The Jamaican menswear store Base Kingston has been outfitting the most sartorially inclined Jamaican men with threads from Original Penguin, Converse, Rocksmith and co-owner Jason Panton's I & I Clothing Co. label since it opened earlier this year. Last weekend the store threw a party for the newest component to its ensemble, a specialized ladies section called Belle, curated by Jamaican songstress Tami Chynn and designer/friend Lubica. The collection includes a variety of causal designs from overseas and local labels, supplying a diverse range for choosy Kingstonian women who've grown tired of having to hunt for decent day-to-day wear. Chynn and Lubica's personalized tee shirt designs headlined the addition. They use the iconic profiles of strong-willed characters such as Coco Chanel, Sophia Loren, Frida Khalo and Billy Holiday to give a clean and simple look. It seems the Base Kingston lady patrons took that sartorially inclined gesture seriously, as people were hungrily snatching up the pieces over cocktails and cupcakes.
November 15, 2010