Introducing CLNK, a new fashion line by Brown students

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If you’ve been searching for a clothing line that seamlessly blends African prints with modern street style, your dream has just come true. If that search hasn’t kept you awake at night, well, your dream might have just come true anyway, because four Brown students have just dropped a gorgeous fashion collection that appeals to all crowds.

Everything started last semester, when Chimezie Udozorh ’16 was looking for African inspired pieces to add to her wardrobe. She commented, “It was really hard to find clothes I liked, and if I did, they were really expensive.” Her and her brother, Kelechukwu Udozorh ’18, were working with their dance team’s sewing machine to make performance outfits, when the idea fell on them to make clothes of their very own. What started with family sweaters for Christmas, turned into a winter recess project to launch a fashion line. Leadz Dorcé ’16 (also featured on folkmade) and Nora Hakizimana ’16 joined the team, and after weeks of nonstop work, the collection launched in mid February.

Chi and Kele are from Nigeria, and they are primarily responsible for producing the clothes. Leadz is from Haiti, and she’s in charge of advertising, logo design, and the website — with the help of computer science concentrator, Joshua Chavez ’16. Nora is from Rwanda, and heads up the business and numbers end of the line from abroad this semester. CLNK is a special opportunity for consumers to purchase unique fashion with a rich cultural heritage. As Leadz put it, “we are the source material.”

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How to wear long underwear this winter

Listen up, kiddos: Father Winter is here and he’s not going to move his fat frigid ass until April. But fret not. The key to enjoying winter is to dress warmly, and the key to dressing warmly is to wear long underwear. Though long underwear is traditionally worn on the legs, it works almost anywhere on the body. Here are a few suggestions that will keep you feeling warm and looking cool all winter long:

1. Undies-over-Collar

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Legend holds that this classic looks dates back to the Tudor Dynasty. A long underwear scarf functions much like a normal scarf, but is lighter and more sexy.

2. Outdoor Hand Warmers

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Main Green is deserted in winter because most people can’t stand the cold. But if you arm yourself with thermals, you’ll have the quad all to yourself on those clear November days.

3. Pippi Long Johns

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Forgot your hat at home? No worries. Just whip out your thermals and put ‘em on your noggin. The elastic waist band makes for a snug fit while the legs offer endless braiding opportunities. Continue Reading


A Cool Thing You Shouldn’t Miss: WIB presents WhatWeWearWhere

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Wear Where will you be tonight? Join Brown Women in Business (WIB) at 8 p.m. in Kassar for an event hosted by a mother-daughter duo. Kelley Harrison ’13 and her mother, Kathy, co-founded the fashion app and wardrobe guide WhatWeWearWhere!

Wait, what does your startup WhatWeWearWhere do? Basically, it’s an Instagram for those who never know what to wear, curated by those who always know what to wear.

WhatWeWearWhere allows you to see what people are actually wearing at different colleges, workplaces, restaurants, and events and where they bought their outfits. Yeah, you can even see what people wear to The Whiskey Republic because, well, you probably forgot. More popular categories include “Brown University,” “financial analyst,” “charity event,” “wedding,” and “4th of July.” If you’re really struggling, there’s even an “at home” category. Basically, anyone can share photos of their unique style and see what others are wearing.

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Alums who do cool things: Sari Azout ’10 and Bib+Tuck

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Sari Azout ’10, a Colombian-born former International Relations concentrator, always had an eye for business and trends in the market. After graduating from Brown in 2010, she moved to New York City with a couple childhood friends and worked as a trader for a bank. As a way to save time and money while always looking good, she and her roommates began trading clothes and soon became addicted to the revolving closet.

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They would freely bib (give) and tuck (take), establishing a new type of barter that required no more than a mutually beneficial exchange of clothes. Sari and her partners soon decided to bring this new means of “shopping without spending” to the world, thus creating Bib + Tuck. You may recognize the name; the company recently collaborated with Fashion@Brown for their clothing swap. In 2011, even before it launched, the company was Vogue approved, solidifying it as a bona fide fashion novelty.

Sari took some time out of her busy schedule to tell BlogDH all about the company, fashion, and her time at Brown. Check out the interview and an exclusive promo code after the jump:

 

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Art School(ed): 5 reasons you should keep an eye on Eckhaus Latta

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Eckhaus Latta, a New York-based label created by designers Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta, piqued the interest of clotheshorses and journalists alike after their first traditional runway show (of their fifth collection) at The Standard Hotel during the recent New York Fashion Week. Transcendent, quick-witted, and visceral, Eckhaus Latta redefines fashion’s limits. The designers behind Eckhaus Latta, still just 26, have thrown themselves head first into the fashion world and expanded the capacities of a tired (and often market-driven) medium. Here’s why you should keep an eye on Eckhaus Latta, as this design duo churns fabric masterpieces out of their Chinatown studio, after the jump: Continue Reading


Student group spotlight: Fashion at Brown (F@B)

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Ever wonder why it seems like all the fashionistas hang out together? No, they’re not all just lost RISD students. It’s because students interested in fashion are coming together through their involvement in Fashion at Brown (aka F@B). According to its mission statement, F@B “is dedicated to bringing a fashion outlet to Brown students interested in all different aspects of the fashion world.” Aside from being the primary fashion outlet on campus—and, more generally, from making the campus a better-looking place—F@B  promotes local businesses and student artists. In case there’s a little Andrea Sachs post-new-Chanel-boots hidden inside of you, F@B is the best place to relish in style.

Opposite its Fashion Week in the spring, the group typically has a photo shoot in the fall to celebrate art and clothes. This year it took its shoots to a whole new level by shooting in the The Steel Yard. The local space usually serves as a place for metal working classes and workshops, music festivals, and at-risk youth programs, but in the hands of F@B, it became a unique ground for snapping chic looks. (See a video of the shoot after the jump.)