AuthorJack lemkus online admin
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There is an emotional and spiritual depth when we welcomed Daremposh to the 2nd Floor - the sense that Yaeesh’s artistic intentions are taking the format of streetwear, and injecting it with the honour and respect from his own environment in an act of celebration. You see, it’s one thing to make clothing - it’s a whole different level when your clothing is ascribed alongside your perspective, your values and particularly the preservation of your traditions. Daremposh exemplifies these pillars of intentional art & design; Yaeesh is not out here responding to trends or hype, instead the vision of Daremposh is about reflecting the tapestry of Cape Malay tailoring that runs through the city's heart; Yaeesh is bringing his elders into the conversation with photo albums of his stylistic heroes such as his grandparents and mother, and this is all done through his lens as a 22 year old in the 21st century as seen in the clean fits of his garments, or the embroidery on Daremposh fitted jackets.
I trust that the stories I need to tell about my community and my heritage are meant to be experienced.” Yaeesh says in our conversation. This kind of commitment to story-telling, and using art to preserve culture, is meant to flow through generations. When we hear someone in their early twenties speak with such wisdom - then we know the flow is running its course, even amidst the chaos and uncertainty of a society that seems in disarray.
and it was a revelation. It was the first sign I had that this is bigger than me, and not just for me or my own success necessarily.” With Yaeesh’s ode to his background, we are reminded of Corner Store circa 2014. If you know, you know. It was when Young & Lazy, Sol-Sol and Twobop created a homebase for local streetwear ideation. In asking Yaeesh - who was a bit young to attend any events - he says “I had my eyes on those guys. That was so crazy to me, it’s like the blueprint. Apparently there was a whole studio where guys could just pop in and learn how to sew or about design. I think what those designers and brands did was show a lot of us that it’s possible to be totally ourselves. I hope Daremposh is a continuation of that spirit.”
In hindsight, those days have led up to now - and with lockdowns, disconnection and digitization of communities - the call to create places for like-minded people to be together is critical. With homies like Yaeesh, and those before him, we are really excited to see what happens next.