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. Two original girls, from very different backgrounds, whose worlds came together 6 years ago. Together as friends, they have already overlooked their own cultural differences and intend to live as examples of what women can achieve when working together, instead of against each other. In their world, a strong bond lays their foundation, and creativity knows no bounds.
From humble beginnings, Ahlyn and Yvonne met while dancing on a dance team based out of Sacramento, California. Out of necessity, they would design and make their own costumes for competitions. Ahyln made funky hair bows and Yvonne made sporty and stylish dance costumes. When they collaborated on these outfits, they realized they were better together than separate. Four years ago, the pair moved to Los Angeles so Ahlyn could attend The Art Institute, while Yvonne worked on crafting her music and working with children for the Los Angeles City Year Program.
Living the city life in Los Angeles, the two hip, young girls were on a path of self-discovery, enjoying every moment of it. While on this path, Ahlyn morphed into a new persona as Plutosrealm, due to the fact she was drawn to the planet since birth. While Yvonne found her creative self as well, and it’s name is Tobi Ghost. Yvonne really enjoys the androgyny of the name. The ladies once again combined their creative minds, love of design and new personas, to forge their fashion line, Original Girl Friend. The duo began by making cohesive, unique and edgy looks for petite to plus sizes. Now in their fourth season, Original Girl Friend, or OGF, bring us Zenith, their fall/winter 2015 debut.
Zenith, meaning the highest point of success, is used as a reminder to the designers and to the wearer to give it your all everyday. A reminder that success happens when opportunity meets preparation. Original Girl Friend is a made to wear line. You can contact the designers through their OGF Instagram account or through their online magazine for inquiries and to give dimensions specific to you.
There is much to see in the coming months from OGF who recently collaborated with Reebok Classic for a new shoe campaign out in December. The campaign was shot by photographer Tasha Bleu of Treu Bleu Imagery who has since become a fan of the OGF line. Bleu is making plans to work with the designers for a gallery exhibit set in the near future.
“Two is Better Than One” is the slogan behind OGF. They rightfully believe that when you surround yourself with people that challenge you creatively and who support you wholly, possibilities are infinite, endless. Working hard and playing hard is the OGF way. They are dedicated to the huslte daily, making strides toward a life of fulfillment and for their chance on the catwalk at New York Fashion Week 2016!
Have a listen to OGF’s talented designer Tobi Ghost’s newest single “Take it there.” She is working on an EP ready to be released next year. Stay tuned!