Carhartt WIP's Latest Capsule Draws Inspiration From Fela Kuti

 - Mar 19, 2019
References: carhartt-wip & hypebeast
Carhartt WIP introduces a new collection for the warmer seasons this year -- this time, the label draws inspiration from the iconic African musician Fela Kuti. The apparel designs are highlighted by the color palette, intricate details, and patterning accents sourced from Kuti's background. The brand also re-launched a limited edition vinyl of the 'Live in Detroit 1986' EP.

Through the 58 years of Kuti's career, he pioneered the afrobeat music genre by blending West African influences with American funk and jazz, cementing high-energy sounds. The collection features a selection of tops and accessories that are designed to encompass Kuti's vibrant career and Nigerian culture. Some details include bright yellow palettes, all-over prints, and graphics that read "FELA." A notable piece is the white long sleeve shirt that reads "DRUGS ARE NOW ALLOWED IN THE SHRINE" -- this refers to the phrase adorning the entrance of the 'New Afrika Shrine.'