‘Amerique-Afrique-Amerique’ is a limited Mami Wata collection of repurposed sweatshirts and hoodies from the Dunusa second-hand clothing market in Johannesburg, South Africa. Working with 3thrifty5, the Johannesburg-based second-hand clothing store, we have curated a collection of blank second-hand sweats and given them new life and meaning with Mami Wata graphics. Having travelled from the West, across Africa and eventually to Johannesburg, these items have now been repurposed/reappropriated and returned! This limited capsule collection is available in our LA store and our website, a full-circle movement of culture and clothing. Each product is a unique one-of-one item that talks to the exciting and important global influence of African creative culture and the Western context it often operates within.
The range encompasses two designs, ‘Arrows’ and ‘Planes’, which contemplate the journey of cultures and their return in a new form. The collection’s name is in French, ‘Amerique-Afrique-Amerique’, which reflects the official language of 21 of Africa’s 54 countries.