The Curious Boys Club is launching their debut exhibition at a renowned gallery in Warwickshire. The exhibition, celebrating Black History Month; the curious past, the traditions and the confidence that carried our families to new shores.
They faced tough challenges, social, economic and racial struggles like most families that braved the new world they would soon call home. My family was no different. I can only imagine the struggles, the pain and the suffering they went through to help me get to this moment. It was their desire to create, their want for more, the need to carry themselves confidently and proud that says who they are. My granddad arrived from Jamaica, suited and booted presenting the best of himself, prepared to work hard for what he wanted for his family. This is what I took from my family’s history.
The image of the families dressed in all their finery as they step off the boat or plane is what sticks out and what must have shocked so many. Right there the statement of internet was made, that’s what clothes can do. They project your image and your personality whether you like it or not.
Personally I love it!!
As a young black boy in the 80s I was stared at, pointed at for being different. My mum always made sure I was sharp. So now this defiant voice in my head says I will equally give you something to stare at, that’s the extrovert in me. I am also a very quiet person by nature, so again we have this tension, but, it is this unique balance which has shaped my entire life.
We are innovators, storytellers whether that’s visually, verbally or physically. I will always aim to give you more. I am a frustrated perfectionist and that’s my style. I like things a little rough round the edges, but I also like the clean refined sharp elements that comes from styling and dressing - tension and balance. If I am not challenging myself, my style, my inspirations then I am not moving forward. I’m not here for the ride, I’m here to take you on a journey.
My uniform or go to colours are black, navy and grey with white highlights with an added twist. There’s an element of risk involved, sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t, but if you have the confidence, to carry yourself tall and proud then it’s a risk worth taking. I know what my co-founders of the Curious Boys will wear. They will never admit it but I have influenced their style. Maybe it’s natural - the more time you spend with people you adopt a similar aesthetic and mindset outlook. I have even got my wife wearing a Wu-tang hoodie!!! The kids thinks she’s cooler now (my influence is growing).
Because of the nature of the event, I have been planning in my head what my outfit should be all day. I know what I wanted to wear, but I went with what would be best for the image and the Curious brand. This was our exhibition to enhance it, enhance the brand, myself and the boys.
We are always and will forever be Curious Boys and Girls