In the world of fashion, where lines and labels often divide, Alpha is stitching together a new narrative. With the launch of ‘Diverse Threads,’ their genderless fashion line, they’re weaving a tapestry of style that knows no boundaries. In our interview, we dive into Alpha’s creative process, inspirations, and the transformative power of clothing that defies conventions. Get ready to embrace fashion that celebrates every thread of diversity.
M: What is the collection inspired by? What was the creative process behind it?
Alpha: ‘Diverse Threads’ is inspired by a love for unique gender-neutral designs. It involved using recycled denim jeans from Gikomba and sourcing African designs locally to create a collection that celebrates diversity and individuality. The collection was motivated by the limitations and challenges I faced in finding suitable clothing options that align with my gender identity in Kenya. My goal is to promote inclusivity, diversity, and self-expression within the local fashion industry. By offering gender-neutral designs, I aim to provide a space where people of all gender identities can feel comfortable and confident, breaking away from traditional norms and fostering a more accepting society in Kenya.
M: Is Diverse Threads your first clothing line? Where can one buy them from?
Alpha: ‘Diverse Threads’ is not the first collection, but it’s a significant milestone created with love and support from my people. You can purchase pieces from this collection at our hustle app shop or drop us a DM at the shop belowcloud97.
M: What is your proudest moment of the process?
Alpha: The proudest moment of the process was when the models embraced the last-minute design changes and complimented the outfits. Their willingness to volunteer and showcase the brand was a heartwarming highlight.
M: Beautiful! What should we look out for in the future?
Alpha: In the future, you can look forward to more neutral collections coming from this space. The next collection may be launched around the same date next year, as creating a collection requires time and financial investment. Stay tuned for more unique and gender-neutral designs.
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