Designer Emeka Alams, of Gold Coast Trading Co., has been on the radar of fashion followers for a few seasons now unleashing his take on merging African and western styles. So many have used this concept as inspiration in the fashion world, and undoubtedly, many will again. Almost to the point that it could fall in the category of “done and redone.” The colors and spirit of African garb are by nature and design something that would attract a designer of any background. But what makes Alams’ work at Gold Coast so special is his profound connection to his home continent. His life has taken him back and forth between the Ivory Coast to various cities in Western Europe and America. He has lived through the social and political unrest that plagues the whole continent firsthand. Alams’ pride of his heritage translates to a brand that is a unique, non-literal interpretation of an idea that is personal for him.
South Wales-based Richard Davies is a graphic designer and digital artist freelancing under the name of Turksworks. Inspired by pop culture, with a background in traditional art, his brilliantly executed work has seen the insides of publications like Rolling Stone over the past couple years. Davies’ innovative nature and adaptable style and skills give him reason to be optimistic about the future of digital art in an ever-changing design industry.
Painter Darryl “13” Bennett of TokyoThirteen Arts was born on Friday the 13th, and sure enough, luck has nothing to do with his success as an artist in his native Washington D.C. Taking the number and its negative connotations, and using it as a symbol for something positive and uplifting is what Bennett is all about. He says he paints from a surreal world he’s created in his mind, where a host of seemingly unrelated influences come together. Much like the city of Tokyo, a place that he connects to on an artistic and personal level. Tokyo is a city where traditional values and progressive ideas merge, and where so many varying subcultures like video gaming and tattooing have found a home. This massive convergence of ideas is the foundation of his brand, which he created in 2007.