Belle adds flair at Base Kingston
Erin Hansen, Gleaner Writer
Men's clothing atelier, Base Kingston, has formed a new partnership at its upper Manor Park Plaza location.
'Belle' from designer Lubica and songstress Tami Chynn have collaborated with Base Kingston owners, Jason Panton and Cezar Cunningham.
Together, the group plans to organise a proper women's collection for the store.
Combining both labels from overseas with local designs, including pieces from Lubica's own self-titled line, the collection intends to satisfy the daywear needs of local fashionistas.
An added component to the collaboration is Chynn and Lubica's partnership on a line of tee shirts called 'Belle'.
The tees use quality cotton fabrics with the classic imagery of iconic profiles such as jazz singer Billy Holiday, designer Coco Chanel, actress Sophia Loren and artist Frida Kahlo.
Packed to the brim, the pocket-sized boutique saw young buyers crowding the store last Saturday, eagerly browsing the shelves for the new threads. Outside on the veranda, cocktails kept onlookers toasty and tunes from DJ Naz maintained the celebratory vibe.
Base Kingston opened last March, catering mostly to Kingston's male demographic with exclusives from Penguin, Rocksmith, Ben Sherman, Civil Society and co-owner Panton's brand, I & I Clothing Co.
With its patronage already including popular deejays like Mavado and Wayne Marshall, the expansion of the store into a new terrain of womenswear is expected to make the store one of Kingston's freshest unisex clothing stores.