Thursday, December 31, 2009

And a Happy New Year!!!




And so 2009 has rolled to an end and we find ourselves in the first double digit year of the 2000s! I'm not sure if that's significant at all but it's still kind of cool.

Update on our preparations for the new collection: There is still so much to do!!! But we are going to go for it. There will be a launch event in early January 2010 after which we will upload a lot of content for your perusal: videos and photos galore and of course the new collection!

The mystery of 3wb will be unveiled at last so stay with us!

We're almost there...

xx

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas 2009!


It's Christmas again and all I can think is "I'm not ready!!!!!!"

Seriously, it feels like Christmas this year came out of nowhere! Trying desperately to keep up! Keep you eyes on this spot clubbers to know when the new loot is finally ready!

Have the merriest Christmas possible!

xx

Monday, December 14, 2009

Photoshoot!!!



God we love an imekura photoshoot!

Since that first one in Miami where we just ripped open the box of shirts as soon as it came in from our Printers and rushed outside with Cee's digital camera each one has been more and more out there and this one was definitely in keeping with this tradition!!!

We had a great time! There was wine and really amazing sandwiches and music and friends and pizza...fun. I really hope that feeling comes out in the final images.

I just want to thank our models, Tola, Ere and Ayo who were actually just amazing! So cute and so patient and so just exactly what this collection needed! We felt very blessed to do this with you guys and we really hope you like the end result.

We'd also like to thank our friend Chooms who graciously lent us his apartment and some very precious instruments. We love you Chooms and that's a fact.

K, enough with the love-dovey. I have several sleepless nights ahead of me so adios for now my sparkling clubbers!

xx

Monday, December 07, 2009

Of Cobwebs and Websites




Wow.


Just looked out our website again (now that I'm back on the interwebs! 0(><)0) and I think its time for a change! I mean, I love our stuff and our style, but we're going to have a lot of new stock soon so its time to blow out some of those cobwebs.

Truth is we have a whole new mind working on it already (our darling coz from TX). We really want an interface for our international clubbers that is eezy peezy and intuitive but we also want to stay true to our spirit which is playful and free.


Please let us know any cool suggestions you might have!


Ahhhhh! Really excited about all this new stuff! Change is ah-coming, folks and we can hardly wait!

xx

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Girls @ Work




So, we're in the last lap towards this long in coming collection and that means a lot of work!!!


The good news is we are closer to the end than ever. The bad news is there might be postponements. We will try and make them short ones though. Sorry for being so obscure, but it's still necessary right now!


Can't wait to share what's been in our minds all this time! Really hope you like it when you see it!


xx

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Aaaaaaaaaaaaa -



-aaaaaaand I'm back....


After almost 6 months internet free, I can't tell you how sweet it is to be back online!


I missed you all and I'm so backed up on stuff to tell you that I don't know where to start.


I will therefore leave you at this point with a mysterious acronym to clutch to your hearts. It will all become clear by and by. Don't forget it now:


3wb


xx

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Jupiter One has a new album!


So just found out today that Jupiter One has dropped a new album 'Sunshower'. We are ecstatic because we are one of their biggest fans. Loving the song 'Unglued' right now, it's actually been out for a while now as a single so it's good to finally see how it fits into the whole album. Good album, great band!

Friday, October 09, 2009

Nneka on the Green!


Last night was Nneka's live gig at Ember Creek, it ended up being a big affair, there was a huge turn out (free admission will do that, heeeey!) and she was ready to amaze with her very sincere lyrics. We got to hear our favorite song 'Heartbeat,' so was definitely a night to be remembered. Listening to her live is special 'cause you never know what she's going to do with the music, so you end up hearing a bunch of remixes that aren't on the album! 

Congrats on your win at the MOBO's and we hope you keep giving us great songs! 


Friday, July 24, 2009

The Boss


























So I had to share what I discovered while leafing through the pages of the most recent Clam magazine, Bibi (one of our team members) had a whole page dedicated to her titled 'The Boss', we are overflowing with pride. We are also very happy she managed to plug in some IMEKURA tee's. As our good friend Nnenna said when I showed her the article 'Yay Bibi'...

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

:-(



Sayonara, King of Pop.
You will be missed.

xx

Monday, May 25, 2009

The Teaser is Here!




Relentless is still due out at the end of the year but they managed to bang out a Teaser on time for Cannes!

Rumour has it that it has gotten a lot of positive response and is even generating some excitement! It will definitely be doing the festival rounds when it is done.


If I am able to upload this it will be a miracle but I must try cos I'm so excited about it. I think it is a sign of the coming of the aesthetic that will come from our side of the world and our side of the mind (the so called third world).

Check out Gideon Okeke, Nneka (the chanteuse), Jimmy Jean Louis (The Haitian), some faces you know and some intriguing new comers.


And check out our shirts which show up in it! Hehe!


video


loves ya!
xx

Friday, May 22, 2009

Sharing is caring






















When searching for inspiration you come across sometimes the weirdest things or the most amazing finds. In this case we drooled when we found the Noisettes, their music is definitely on our playlist('scratch your name') as we design our new line. Shingai Shoniwa (who is half Zimbabwean btw) is our new heroine and we see her rocking the new IMEKURA! enjoy!!!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Made in Africa














































































We were very impressed when we came across Yodit Euckland. She studied environmental economics at the University of California, Berkley, she's multicultural(Ethiopian, French, American & Sweedish), but most importantly she is earnestly supporting Africa's economy. 

Yodit and her brother Yohannes started Bantu, an exclusive African surf brand, churning out swimmwear, surf gear, decals and the works with an African twist. They designed the swim wear in Ivory Coast, using the vibrant West African print (Ankara) while promoting Africa's textile industry and then all the cutting and sewing was done in Ethiopia (watch out China!), this makes Bantu a truly African brand. So major cool points go to the duo that bring us Bantu.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

I spy....

If only we were invited to the wedding that these were dished out... Definitely on our wave length!!!

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Whoo Wee!


Whoo!

That was a longer pause than I expected!
I apologize, everyone but I plead the following: Nepa, busted computer and no internet. Three fatal enemies to effective blogging.

But yay!!!! We're so back and it feels Ay-mayzin to be here again!
Hope you have a minute because I've got some information backed up that I have to share so first off:

1. Sally Races Up the Place!

A long overdue congrats for Imekura team member, Sally Hermanto for successfully participating in the fund raising run, Race Up the Place! She ran up 30 flights of stairs to help the American Lung Association and lived to tell about it! So, as we say in Nigeria, several Gbosas for her!

Sally sent us this message about her experience which is just too sweet not to be quoted:


Hi!
> > I just wanted to give you a big THANK YOU for the generous
> contribution you made in support of my recent fundraising
> run, Race Up the Place. Together you helped me raise $447

> that all went directly to the American Lung Association!!!

> > The winner finished with a time of 3:37. Yours truly got to
> the top in a little over 9 min. In the words of a fellow
> runner, "I may be able to run a whole marathon, but

> running up 30 flights of stairs might just kill me."
> Luckily, everyone survived including the fleet of

> participating firemen who ran up with 60lbs of gear each.
> Truly a humbling experience.
>
> Attached is a photo. Sorry there aren't more action
> shots. I wasn't looking so hot toward the end so I

> figured, I'll just include a photo of the firemen. They

> always look hot.

>
> Thanks again! I couldn't have done it without you.
> > Sally

And the accompanying image:


Lolz. Yay!!!!!! Good one Sal!


2. BIG news about the Tees.

Our release date which had originally been scheduled for early this year (I believe March-ish? :-)) has been shifted to way later this year in december. Sorry everyone for the delay! We promise that we are not succumbing to the economic crisis or the even more insidious swine flu!

We just found that this timing was more in keeping with our options as far as getting shirts between Nigeria and the States.
We're still very excited about what we're working on and we know that those who have always been on the same page as us will feel it was worth the wait! So please continue being the darling understanding image clubbers you've always been to us!


3. Being in a Movie



As most of you know from earlier posts, one of the things that has kept me singularly busy over the past few months was working on the set of the movie Relentless. I will have to dedicate a special post to describing what a life altering experience that was but for now I will just say that the movie wrapped successfully in March and is in post production in Barcelona till its release date in September.


Meanwhile, a teaser of the film is to be unveiled in Cannes either this month or next. I hope to be able to unveil it here too at an appropriate time!


Relentless is a beautiful art film shot all over Lagos about a man who just can't seem to escape his past. It stars rising star and golden boy Gideon Okeke as well as critically acclaimed chanteuse Nneka Egbuna and Jimmy Jean Louis, more popularly known to 'Heroes' fans as 'The Haitian.

Its a must see for Imekura fans because our tees are featured in it!!!!!!!!!!!


Pretty happy about that!


4. Conclusion.
This post is turning into a thesis so I'll wrap it up for now! More to come later! Sorry for leaving for so long!

All our love,
xx

Friday, February 27, 2009

Still Here!



E don tey!
I know. I'm sorry and I promise gist.
8 more days to complete shooting on Relentless!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Shooting in Ebutte Metta - ey - ey - ey...



Just to let you know!

It's gonna be pretty quiet on this blog for a while because for the next few weeks I'll be helping full time on the set of Relentless. I won't abandon you completely but posts are gonna be sparse. Most of the locations we go to have no electricity not to mention internet. But they're beautiful just the same (i.e. the above image) and it's gonna be a beautiful film.

Exciting factoid for the future: some of our shirts are gonna be featured in this movie!!!! So make sure you look out for it when it comes out! "Relentless," starring Gideon Okeke and the inimitable chanteuse Nneka, directed by our friend, Andy Amadi Okoroafor.

Have fun spotting the imekura originals! Cee and I plan to make a wine night of it!

xx

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Two Green Girls Plus One



Cee was going through old photos and found this one!

It's the Imekura team circa 2004!


It was July 4th and we were at a rooftop barbecue in Brooklyn.


If I remember, it was a little brisk for July hence the sweaters and windbreaker!

I loved that sweater. I got it at old navy then lost it somewhere the next year.

*sigh.

Anyway, Me, Cee and Sally! Yay!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

On Set with Andy



When we aren't working on our own creative endeavors, we are sometimes on the field, witnessing, supporting and collaborating with others on theirs. This gives us almost as much joy as working on our own projects because it gives us the perspective we need to see the bigger picture which is, of course, our combined contribution to the world and how it affects everything around us.


Recently, I was lucky enough to join Andy Amadi Okoroafor on the pre-poduction set for his debut feature film, "Relentless".

For those of you who haven't heard of this likable, global citizen yet, he is the editor in chief of Clam Magazine, one of the most astonishing, beautiful and eclectic publications to cover fashion, design and creativity. It is the brain child of he and his creative partner, the prolific photographer and director, Andrew Dosunmu.

Clam Magazine's focus is global and with offices in Paris, New York and Japan, and contributors everywhere in between, it really does cover the globe.
You can find issues at Jazz Hole and it's totally worth it so get it!

Andy is not a complete stranger to the film medium having worked as an art director in fashion and music videos for such clients as Jean Paul Gaultier and Les Nubians (Temperature Rising) for Virgin Music.

Andy's movie, "Relentless", from what I could see, is shaping up to be a beautiful, visually driven existential story about angst, isolation and loss set against the crazy, driven city/shantyscape of our dear Lagos metropolis.

From what I could glean it's a film that will share some of the beautiful brutality of movies like City of God and Salaam Bombay as well as the inarticulate melancholy of a Wong Kar Wai feature.

Production is backed by Paris based Charivari Films and Clam Films.

Some pretty famous faces showed up for the first cast reading which is what I attended. I'm not sure I'm allowed to mention all their names so I'll just leave that till another time. What I can say, though, is that there was a good energy in the air. The cast read through the entire script which was easy as the dialogue was very lean. We stopped only for a brekky of large chunks of fruit!

I was really happy because I got to handle a camera and cover the entire event and Andy said he might use it on the DVD. I don't know if he really will (blushes) but that would be soooooooooooooooooooo cool.


Anyway, I plan to stay very close to his set so expect random updates on the making of what I believe will be a remarkable addition to the Nigerian film making archives.


Here is a feature in Variety Magazine that mentions the film.

Viva La Ere!

E and Mee

Our sister and muse just went back to school! 

We had a great time with her. It's always nice when she's around, always talking and buzzing and teasing our Mom. Honestly I don't know anyone that has as much energy or that can talk as fast as Ere!!!

She's contributing a lot to our latest collection in ways that will become very evident soon. In fact, we recently shot something that featured her in it and that's all I can say for now as this is classified stuff.

But here is a sneak peek!


We are seriously aiming to release in March. We just have to get our money right (ahem, ahem to the people involved in this!) and to fix the buying function on the website (ahem, ahem, ahem to the other people involved). Think I need a glass of water.

Anyway, image clubbers, you know our aim this year is to go to the nextest level!!! Here's hoping to see you there!

Loves Ya!
xx

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Moments From the 2009 CountDown Party that Never was...











Models: Imekura model Ere (in Pink), Cee (in Black) and Bee (in Green)
Location: In Chalet and in car outside Thai Restaurant

Thats how we brought in the new year! We didn't realise that this countdown party started after the new year had already come in. Still don't quite get that. But regardless, we welcomed 2009 fabulously from the interior of my car whilst everyone else in the country was apparently in church!

Hopefully, God didn't do roll call.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Moments from the end of '08


Cee working...


Smile for my christmas pres camera, Cee!


Lagos, Winter '08


Mee and Cee, poolside!


Cee, always on the look out for inspiration