Ókun, a Yoruba term for “The Ocean”, is hatched out of an original concept in men’s design swimwear to express a pan-African spirit and personify the journeys made to different destinations and across continents and seas. The premium beachwear illustrates traditional African aesthetics in an innovative and contemporary way.
The debut SS13 collection titled : ” independence” , has ushered in a new era in men’s swimwear through the skillful use of micro-print, botanical hothouse blooms and ethnic motifs. The collection challenges traditional ideologies of masculinity by convincing more men to incorporate print and pattern into their dressing regime. Therefore making it evident that print and pattern is no longer just the preserve of the fairer sex.
“Independence” affords it’s wearers the ease of smart and practical garments that translates smoothly from beach to bar. It’s elegant shorts sport a touch of bold and bright attractiveness that is distinctly African. Created from a specifically engineered quick-dry fabric, these shorts are an exact illustration of class in ethnic cool and luxury.
Founder Bola Marquis has drawn inspiration from the traditional patterns and colors of his Nigerian heritage, this collection credits native Congolese Kuba and Ghanaian Adrinka motifs, infused with a retro 1960s -1970s edge.
The collection is now available online at okunbeachwear.com , but for those who prefer the physical experience of shopping the merchandise is available at Wolf and Badger, Notting Hill; Goods, Copenhagen; Temple Muse, Lagos and the Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Puerto-Rico