Leather satchels and literacy

From fashion to literacy, local fashion design studio Black Coffee are exploring ways to promote literacy through fashion.

South African fashion designers Black Coffee, represented by Jacques van der Watt and Danica Lepen, presents BLKbox. BLKbox is a collaborative project that explores innovative ways of taking fashion’s reach beyond the catwalk and using it to promote the cause of literacy. BLKbox also wants to encourage more active participation by the public in their collections.

The project consists of themed installations that will travel to three locations in three months. The first installation, BLKbook, is a new range that looks to fashion as a means to expand visual, literal and emotional literacy. The range explores the book as a medium and a metaphor, inspired by the beauty and uniqueness of a printed page.

A keepsake publication has been created that will travel with the installation. This gorgeous book will further explain the concepts and inspiration driving the BLKbook installation.

BLKbook includes a new menswear range, laser-cut satchels and quirky accessories. The public launch of the exhibition is at Arts on Main in Joburg on 5 June 2010 and travels to Cape Town in July. Check out www.blkbox.co.za for more details.