0 Cart
Added to Cart
    You have items in your cart
    You have 1 item in your cart
    Total

    News — Fashion

    Kicking Off Season Two!

    Kicking Off Season Two!

    2017 was the year that pretty much set the pace and tone for Blaque Falcon Clothing and Publishing. The very idea of kicking off a clothing line came to fruition following multiple brainstorms, questions, set-backs and a whole barrage of emails sent to different suppliers and merchandisers. The result was our first collection of clothing and the brand’s publication of its debut novel, Drax. The experience itself was somewhat of an education for myself. To test the market’s waters, last summer I decided to rent my own pop-up shop, and pursue a very short career as a market trader. I traded in Chingford, Brick Lane, Battersea, Tottenham, Enfield and Battersea. I took every opportunity available to receive direct feedback and involvement in getting the brand off the ground.

    With the first-hand experience and lessons learned during this in 2017, I knew that the intention for Season Two was going to be somewhat of a transitional one. I very much wanted to keep the brand’s ethos of regal sovereignty yet take the brand to a period of ascension; and to achieve this was to take Blaque Falcon to a new direction.

    Usually when companies, brands, people of influence etc. announce that they wish to take themselves in a new direction, this usually results in the audience giving a somewhat nervous sense of anticipation of what’s to come next. I’d like to think the host of YouTube videos and other exclusive behind the scenes content on social media have dispelled any sense of doubt of what’s to come for Season Two.

    Season One was, to say the least a warm-up to what we have in store for Season Two. I wanted to kick-start the brand by starting modestly – providing a simplistic, yet a quality controllable collection for both men and women. This involved a minimal line of T-Shirts, long-sleeve t-shirts, jogging bottoms and hoodies for both genders, as well as a unisex Sweatshirt. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with the majority of customers and supporters complimenting on the softness and comfort of the products – not to mention the positive reader reviews of my novel Drax. While this was all very humbling and of course exciting, this gave me a detailed enough baseline on where to take Season Two, namely keep doing what you’re doing but better.

    The Season One photoshoots all provided a very urban theme to jump-start, which clearly worked, but to introduce a fresh new outlook, I wanted to bring in a more preppy-summertime theme in. We have a collection of Unisex Casual shirts, and knitted sweatshirts, a range of Mens Chino Trousers and Shorts, Polo -shirts for both men and women as well as some crop-top shirts for women - not to mention a range of unisex Bomber Jackets.

    I have truly been blessed to work with several talented individuals to make Season Two come to fruition. It’s collaborations like these that personally confirmed to me that my entrepreneurial endeavour was very much the correct path to take. As mentioned on previous posts, the Falcon symbolises the visionary power necessary to achieve one’s goal, thus achieving spiritual sovereignty. We as Falconites and Falconettes elevate ourselves to see beyond the horizon, and when necessary, we swoop in for our prey with no permission while also eliminating all distractions en route.

    Ikenna Nwimo

    Goodbye 2017!

    Goodbye 2017!

    Falconites and Falconettes, what a year 2017 has been introducing Blaque Falcon to the world! Those of you that have been with us from the beginning understand that the brand’s original and current conception was based on the premise of questioning the apparent reality around us and introducing a new form of thinking. As some of you know, there is a new paradigm shift that is very much on its way to the most efficient method and for us to get through this, is to continue the process of questioning the apparent. This would of course require a sense of boldness and audacity, but that is what makes you part of the family – hence the inception of the hashtags #NewRules and #JoinTheFamily.

    When we begin to deconstruct the apparent and reconstruct our own realities, we can then apply our own rules to the internal kingdom that we maintain. So when you purchase a T-Shirt, Hoodie, Sweatshirt or Jogging Bottom or even buy and read a copy of DRAX from Blaque Falcon, you have just initiated yourself to Falcon-ite/ette status. This means that you have completed forgotten about the self-limiting fabric that’s holding you back and confirmed to yourself that you’re ready for a whole new adventure. This takes us to our slogan, #BlaqueistheNewBlack.

    When we start expanding our vocabulary in our journeys we are now free to start re-wording some of the words that were taught to us at a young age. The term ‘Blaque’ for example, doesn’t necessarily mean the colour black, it was re-spelt as a method to force the seeker to immediately think in an alternative fashion – and the best part about it is, this is where it gets fun, for anyone can partake in reworking our descriptions of our present reality!

    2017 was a successful but educational year. While our first year in business was a profitable one, plenty of lessons were learnt too, who knows what awaits us for 2018…

    Ikenna Nwimo

    Founder

    Bryanda Notes meets Blaque Falcon

    Bryanda Notes meets Blaque Falcon

    During the middle of October 2017, Blaque Falcon held its very first Pop-Up store in Walthamstow, East London. The shop itself had many guests, (check out the YouTube video here) but not many more established than the lovely Bryanda Notes.

    The relationship began from some simple social media networking. When she expressed the idea of having shots done of her visit in the city of London for her Bryanda Notes platform, I knew just the photographer who would be available to get the job done.

    Iyanka Cooray (Framed Fantasies) immediately came to mind due to my previous experience with him on previous shoots. We both had worked together while I was working on my Luciano’s World blog, a few years back and I thought he captured the London surroundings around me rather elegantly. I believed this would be perfect for a new guest to the city, so I made the initial contact with him to get this done.

    Bryanda flew in from her hometown of Virginia, U.S.A to give us Londoners a visit to meet with myself and the Blaque Falcon brand first-hand, but primarily to provide project support for the Dr. Boyce Watkins Economic Empowerment event that took place in North London. The event itself was an extreme success for Blaque Falcon, as this was an ample opportunity to market and also network with those in the conscious ‘Blaque’ community. An occasion that was well worth the time and effort!

    To add to this, the shoot itself was an enormous success, with Bryanda certainly flaunting her stuff and looked effortlessly comfortable (all pink) infront of Iyanka’s camera. This all followed by a trip to the Blaque Falcon Pop-Up store, in which Bryanda gave an interview to myself regarding Blaque Falcon’s Season One Clothing Line and my debut Novel DRAX.

    We are all very grateful for Bryanda and her team’s effort in coming down to the U.K. and we certainly look forward to seeing them all in the very near future!

    You can find more on Bryanda and her platform here

    You can also find more on Iyanka Cooray’s photography here 

    Blaque Falcon Season One Photoshoots

    Blaque Falcon Season One Photoshoots

    Lights. Cameras…and we lifted off to action! The first ever Blaque Falcon Season One shoot kicked off on Saturday 20th May at RiDa Studios in Shoreditch, East London. Despite the weather troubles, the shoot was an overwhelming success. Looking at the result of the look book brochure, you wouldn’t think that some of the models were inexperienced! The shoot itself, was shot in two parts: E-commerce and Look Book. These were shot by up coming creative photographers Declan Mckenna (who also modelled) and Jack Lindengray.

    The E-Commerce was shot in a simple white background of the studio itself. These are the shots that you see in the product areas of the website. The Look Book was shot by the main cobbled road on Blossom Street, just outside the studio. Rain befell us a little bit, so we had an intermission to let the rain die down and we simply carried on. You’ll find on some of the shots that we utilised the grey-industrial style of the area, to authentically show the brick and mortar atmosphere of East London.

    The second shoot was taken in a new foreign land to me – Frankfurt, Germany. I travelled to the city of Mainz to shoot the second part of Season one with Ricardo Sorzano, another up and coming creative, with plenty of ambition and drive. You certainly see the contrast of the photography with both shoots. Firstly in Mainz the weather was a major improvement and of course a different set of models too, so other than visiting a new country, and exploring new land, we managed to create a variety shots altogether to contrast the environments to show where the Blaque Falcon Clothing Season One clothing line can be utilised in.

    This was what I initially envisioned for the first season of clothing: keep it simple, but sweet. Show the audience that the origins of the brand started from the street, no matter what country you’re in or culture you’ve embraced. You can say that it’s a street brand, and it is precisely that, but you can also tell that there’s also plenty of potential for an aggressive expansion.

     You can find the behind the scenes video footage of both shoots here.

    x