ART + FASHION - In The Community

ART + FASHION - In The Community

  Saturday, June 4th, 2016
1 - 4 PM


at our Pop-Up Gallery, at: 
Bronx Music Heritage Center
1303 Louis Nine Blvd
Bronx, NY 10459


The Bronx River Art Center (BRAC) is pleased to announce a day of Art + Fashion in the community. Celebrating the closing of our current exhibition, Africa: In Fashion & Fabric, the second in a two-part series presented in association with The Bronx Council on the Arts' Bronx: Africa programming, which celebrates the influence of African cultures and their arts which have strengthened and transformed us as a borough.

Join us on Saturday, June 4thfrom 1 - 4PM, for activities including an African Pop-Up Shop, sponsored by I-CAF, the International-Coalition for African Fashion, and a Fashion Show by the Bronx's own Phoenix Queens, Wisdom Born Zulu Chapter 29.

The International-Coalition for African Fashion (I-CAF) is a nonprofit industry association whose membership consists of designers, suppliers, manufacturers, retailers, media, and consumers with the common goal of promoting the mainstream sustainability of African fashion. Established in 2014, I-CAF embraces and raises awareness about African and African-Inspired fashion through content-driven events, networking, and collaborative initiatives. I-CAF continues to build and connect a global community that supports growth and sustainability in the African fashion industry on the continent and abroad for commercial consumption. The I-CAF African Pop-Up Shop will feature the latest in ready-to-wear African and African-Inspired Fashions. Vendors include Liberia's Vita Talie, Ethiopia's Hagereseb, Nigeria's Ankara Nimi and more.

Vita Talie is an ethical fashion lifestyle brand that fuses innovative designs with exotic textiles inspired by and from the continent of Africa, founded by sisters Jovita and Natalie Ross. Not only do they design extraordinary fashionable pieces, but they have a willingness to give back to both of their communities. All Vita Talie products are produced in the USA and handcrafted by local artisans in Accra, Ghana.

Hagereseb is all of us together, our identity, our history, our culture, our tradition, our heritage, our belonging. Our goal is to embrace and support "the Hagereseb lifestyle - the artisan craftsmanship of African villages" to be inspired and to help preserve the culture, traditions, language and talents that are passed from generation to generation. We hope to achieve this in small but meaningful ways, through the stories we tell and through our inspirational collections. 

AnkaraNimi is your one-stop shop for all African Fabric and accessories. Our handmade items include T-shirts, hair accessories, jewelry, footwear, clutch/handbags, notebooks and iPad cases. Creating unique pieces that are beautiful, ready-to-wear and never mass produced. Be ethnically unique!

The Phoenix Queens of the Nation, Wisdom Born Zulu Chapter 29, is a community organizing Chapter of the Universal Zulu Nation, based in and organizing out of the South Bronx. The goals of the Phoenix Queens of the Nation are to Restore Balance to our communities, and Help, Encourage, Inspire and Empower each other and the people we serve. The Phoenix Queens will be modeling both traditional African garments and modern African-Inspired designs by local Bronx designers. The designers will also be selling their ready-to-wear garments and accessories at the vendor tables. 

The African Pop-Up Shop, Fashion Show and more will take place on Saturday, June 4th, from 1PM to 4PM at BRAC's pop-up gallery at the Bronx Music Heritage Center. The Bronx Music Heritage Center is located at 1303 Louis Nine Blvd, off the Freeman St stop on the 2/5 Trains.