Anyone who’s had any experience in the Fashion game, whether it’s in retail, designing, blogging, or even simply modelling (for the record I’ve done all four) know that September - particularly in the U.K is a busy period. September means that we’re at the end of summer, which equals the sun rising a little later and sets earlier, and if that doesn’t tell you that winters coming, the unexpected gale force winds will. The seasons here tend to quickly come and go rather quickly but most importantly its Fashion season, which gives every would-be fashion blogger and Instagram model a chance to show off how important they are to their virtual followers – real or fake.
It’s a different story for us here at Blaque Falcon. While we like to embrace new designs, ideas and innovations, we also like to ask the question of why things are - for if everyone was to try to be the ‘next big thing’, then the creativity would easily be boxed - thus leaving our customers with a whole load of garments that don’t work.
This is precisely why we deliberately keep everything simple, but effective. Take our Falcon Embroidered T-Shirts for example. While this may not make waves or turn heads at next year’s Mens Fashion Week, it serves its purpose with a simple, but quality design of embroidery to ensure that you truly are wielding the regal and royal animal of The Falcon.
Therefore, we were incredibly humbled to take part of a few smaller and independent-run fashion events for September. Firstly, we were involved with the Aeren Waters brand for their first ever Fashion Pop-Up event in Hoxton. This was headed by the incredibly brave, but ambitious Nerea Gibson. My initial contact with her was via Cherisea Giddings owner of C Model Management, who put us forward. Nerea understood and appreciated the simplistic of our garments and even purchased a few too!
Another event that we were involved in was the E4 Fashion Show hosted by the London Borough of Waltham Forest. This was of course monumental for us as a brand, as this was our first ever fashion show and it was another fantastic opportunity to embrace the local community and push our brand forward directly to our customers. On the day it appeared that the weather did everything it could to make sure the event didn’t happen, but the gazebos did its job and the models from Waltham Forest College still ripped the runway with Blaque Falcon gear as well as others.
As always, we’ll keep striving to push our brand forward by continuing to develop relationships with other independent brands and organisations – fashion shows and events alike. Through this we can keep the lights on in the creativity field and continue to make ourselves hungry through the process.
2017 was the year that pretty much set the pace and tone for Blaque Falcon Clothing and Publishing. The very idea of kicking off a clothing line came to fruition following multiple brainstorms, questions, set-backs and a whole barrage of emails sent to different suppliers and merchandisers. The result was our first collection of clothing and the brand’s publication of its debut novel, Drax. The experience itself was somewhat of an education for myself. To test the market’s waters, last summer I decided to rent my own pop-up shop, and pursue a very short career as a market trader. I traded in Chingford, Brick Lane, Battersea, Tottenham, Enfield and Battersea. I took every opportunity available to receive direct feedback and involvement in getting the brand off the ground.
With the first-hand experience and lessons learned during this in 2017, I knew that the intention for Season Two was going to be somewhat of a transitional one. I very much wanted to keep the brand’s ethos of regal sovereignty yet take the brand to a period of ascension; and to achieve this was to take Blaque Falcon to a new direction.
Usually when companies, brands, people of influence etc. announce that they wish to take themselves in a new direction, this usually results in the audience giving a somewhat nervous sense of anticipation of what’s to come next. I’d like to think the host of YouTube videos and other exclusive behind the scenes content on social media have dispelled any sense of doubt of what’s to come for Season Two.
Season One was, to say the least a warm-up to what we have in store for Season Two. I wanted to kick-start the brand by starting modestly – providing a simplistic, yet a quality controllable collection for both men and women. This involved a minimal line of T-Shirts, long-sleeve t-shirts, jogging bottoms and hoodies for both genders, as well as a unisex Sweatshirt. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with the majority of customers and supporters complimenting on the softness and comfort of the products – not to mention the positive reader reviews of my novel Drax. While this was all very humbling and of course exciting, this gave me a detailed enough baseline on where to take Season Two, namely keep doing what you’re doing but better.
The Season One photoshoots all provided a very urban theme to jump-start, which clearly worked, but to introduce a fresh new outlook, I wanted to bring in a more preppy-summertime theme in. We have a collection of Unisex Casual shirts, and knitted sweatshirts, a range of Mens Chino Trousers and Shorts, Polo -shirts for both men and women as well as some crop-top shirts for women - not to mention a range of unisex Bomber Jackets.
I have truly been blessed to work with several talented individuals to make Season Two come to fruition. It’s collaborations like these that personally confirmed to me that my entrepreneurial endeavour was very much the correct path to take. As mentioned on previous posts, the Falcon symbolises the visionary power necessary to achieve one’s goal, thus achieving spiritual sovereignty. We as Falconites and Falconettes elevate ourselves to see beyond the horizon, and when necessary, we swoop in for our prey with no permission while also eliminating all distractions en route.
Falconites and Falconettes, what a year 2017 has been introducing Blaque Falcon to the world! Those of you that have been with us from the beginning understand that the brand’s original and current conception was based on the premise of questioning the apparent reality around us and introducing a new form of thinking. As some of you know, there is a new paradigm shift that is very much on its way to the most efficient method and for us to get through this, is to continue the process of questioning the apparent. This would of course require a sense of boldness and audacity, but that is what makes you part of the family – hence the inception of the hashtags #NewRules and #JoinTheFamily.
When we begin to deconstruct the apparent and reconstruct our own realities, we can then apply our own rules to the internal kingdom that we maintain. So when you purchase a T-Shirt, Hoodie, Sweatshirt or Jogging Bottom or even buy and read a copy of DRAX from Blaque Falcon, you have just initiated yourself to Falcon-ite/ette status. This means that you have completed forgotten about the self-limiting fabric that’s holding you back and confirmed to yourself that you’re ready for a whole new adventure. This takes us to our slogan, #BlaqueistheNewBlack.
When we start expanding our vocabulary in our journeys we are now free to start re-wording some of the words that were taught to us at a young age. The term ‘Blaque’ for example, doesn’t necessarily mean the colour black, it was re-spelt as a method to force the seeker to immediately think in an alternative fashion – and the best part about it is, this is where it gets fun, for anyone can partake in reworking our descriptions of our present reality!
2017 was a successful but educational year. While our first year in business was a profitable one, plenty of lessons were learnt too, who knows what awaits us for 2018…
During the middle of October 2017, Blaque Falcon held its very first Pop-Up store in Walthamstow, East London. The shop itself had many guests, (check out the YouTube video here) but not many more established than the lovely Bryanda Notes.
The relationship began from some simple social media networking. When she expressed the idea of having shots done of her visit in the city of London for her Bryanda Notes platform, I knew just the photographer who would be available to get the job done.
Iyanka Cooray (Framed Fantasies) immediately came to mind due to my previous experience with him on previous shoots. We both had worked together while I was working on my Luciano’s World blog, a few years back and I thought he captured the London surroundings around me rather elegantly. I believed this would be perfect for a new guest to the city, so I made the initial contact with him to get this done.
Bryanda flew in from her hometown of Virginia, U.S.A to give us Londoners a visit to meet with myself and the Blaque Falcon brand first-hand, but primarily to provide project support for the Dr. Boyce Watkins Economic Empowerment event that took place in North London. The event itself was an extreme success for Blaque Falcon, as this was an ample opportunity to market and also network with those in the conscious ‘Blaque’ community. An occasion that was well worth the time and effort!
To add to this, the shoot itself was an enormous success, with Bryanda certainly flaunting her stuff and looked effortlessly comfortable (all pink) infront of Iyanka’s camera. This all followed by a trip to the Blaque Falcon Pop-Up store, in which Bryanda gave an interview to myself regarding Blaque Falcon’s Season One Clothing Line and my debut Novel DRAX.
We are all very grateful for Bryanda and her team’s effort in coming down to the U.K. and we certainly look forward to seeing them all in the very near future!
You can find more on Bryanda and her platform here
You can also find more on Iyanka Cooray’s photography here