Posts tagged ‘Jamaica’

Quality Black Cotton

First, I’d like to wish all of you a Happy Labor Day. I know you all are probably out and celebrating but I just had to drop in with something for you guys!!

Came across this brand Black Cotton Apparel,

<<< Isn’t this design super cute!!(Photo Courtesy of BlackCottonApparel.com)

Being that I am of Caribbean decent(Big Ups to Jamaica, mi love yuh! I love you other island too! :-)) I could not let the amazing designs and philosophy pass me by (Yes,I am a sucker for good art and culture!).

You know I love you all, so I got the chance to dig deep into the brand and what it stood for in an interview. Check it Out….

What inspired you to create your brand Black Cotton Apparel?

When we started Black Cotton there were just a handful of apparel lines out there and most of them lacked substance and quality. We felt that we needed to create something that represents the caribbean correctly.

Black Cotton Apparel; how did you come up with this name for your brand?

The name ‘Black Cotton’ came out of a brainstorming session. It was one of the many names thrown on the table. The mulitple meanings that could be derived from the name was very appealing and worked well with African American history.

How do you think your brand Black Cotton Apparel will help change the outlook of people towards one another?

It’s human nature for people to find ways to separate themselves but Black Cotton Apparel aims to showcase our similarities through our designs. The African diaspora is so wide and deep but every one of us must remember that we came from the same place.

What makes Black Cotton Apparel stand out from all other brands?

I think our strongest asset is our creative designs and the intention behind the art. There are many lines out now that lack creativity and an authentic purpose. What we try to do is inspire, entertain and enlighten!

What inspired you to develop the idea of the designs for your tees ?

The inspiration comes from everything around us- the past, present and future. Ultimately, our inspiration comes from God and his compassion and love for all people.

What inspired you to develop the idea of the “Trifector” tee?

The ‘Trifector’ tee is a combination of African , Caribbean, and African American motifs. This particular design draws on slave labor and the transatlantic slave trade, better known as the triangle trade.

What has been the biggest accomplishment for your brand Black Cotton Apparel?

Every new progressive conversation that is sparked as a result of our brand is a big accomplishment!

Where do you see Black Cotton Apparel 5 years from now?

Black Cotton Apparel will be in a better position to make a positive change in the mental state of millions through art and fashion. We plan to have a flagship store where you can find all the latest Black Cotton Apparel and also socialize with like-minded individuals.

If you could describe your brand Black Cotton Apparel in one word what would it be? Why?

Perseverance! It sums it all up. Without perseverance we wouldn’t be where we are now! Our history is a perfect example of what spiritual tenacity and persistence can achieve. We believe people would be better off with perseverance than with intelligence.

What else can we expect to see from Black Cotton Apparel?

You can expect us to experiment with other types of apparel and accessories. You might even see a documentary or two…we will keep you posted!

Where can Black Cotton Apparel items be purchased?

It’s currently available online at www.blackcottonapparel.com.

Other contact information:

Phone : 754 300 8508

Twitter : @bcapparel

Facebook: www.facebook.com/blackcottonapparel

Independence; 50 years

Would like to take the time out to show my love for my culture.

Happy 50th independence to Jamaica!
“Out of many one people” “Land we Love”

Without this country/culture I wouldn’t be who I am today.

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Love your Culture,
BkAphrodite

“Affairs of the Heart”

Once again, I’m still on vacation in Jamaica(in my mind). I just can’t stop missing that place. The people were so care free and everything was so much slower paced than NYC. It felt great to take a break but now I just want to get back to that stress free feeling of Jamaica. Though, I can’t go back now…I use the music to bring me back that stress free feeling. So, I thought I’d share one of the songs that I fell in love with. I think you might just fall in love too. Hoping you too feel the same stress free feeling. The most important thing I want you to check out is Damian Marley’s locs….I’m IN LOVE!! Makes me want locs!

Definitely, take a listen and look…..

Until next time…

Love,

BkAphrodite

Vacation Hair: Kinks Curls & Coils

When traveling with natural hair you may come to many road blocks.

1) The change in climate

2) Product availability

3) You are only allotted one free suitcase after that its 50$ (depending on the airline)

4) No liquids in your hand luggage.

So you first think okay there is a possibility of a climate change alright let me pack my climate control products because I might not be able to find the products I need. Then you remember, if I do that I’ll be paying for another suitcase being that I am the ultimate product junkie. Alright, I’ll pack it in my hand luggage. Well, your out of luck thanks to recent airport incidents.

As I packed for my vacation all of these road blocks appeared. Thanks to the KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.com launch party, I was able to break down those blocks and travel happily. I got a slew of sample products and they all made my hair feel and look awesome.

The products I used were:

Design Essentials: Natural Curl Cleanser(Sulfate Free Shampoo)

Curls:Coconut Curlada Conditioner

Karen’s Body Beautiful: Sweet Ambrosia Leave-In conditioner(Pomegranate Guava)

Overall, the experience I had with these products were amazing. My hair was left feeling soft and my curls and coils looking lovely. The cleanser was very sudsy which gave my hair that clean feeling, and made my curls peek out. Once the conditioner was applied I detangled, left it in for about 3-5 minutes and rinsed out. This was sure to make my curl POP. It also had a nice Caramel Coconut smell to it. I loved it!! I almost don’t want to try any other products. The leave-in was then applied and my hair felt extremely soft and manageable.

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The only downfall was that the Leave-In had a chemically smell when I rubbed it in my hand to apply to my hair. I think it might have been the Pomegranate Guava “flavor”. I also anticipated purchasing some authentic Jamaican black castor oil but the availability was scarce. Therefore, I was left with no oils to add to my hair.

If you have not tried any of the above products, they are highly recommended. Find out if your hair will love it too.

Until next time….

Love,
BkAphrodite

Hair Styling and Fashion Cafe Meetup

If you are from Jamaica or will be in that part of the country on March 31st be sure to stop by this event…..

Beautiful Earth: Natural Hair Haven

presents…..

Hair Styling and Fashion Cafe Meetup

When: March 31, 2012

Where: Simma Down Cafe @ the Bob Marley Museum

Tickets are $500 JA

You can pick up tickets at…

Beautiful Earth

151 Constant Spring Road

or

Earth Elements

35 Constant Spring Road

Discussion and Demonstrations will be going on!!

Plus Debaz designs

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Until next time….

Love,
BkAphrodite