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Bata Heritage releases their AW17 Footwear Collection

Bata Heritage releases AW17 Footwear collection in their 3 key styles, Bullet, Tennis and Hot Shots.

Bata Heritage’s Bullet Shoes, famously worn by basketballer Magic Johnson, offer a range of rich autumnal colours such a burgundy, khaki, dark blues, mustard, orange, greys and black. Also available in leather as well as the classic canvas and rubber combination.

The AW17 classic Tennis style trainer, originally from India is also available in a range of colours for winter. The star of the AW17 Collection is the relaunch of Bata’s Hot Shot’s, a favourite of Rock legend Kurt Cobain, in khaki, navy and blue with contrasting logos.

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BSTN Streetwear invades Germany

BSTN is a streetwear brand and store located in Munich, Germany. They’re renowned for delivering the hottest street trends available and masterminding some of the coolest collaborations out there.

ellesse recently joined forces with the founders, Duki and “Fu”, to create a capsule collection exclusive to the German retailers.

Here “Fu” (Chris “Fu” Boszczyk, Co-Founder, BSTN Store) explains why collaborating with ellesse was such a feat:

“Growing up in the late 80’s / early 90’s – the BSTN owners have always had a strong passion for heritage Sportswear. Teaming up with an OG brand like ellesse is pretty much as dope as it gets. Plus we’re keeping “100% Euro” here, which is the somewhat the cherry on top.  Ciao Bella – this is definitely one for the ages!”

Matthew Read, Head Designer at ellesse UK, shares “Fu”s passion for the collaboration:
“The ellesse x BSTN capsule collection has been a fantastic collaboration to work on. BSTN is such a great urban brand, recognised not only in Germany but internationally, it was an obvious choice.

Duki and Fu’s concepts complimented the heritage of ellesse and their strong passion for streetwear made it a really easy partnership. We’re extremely proud of the pieces this collaboration has generated.”

The launch party will be at the BSTN Munich store on Saturday 21st October.
The collection is available exclusively to BSTN.

Where African Fashions Meet the Stylish Traveler

Shangani Fashion’s

Shangani Fashion’s debut presentation during New York Fashion Week conveys contemporary cuts that are accented with vintage accessories. Shangani Fashion Designs are a juxtaposition of culture and style. Shangani is an African tribe who dwelled near the Shangani River in Zimbabwe, Africa. The tribe was named after its founder; and the name “Shoshangani” means traveler. Shangani Fashion is a brand inspired by the experience of travel and the exposure of different cultures.

Creations by Shangani’s Designers merge their travel experiences with colorful ethnic prints, and contemporary shapes to create a high fashion, ready-to-wear look. Traditional African fabrics with a modern mix, is the passion behind Shangani Fashions.

The design duo collaborating on the aesthetics are Fashion Designers Elesia Peterman and Mary Moore. Moore is a graduate of the University of Zimbabwe and a world traveler.

My inspirations are fusions of my cultural, travel experiences and my Zimbabwean heritage and styles. Shoppers will find divers influences from the Caribbean, European and Middle-Eastern expressions in my fashions. I enjoy mixing various African influences with a contemporary cut and shape for a modernized look. And the result is a ready-to-wear brand that is suitable for all occasions” explains Mary Moore.

 “My creative inspiration comes from a fusion of time, epoch periods and cultures, while remaining Afrocentric.” States Elesia Peterman. “I want our line to show that African print transcends. The looks can be worn strictly as traditional wear, but the looks can also be incorporated in business and everyday casual use. What makes our line unique is that it isn’t just an African meets Western cohesion. Our goal is to reach and inspire a much bigger market. Our line is an international fusion. Also, being a millennial, I feel I can relate with the style trends my peers are excited about.. I want to use clothing design as my voice and demonstration of creativity

Shangani offers looks for both men and women, and intends to expand the menswear line for upcoming seasons. The garments are wearable for business casual or as formal wear. Depending on the type of garment design, the brand uses one-hundred percent cotton, applied with Dutch Wax print, Denim and other uniquely blended materials of the finest quality. Completing the Afro-inspired look, the Shangani brand also features handcrafted travel handbags and clutch bags. Accessories such as earrings, bracelets and shoes, add a hint of sophistication to an individual’s look.

Photo Credits: Macintosh Smith