First Thursday Artist Series 03 with Karabo Poppy

‘Moriri Waka’ is SeSotho for “my hair”.  Growing up, hair was an extremely important part in my family.  Whether for special occasions or even everyday going to school - your hair was your crown.  My regular trips to the hair salon exposed me to a creative aesthetic I still reference to this day and this is the traditional barbershop hand painted signage with the quirky use of colour, bold typography and and iconic side profile images of people and with the hair styles you can get in the salon.  This was my earliest memory of art, the signage and the hair styles created.  Moriri Waka is a concept that celebrates the beauty and ingenuity of hair in Africa and pays homage to all that influence my illustration style today” - Karabo Poppy


On Thursday, 6th June, the LAB launched our collaborative collection with award winning illustrator Karabo Poppy. As part of the LAB’s Artist Series we hosted a pop-up in our Braam Flagship Store, celebrating the Moriri Waka capsule. Consisting of limited edition custom kits illustrated by Karabo herself as well as a range of Tees and Hoodies, we hosted a barber set-up by Jason Versfeld, the Faded Mason, who was on standby to give guests fresh cuts all weekend.


Friends of the LAB, Illuminated Greens AKA Khanya Hadeba and DJ duo ‘Oh Those Guys’ brought the fire with some smooth sounds to take us late into the night.


If you missed out on the launch, we linked-up with street artist, illustrator and designer, Karabo Poppy to get the insiders guide to her inspiration for the collab:


The Moriri Waka collection is available now in limited numbers, so head to our online store or browse the look book.
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