- Sep 14 2023Cultural appropriation is a discussion for experts not lay people. While that might sound snobbish remember it is an academic term used by people with a deep understanding of economics and culture. Today it is tossed around like an old coin and as such has become diluted, mocked, woke and trivialized.
- Dec 26 2022Categories: Ocacia story
10 people dedicated to quality and 1 not. In the mathematics of quality that means 10 -1 =0 . So the tailors are top-notch, the embroidery artist is top-notch, the designers are top-notch, and then it goes to one person trusted to iron a trim a shirt who does not give a hoot and all the work that came before it is ruined. The customer gets a poorly presented product from the most talented people on Earth because of one person that holds to different values. As for the image of Africans matching and beating Europe and Asia? Well, that just went out the window.
- Nov 14 2022Wakanda forever was a deeper more emotive film than the first. It had in way more nuance and better acting than the first. However, we are a clothing company and our primary discussion has to be about costumes— and they were (with a few exceptions of the Queen's attire and the Mesoamericans) horrendous. What they could have done, if they were serious, was get Ocacia, and designers from Ethiopia (like Soultrader) and some of the top Nigerian fashion houses all contribute something to the film. Our boy Tavis clothes from Ghana.To contribute to the clothes of this film. Even if just the extras. But the people who were hired to make this film do not have that mentality! And that is why they got hired by Marvel executives. They are not aware of this kind of thinking. It is ultimately a film about brown people vs black people with small moments where it sends out a strong message. But while France fell under their knife America never has and never will. Because it is an American film, using Africa like Disney has theme parks.
- Oct 02 2022
Malcolm X said, if chickens are raised in an oven they are called chickens, not biscuits. People on the continent of Africa just like people in the Diaspora have been visited by the same level of destruction. In Africa, as in the UK as in America, as in South America as in the Caribbean have devalued our own clothes. We have Nike in Africa as our uniform just like in the UK. A friend of mine from Tanzania at uni told me we in the Diaspora have no culture. I forgave him because he had never been to the Diaspora and Africans globally have a terribly poor education which goes both ways. It is shamefully poor. And it was made that way by the forces which enslaved us. The last thing they want us to do is to unite via our common identity. But the Diaspora, just like Ethiopia is Ethiopia and Benin is part of the African world. It is just that we are in the West now. In Africa, just as much as in the Diaspora, we do not wear our cultural clothes preferring to add value to Nike and Puma. In Africa,
- Sep 08 2022Bourdieu (French sociologist) believed that cultural capital played an important, and subtle role. For both Marx and Bourdieu the more capital, you have the more powerful you are. Bourdieu defined cultural capital as ‘familiarity with the legitimate culture within a society; what we might call ‘high culture’. He saw families passing on cultural capital to their children by introducing them to dance and music, taking them to theatres, galleries and historic sites, and by talking about literature and art over the dinner table. He goes on to state that ALL attitudes to art are informed by levels of education. And that every cultural artifact has a message, and knowing the value of saying Picasso or Chopin has a value in Western society. Naturally, this translates into an economic value that is agreed upon globally due to European
- Aug 30 2022
The vulgarly contradictory nature of South Africa where their public speak of Pan-Africanism and rainbows does not match their internal policies and attitudes stymies their development. No postal system, xenophobic anti-African immigration, poor human resource management, and poor education halt any hopes of true development. Development is just political rhetoric for token gestures as a patina on failure.
- Jul 20 2022Categories: Dress PoliticsWhat happens with all of this special knowledge that Ocacia has accumulated in our short journey. Yesterday, we found this new cool way to cut that increase speed by 10%, it may not sound like a lot but if you keep doing this over the years all of these little innovations add up. We have so many ways to make clothes, so many ways to develop websites, make big production videos on a budget, color correct photos, and so many cool workflows, and work ethics stored up here. What happens to all of that when we are no more? It dies here! Common African story.But in Europe and Asia, it does not die with one personality or one company. It lives on and is passed down in documents and institutionalized ways of doing things. Companies are inherited and grow. Generally speaking in Africa
- Sep 01 2021
Every company writes a beautiful write-up on how they are dedicated to customer care. But we are judged only by our actions, not our pretty words. How strong is a bridge? You only know when you try to cross it. And this is what customer service really means. How does a company perform when you need their service?
- Aug 26 2021
Do you have to be "pretty" to be a model? Well, that is only one consideration. These days they putting anyone on the cover of Vogue. Because what places like Vogue like to do is SHOCK YAH! So skinny, asexual, dehydrated, and anemic might be the new look for them. Vogue etc is not into diversity, they are into shock.