As a new style writer to a Caribbean/Jamaican blog, I have realized there is so much to learn about Jamaica. The amazing music, the delicious food, and not to mention the beautiful beaches, but what about style? It's a large part of the Jamaican diaspora and is a driving force behind the island vibes. We take pride in providing information about the latest Caribbean inspired fashion and hair trends..
You might have seen the look on Beyoncé, Kendall Jenner, Jourdan Dunn and other trendsetters. The off-shoulder top is back and still the sexy/conservative look every woman should be rocking this Spring. At KNG2LA, we have taken notice of this 90s throwback style and it fondly reminds us of Grease and Olivia Newton's off shoulder black top. The width of this look is endless.
Bright color eye makeup is perfect for Spring and an 80s throwback that we can't get enough of currently, at KNG2LA! This new trend alert is for both mascara and eyeliner, which creates a monochromatic look fresh for the season. It's a bold, daring style that matches any skin complexion.
Adidas stock exploded over the past few days and they continue to grow in influence, as their competitors either stay stagnant (Nike) or are on the downslope (Under Armor). We saw this growth last year and wrote about how Adidas' philosophy had created an opportunity for them to continue to set the marketplace's tone, here. This trend does not seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
RastaToTheBone was born out of love and respect for His Imperial Majesty, Haile Selassie the 1st and the Rastafari faith, culture, and livity; together with great desire to reclaim culture, hence the reason for their slogan RECLAIMING CULTURE THROUGH CLOTHING - RastaToTheBone (RTTB) came together as a concept. Click the link to read more about RastaToTheBone, our exclusive sponsors in the UK!
53WTF53FTW takes some of Jamaica's favorite sayings, and food for that matter, and plasters it on T-shirts with a little American flare. One release that we find adorable is the tee "Give Us This Day Our Daily Breadfruit." A popular prayer among old and young Jamaicans. The shirts are cute and comfortable, the sayings are clever and catchy.
Let's go back two years. When it came to sneakers, and overall sportswear branding, Nike was the reason people lined up alongside sneaker shops and slept overnight on cold concrete. Nike has been telling the story and setting the tone for sportswear and marketing since the 80's. Yet, if you have been paying attention recently, things have changed.
Summer is in full swing and the search for the best beachwear of the season has begun. Luckily, emerging lifestyle brand COCONAUTICAL will be on hand to display their collection at an exclusive pop up show in none other than Kingston, Jamaica.
Inspiration is mysterious. How it comes about, how it is maintained, how it is accessed. These are the questions that every artist chases. These inspirations create some of our favorite songs, books, movies and clothing lines. This is how Selector! was founded. One idea spawned a line, solid in their execution of style but mysterious in who they are.
Streetwear brand Supreme and Barrington Levy-Jah Life have collaborated to create a line that honors the duos work together, which brought dancehall to the forefront of Jamaican music. Jah Life, along with his partner Henry "Junjo" Lawes, worked with Levy on his first three albums. These albums set the tone for modern day dancehall music.
Now, if you're ever in Jamaica when it's summer (which is basically all year round), you want to look your best while running around the resort and/or beach. It never an easy choice. Especially when there are so many bikini designers and styles to choose from. Not to worry, we are here to narrow your choices and resolve all your bikini anxiety.
The concept behind COCONAUTICAL, what it represents and the scale of the operation, is a first for a female Jamaican entrepreneur. Alessandra Belle has created a platform to empower women, who design their way, and now have a place to sell this empowerment. These female designers have found a hub in COCNAUTICAL, where their creativity is embraced, and distributed to women the world over.
So long 4/20 we're back to our typical daze. If that's the case and you're searching for the right threads to commemorate another epic night, we have just the thing!
Rita Ora and Adidas Originals have been releasing cutting edge capsule projects for some time now. The partnership has drawn inspiration from Geisha's to the solar system and keeps on bringing us fire.
Stüssy has a long history of paying tribute to the island of Jamaica. From its original Jah Lion tee back in the 80s, to its most recent collaboration with Peter Tosh a year ago. Now, for its Spring 2016 lookbook, it takes us back to Jamaica.
Whether you are in town for a quick visit, or you are a resident, barbershops reign supreme. A new haircut, a fresh line up, there really isn't anything like it. So, you need it, basically. Here are 3 of our top spots for what you need:
We all have that one OG friend, a friend that has been with us from the beginning, that one friend who will be with you until the very end (even if it’s a bit bitter). Ahlyn Thao and Yvonne Randolph are that for one another.
Samantha Aragon is the type of young female entrepreneur we love to admire. Known by her moniker Lil’ Fresh Sam, she started her funky fresh streetwear line Infatué at only 19 years old.
Funky hair colors! Even though this eccentric hair trend has been around since the punk rock/grunge stages of the late 80s-early 90s, we’ve seen a mainstream crossover in the last few years. You no longer have to be on stage munching a bat or concerning yourself with teen spirit to rock these glam colors on your dome.
Workout wear isn’t for athletes and workoutaholics anymore. It has increasingly become the new brunch, lunch, and dinner outfit for the everyday woman. Raw denim is now being replaced by your favorite leggings or yoga pants, and is must when grocery shopping or running your daily errands. Comfort is the new desire as this era of “athleisure” has taken women’s fashion by storm. Workout clothes are no longer being bought to sweat in, but instead, make a stylish fashion statement while still retaining comfort.