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Four Standout Makers at 2014 AfroPunk Festival

From fragrant body oils to punk twists on traditional attire, highlights from this year's market

by CH Contributor in Culture on 26 August 2014

AfroPunk, Brooklyn, Design, Festivals, Music Festivals, New York, Perfumes, Apparel

by Laura Feinstein

Since its humble beginnings in 2004 as a small, free concert at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAMcafé in Fort Greene, Brooklyn the AfroPunk Festival has blossomed into a full, two-day cultural juggernaut with thousands of attendees. Held at Commodore Barry Park, this year’s festivities included performances by Bad Brains, D'Angelo, Shabbazz Palaces, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Princess Nokia and many others. Enhancing this eclectic line-up was the AfroPunk Spin Thrift Market, a fully stocked outdoor bazaar featuring everything from handmade head-wraps to Ghanaian textiles to rare records and Misfits T-shirts. Below are four makers from the market that were standouts—and worth keeping an eye on.

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AMYANG Fashun

Run by the SABA Collective, a group of young creative designers who fuse modern urban fashion with African crafts, and spearheaded by the Kanu Sisters of West Africa, AMYANG Fashun (am-i-young) derives inspiration from incorporating traditional elements into everyday attire. Offering everything from custom clothing to reconstructed vintage, AMYANG offers a unique take on tradition—with nods to punk fashion tastefully integrated.

Fancy Muffin

Run (and modeled here) by brother-and-sister duo Fei and Edward, Fancy Muffin creates the kind of loud, colorful DIY streetwear that New York in the early '90s was once famous for. Though they sell a range of threads—from vintage treasures to their own tie-dyed and screen-printed goods—some of the most popular and eye-catching pieces are the re-purposed, studded and patched jean shorts.

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I Am That I Am

Designer, musician, aerobics instructor and self-proclaimed goddess, BAJANALLA is a woman of prodigious talent. Also a musician, she was selling her range of bold and colorful hand-dyed tops, dresses, sarongs and body-wraps at Afropunk this year—many of which can be worn more than one way and are perfect for embracing one's inner-deity.

Emily Jayne

Named for her Jamaican grandmother, Joan Morgan’s organic line of perfumes and products are meant to conjure the sense memories of youth and adventure. For Jamaica-born, New York City-raised Morgan, scents have always been significant—reminding her of trips home, "Lemongrass teas, Westmoreland’s mountains post-rainfall, a piece of driftwood at dusk and the sweetness of the Caribbean Sea are some of the many inspirations," she says. And, during a jam-packed weekend filled with loud music, the Emily Jayne booth—filled with delectably fragrant body butters, styling cremes and body oils—was like a little breezy island vacation.

While the market was certainly a highlight, there's no denying that Afropunk attendees are worth watching themselves. Check out the slideshow for photos of some of the most striking looks we came across this year.

Images by Jodi Sussman

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Adidas Consortium FW '14 Primeknit Pure BOOST

Two limited edition colorways combine all of the German brand's top running tech

by Graham Hiemstra in Style on 26 August 2014

Adidas, Design, Knit, Limited Edition, Shoe Design, Shoe Innovation, Shoes

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Adidas' Primeknit technology continues to impress, slowly picking away at the knit market almost entirely dominated by Nike—and the latest release for FW 2014 from their limited edition Consortium line is sure to help in the endeavor. Two new colorways of the Primeknit Pure BOOST shoes make use of nearly all of the brand's most buzz-worthy technologies, including a fully knit upper, BOOST foam cushioning sole and external heel cage for added support and stability. As a nod to the style-conscience target audience, the soon-to-drop offering comes in both an all-black upper with white tooling and speckled laces, as well as a grey, white and red version inspired by the ZX 500—one of the brand's most celebrated running shoe designs.

The FW '14 Consortium Primeknit Pure BOOST is set to be released worldwide in limited numbers exclusively through Consortium stores (including No 74 Berlin and No 42 Paris) next week, 6 September 2014. Keep an eye on Adidas for more info in the meantime.

Image courtesy of Adidas

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Pipcorn's The Chili Lab Popcorn

A spicy, zesty take on the hulless snack favorite

by David Graver in Food + Drink on 26 August 2014

Chili Peppers, Made in NYC, Pipcorn, Popcorn, Small Batch, Snacks

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For over two years, Pipsnacks' Pipcorn has won over everyone from attendees of Williamsburg's Smorgasburg to even Oprah—and for just cause. The tiny, hulless popcorn kernels are really tasty, non-GMO, and can be quite inventive, as the brand continues exploring new flavors. Made in small batches by a brother-and-sister duo in Brooklyn, Pipcorn offers a range of subtle flavors that, while zesty don't become overwhelming. While their Kettle flavor might be the most popular, Sea Salt, Rosemary and the decadent White Truffle are all edgier options. But with The Chili Lab, Pipsnack's has made its fullest flavor yet, balancing an addictive spiciness with light citrus notes. It's billed as a medium spice, but definitely ignites some mouth tingles. As a testimonial, the bag hardly survived five minutes during the CH taste test.

While a bag of The Chili Lab Pipcorn is on the more expensive side, this is quickly forgotten considering all their goods are hand-popped and the flavor really is something special, making these delectable treats beyond what you'll get at the movie theater. Purchase Pipcorn's base range from Pipsnacks online for $18 each, and find additional offerings at select retailers.

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