
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SCARIFICATION PANT

Rich cherry-red slim leg jean adorned with tribal markings indicate a traversive life stage. Manufactured with denim fabric made to withstand migration. Finished with a boastful UKOO brand on the knee, an allusion to one’s familial allegiance.

  • Cherry Red 4 Pocket Jean
  • 10.5 oz Candiani Denim
  • 100% Cotton
  • Mid Rise
  • Slim Leg
  • Royal Blue ½ inch Scarification Marks
  • Harvest Orange UKOO Brand

UKOO ARMBAND

Rich-cherry red armband provides protection and strength for the impending journey. Royal blue tribal markings communicate clan affiliation — welcoming those who come in peace, deterring those with ill intent.  

  • Cherry Red Arm Band

  • One Size Fits All

  • Velcro Closure

  • Royal Blue ½ inch Scarification Marks

  • Harvest Orange UKOO Brand

UKOO SUIT

The amalgamation of ancestral armor, meditative reflection, and decadent modernism, expressed through a uniform that transcends time.

Includes:

  • Migrant Shirt
  • Scarification Pant
  • UKOO Armband

UKOO SUIT

The amalgamation of ancestral armor, meditative reflection, and decadent modernism, expressed through a uniform that transcends time.

Includes:

  • Migrant Shirt
  • Scarification Pant
  • UKOO Armband

TELL YOUR STORY


What is life but a series of conversations and moments, stringed together?

COLLECTION 01 is our invitation for you to join this conversation. It is a love letter to change-makers everywhere. To those who’ve decided to buck the status quo, and undertake pursuits that celebrate and instigate the human condition through their work.

To don an UKOO garment is to accept one’s responsibility as a provocateur: caretaker of history, community, and culture. And it is to tell one’s story boldly and proudly.

Is that you?

- Will Edem x Mike Wamungu