Saturday, 28 September 2013

ACF Academy: Pop Up School

Art Comes First Presents ACF Academy
Pop Up School
(For Up and coming creatives who needs that next step)


Or Register at Event:
Str. Crd 2013
Constitution Hill, 
South Africa

12p, - 11pm 
28th September 2013. 

Friday, 27 September 2013

Best of Britannia

Art Comes First will be exhibiting at the forthcoming Best of Britannia show
in London, this exhibition is exclusively aimed at brands who support art and
manufacturing in Britain. There will be a variety of products, art exhibition
and displays from across a wide range of UK brands, artists, and manufacturing          industries on show.

We will be exhibiting in Art Space on the  Third Floor of the Farmiloe Building in Clerkenwell London from Thursday the 3rd to Saturday the 5th of October,  the exhibition opening times are 10:00hrs to 18:30hrs with the last admission at 17:30.

The Farmiloe Building is shown on the map below and is close to Farringdon tube station. Please visit the Best of Britannia website
; for free passes and more info:

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Streetsnaps: Shaka Maidoh

Photo Credit: Paul Tamayo/Hypebeast 

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Monday, 23 September 2013

Harold Luxury For Men Interview

Monday, 16 September 2013

Spotlight | Art Comes First

"If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be." - Maya Angelou 

A while back I discovered the founders of Art Comes First, Shaka Maidoh and Sam Lambert.Their style is impeccable and incredibly unique (a quality that is not easily found these days). Being an individual, one not easily swayed by the pressures of our time period, is difficult, but these guys do a pretty good job of it. I decided to share a few photos along with the a short video interview, too. Have a wonderful Monday you guys! xx

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Show report: New hype at the Blue Zone

Munich Fabric Start 3 – 5 September, M.O.C. Centre, Munich. 

This years edition of the Blue Zone - the denim section of MFS – met with positive reviews for its revamped trend area, new inspiration area; CUBE X, and its new events program (See our preview). Although the show was not crowded the atmosphere was busy and positive. Attendance was in line with previous editions and booths were visited regularly by insiders. In addition to the many German visitors, there has been an increase in insiders from northern and southern Europe, including people from creative teams of brands such as Max Mara Group and Diesel. The yearly Oktoberfest event that traditionally closes the Blue Zone was highly successful with guests celebrating, dancing and having fun all night long. Among trends, the German market continues to focus its attention on stretch fabrics and coloured denims. Contrary to this, the general trend in the denim market sees a slowed down request for coloured denim and a gradual return to vintage, aged and visibly rugged denims. Thanks to these signs the atmosphere of the denim market seems to be generally recovering. This is in part due to an increased interest in vintage denim. The most interesting part of Blue Zone was CUBE X. Devised by Piero Turk, the inspiring area hosted talks by various insiders and specialists from the denim sector (See our pre-reportage).

The conferences were always crowded. Highly inspiring was the design lesson conducted by Liam Maher, design director, Denham the jeanmaker, Amsterdam, entitled The Creativity Process. The expert explained how he proceeds when designing Denham collections, referring to a recent exhibition that he worked on with Sam Lambert & Shaka Maidoh, founders of A.C.F. - Art Comes First (, who debuted at Pitti Uomo in Florence in June 2013, and have shown also in NY, Brighton and Boston. Maher believes that designing menswear has many similarities with the work of a DJ remixing standards from the canon of jazz and pop music. "The work of the menswear designer is to try and harmonize the most potent influences from their vintage research within a single contemporary concept," he commented. So he presented how a single item or outfit can include elements taken from different product segments, countries and decades. "I believe in the importance of worshipping tradition because it teaches us how important quality is, although we don't want to look backwards every day. I believe that is also important to destroy conventions. This is the way to create modern garments with a sense of history."

 Also noteworthy was the selection of garments presented by Blue Jeans, Italian specialist launderers, and by Chuck's Vintage, the Los Angeles based store most appreciated by denim insiders for the vast offer of rare vintage garments and denim pieces that owner Madeline Harmon constantly selects, sells or lends to fashion insiders and music and movie stars. A special innovation was also launched during the show by another insider of the fashion and denim market MIC. The Italian sewing thread manufacturer has just launched MIC Master, a special app for iPad and iPad Mini through which designers can take images of clothing items, see how different threads look on each single garment, order samples of the threads they like and have them delivered to their studios within one or two days.

Maria Cristina Pavarini

Monday, 9 September 2013

Art Comes First | Pitti Uomo 84 | Florence | The DJ Project | Menswear

Art Comes First, a group of creatives who I first saw at Pitti Uomo 83. They impressed me so much that I spent day after day visiting their stand and their stylish chess players who form part of the ACF creatives, then introducing "The Coal Project". At Pitti Uomo 84 the ACF group, composed by founders Sam Lambert and Shakah Maidog with Matteo Gioli from Super Duper Hats iand Liam Maher from Denham, presented "The DJ Project", applying the DJ technique of mixing, vintage pieces, new fabrics, cutting, sewing and remaking all together, once again combing art and fashion, with the tradition of menswear design with processes of the future. Their vision for this project is a hybrid, looking for inspiration from the music vinyl legends of the past with tailoring techniques of today. This time round they had a room, sort of gallery and at the same time an installation with wo

Next up is launching their website, their Spring/Summer collection, globe trotting the world and who knows ... They are creative geniuses at work!