Kingsley Gbadegesin is unveiling a brand new, expanded Okay.ingsley ready-to-wear assortment as we speak, whereas additionally debuting the label’s first equipment. Since launching solely 9 months in the past, the Brooklyn-based LGBTQ designer has gained momentum rapidly because of his signature, attractive gender non-conforming tank tops and model’s total mission to teach, have a good time, uplift and advance liberation for the Black and trans communities.
“At the very beginning of launching the brand, people just kept asking for more. It was very humbling. Everybody wanted full looks, but I didn’t have proper infrastructure or knowledge,” Gbadegesin defined over Zoom. Fast ahead to now, the designer is able to unveil an expanded, elevated rtw assortment and the primary equipment assortment (jewellery and footwear, each of that are produced in Italy).
Within “Collection 1, Act 1,” a message of duality (two identities, transformational qualities from day to nighttime) imbues the New York-made rtw, from tailor-made trousers with dual-pocket and cuff particulars or intriguingly tailor-made shirting. The spirit of Okay.ingsley’s signature tank developed into these crisp, cool shirts (with panel particulars or uncovered backs), in addition to new tank interpretations and lengthy sleeve, welted tops. Newness additionally got here within the type of luxe, cozy knits (a cardigan and recycled wool crewneck jumper).
The look is total traditional, however with a brilliant recent, trendy elan, priced accessibly between $180 to $790. Brass-dipped enamel jewellery, $290 to $890, delightfully accompanies the appears to be like whereas Gbadegesin’s debut footwear type — a calf leather-based boot — grounds them. A singular look — a white cropped trouser and sleeveless shirt — is on the market as we speak for preorder on the model’s e-commerce, with the remainder of the gathering slated to launch in September.
“I really trying to make sure my community can see itself in this space, along with the likes of [luxury designers]. These brands, they’re a big purchase and aspiring. I want to create this space that, ‘you are deserving, you are worthy, to be and to take up space, in this space.’ And at the end of the day, to give well-made clothes that’s not out of reach.”