kingsandqueens

everyday is Black History. Dont limit yourselves to just learn about your culture and history once a month every year. We’re deeper than that. Our culture and history is way deeper than the things they tell us in school. We have to value black people to the fullest cause nobody else isn’t and thats evident. Learn for yourself, read for yourself, educate yourself about our history. I thank God for blessing me to be born into black royalty. Cause at the end of the day were all Kings &Queens nothing less.

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The kings and queens like to think of the next era not only in quality wear but also strive to welcome young fresh denim heads to join our never-ending denim love story.

To help us along, we collaborate with the denim minor class of the Amsterdam Fashion Institute. We’re not shy when it comes to passing on our philosophy, and this is why King Tony is happy to open our doors to our castle to the denim project group of students. On location, the group got an exclusive presentation that gave them input for their mission of creating a sub-line for Kings of Indigo that they completed within six months.

And this is where the story begins: Highly motivated and inspired by the philosophy of K.O.I, the group made its way from the first sketch, to design, through branding and production, and finally arriving at the final royal product.

To get an exclusive insight of the process we interviewed our princess Kimberley who has been part of the AMFI denim team and now enriches our kingdom for half a year.

What was your project about?

We had the task to create a sub line - a small collection - for Kings of Indigo. It should fit perfectly to K.O.I but at the same time give a new input. This was challenging, however we quickly had a clear vision and idea about the collection and the products. We called the line “Kameyo”. It is a Japanese word and a symbol of a long life. It cherishes the imperfection in clothing following the Wabi-Sabi philosophy – a comprehensive Japanese aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection.

How did you implement your idea in the clothing?

We showed the imperfection by repaired patches for instance. We used Sashiko stitching – an old Japanese craftsmanshift of reinforcement stitching. Also we provided a repair-kit including new patches and Sashiko threads to repair a jeans with a Japanese touch. I think we proved that repairing doesn’t need to be ugly but adds value to clothing and makes them special.

Out of the whole collection two jeans, a denim blouse, a silk waist coat, a striped long sleeve, a denim jacket and a natural indigo dyed kimono had been realized. The jeans were produced in a factory in Istanbul. We visited the factory to see our first washings and samples and were surprised as they turned out to be above our expectations. We were very happy to hold our own designed jeans in our hands!

What was your inspiration?

We tried to underline K.O.I’s concept of creating Americana denim with a Japanese eye for detail. There is still a great gap on the market for feminine denim, as the typical denim look is really masculine. That’s why our goal was to create a feminine denim line for women. Therefore we turned the mission of K.O.I. We produced Japanese clothing’s with an American eye for detail. We showed the Japanese style in wide fits and a lot of layering. In one jeans pattern for instance we moved the cinch to the front of the jeans, used the typical American 5 pockets and many of the K.O.I branding details. That’s how we stayed true to the brand.

What is your favorite piece and why?

I really liked the Kimono we created. The specialty was that we dyed it ourselves with natural indigo. It made it to a unique piece.

What was the best moment during your project?

It was nice to see the collection in process until it was done.

The best moment was when we presented our collection at the final presentation. Tony was also there. We put so much time, effort and heart into the collection. That is why we were really happy to see how enthusiastic Tony reacted to our final result, we felt honored and proud. 



HAPPY END!