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The Masks

I was on the fence about trying to design fashion masks, but recently I decided that if we really have to wear these (permanently?) for awhile, they’re a fashion item as well as a ppe.

Camouflage Hearts, $16
Punk Style, $16
Black Hearts, $16
Fiery Tulips, $16

Cloth face masks made from 100% polyester. Each mask includes two woven, elastic loops for a one-size-fits-all fit. All feature my origin artwork printed on them.

IMPORTANT! – This is NOT a surgical grade mask. It is not intended for any medical or commercial uses, whatsoever. It is a simple, cloth mask designed for everyday use to cover your nose and mouth when out in public. The mask should not be used in any medical or surgical setting.

You can order these and other styles from my Aliwazas shop.

Stay safe!

Until next time,

Faith/SEBMarketBK

black fashion designer, Fashion, fashion designer, fashion photo, personal style, recycled fashion, styling, stylist

The Stylist

One thing I miss about my old creative life was discovering new talent to showcase. I’ve been in the house looking through images and thinking about how much I miss working with other creatives on fashion shoots. Building ideas, pulling looks, finding models is all really exciting and fun. Obviously right now is not the time to be doing that? But a funny opportunity came up and…

I had a shoot! Kind of.

I’ve been following this awesome stylist named Chi Ilochi (@igbohippie) because I love the colorful backdrops she poses against wearing outfits that exemplify thrift store chic. I’ve been dying to work with stylists and cos time designers so I took a chance and I asked her if she would be interested in styling with some vintage pieces from my etsy shop. After looking through everything, she settled on a 40s theme representing the more formal way that black women dressed during that era. She chose a pair of vintage 90s silk pants by Valerie Stevens, so of course I sent all of this:

Because I am what’s known as extra. I felt like these pieces together would be a good jumping off point for her idea. The rabbit fur jacket from 90s label Absolue Paris has a real 40s feel, and I think this type of plaid blouse would have been popular then. The blouse and the Anne Klein woven paper bag were pieces that I bought for inventory recently and hadn’t listed yet. I was really curious to see what Chi would do with this box of vintage slayage.

Here’s what happened:

Not bad.

She was also kind enough to answer a few questions about her burgeoning career, how she scouts locations, and ways to stay stylish on those zoom meetings. Get into it!

 I love how you bring the color and flavor of Pittsburgh into your styling. How do you find these amazing backdrops? 

Thank you so very much, that truly means a lot! It’s funny you ask, a lot of my inspiration for backdrops, various locations is inspired by Brooklyn and its murals and black artists. Oftentimes I find backdrops by accident, or I see something bright and bold while out and take a mental note that I’ll shoot there. I can honestly say it’s rarely planned but it’s always destined.

I read in an interview that you felt like an outcast growing up. Now that your fashion career is taking off, do you feel that your individualistic outlook is paying off? 

Absolutely! I’m a firm believer that any and everything we experience in this life is for a reason. And that reason may be to help ourselves as we grow, or help someone else from experience who may have experienced something similar. It’s safe to say that those feelings I felt during adolescence became the core of the inspiration for my style. Of course I didn’t know that at the time, but I see now that it was confirmation and there was a divine plan and purpose set in place for what I felt and experienced. I must say the thought of  “my fashion career taking off” makes me very nervous but I’ll just buckle up for the ride!

Do you feel pressure to sexualize your look or to conform to the current exaggerated body proportions that we’re seeing on social media and entertainment? 

Wow. Great question! Now that I think about it I’ve never felt any pressure to conform to the current exaggerated body proportions that we see today. I never let the pressure of the world take me out of my element. The world wants we black women to do that in literally every single aspect of our lives. I always have to remain true to myself above all else. If I want to serve a sexy, chic, casual, streetwear look I will, it all depends on how I feel and the kind of piece I’m styling. 

Chi Ilochi/Igbo Hippie wears vintage Valerie Stevens silk trousers from SEBMarketBK with her own items.

If I want to serve a sexy, chic, casual, streetwear look I will, it all depends on how I feel and the kind of piece I’m styling. 

Chi Ilochi, Igbo Hippie

You recently won Bombshell of the Week on Fashion Bomb Daily. What led you to compete for that and how is the visibility impacting you right now? 

Thank you! Fashion Bomb Daily nominated me for it after they highlighted me as “Bombshell of the Day”. I wasn’t expecting that at all! To be Bombshell of the Day was an honor considering the fact that it’s been a goal of mine since 2017. I figured why not go for “Bombshell of the Week”! Winning doesn’t take anything away from me or anyone else, and losing doesn’t make me less than. It was truly an honor all around I still can’t believe it!

How do you deal with quarantine stress and do you have any wfh/homeschooling styling tips to help our readers prep for those zoom sessions?

I’ve been handling it well I must say! I believe at some point humans need to be around other humans no matter how strong you are mentally. We thrive off of it. I’ve dealt with my stress and anxiety through prayer, reading, positive affirmations, walks, working out.

I recommend stylists listen to Brittany Diego’s Podcast “The Fashion School Dropout”, it’s AMAZING and very inspirational and informative. I also recommend stylists try virtual styling, virtual styling sessions, consultations, studying their field of styling, creating vision boards of what they want, who they want to work with, and how they envision themselves after this quarantine is over. It’s transformative and it works!

Chi Ilochi has been featured in The Stylette, The Northside Chronicle and Voyage Houston Magazine. Keep up with Chi Liochi’s adventures at @igbohippie.

Until next time!

Faith/SEBMarketBK

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The Hair Clips

It took me a second but I finally got around to noticing the hair clip craze. Well… I saw some things happening but I couldn’t make up my mind if it was a for real moment or just some people being silly. It’s fashion. It could have been anything. If I didn’t start it myself, then I have a to take a long hard look at who did. I’m a horrible person.

Anyway.

Once I noticed some strength in the hair clip movement (for me it’s when you see totally different types of people jumping on the wagon and making it theirs) I decided to curate my own collection of must haves. Let’s get all up in it now.

1.Word clips:

I thought this was going to sink at first, but then I saw more examples and I started liking the free, playful fun of it all. Sparkly rhinestones spelling out…whatever. It’s a mood! In a stick straight chignon or curly, coily afro it’s a MOOD.

2. Stars:

I love stars. Star clips take that beauty from the heavens and has it streaking across your head. This silver cascade is attached to a springy french clip, perfect for half ponytails. The hammered brass and enamel star is a perfect accent piece. Use green eyeshadow, contacts or liner to bring the color of the stars to your eyes.

3. Feathers:

These gently curling, super realistic feather barettes are the minimalist style accent that will have people sneaking glances at you. Brush hair tightly back on one side and clip, leave the rest free. Irresistible in any hair type.

4. Giant barettes:

These are giant, sophisticated and glittery versions of the clips you had as a kid. It brings a 90s trend, barrettes for big girls, into sharp 21st century focus by blowing them up and blinging them out. Don’t stress the placement, just stick a few in your hair before you leave. No stress, big style.

5. Hair chains:

Hair jewelry pops up every so often and everyone acts as if it were new, but chains for hair have been around for a minute or two. In Europe the Renaissance featured romantic ringlets pulled back and adorned with gold and jewels. They also feature in Indian wedding jewelry. With Africans, the chains may be braided into the hair, with jewels dangling down on the forehead. This simple piece takes all of that and rolls it into one modern piece that can be draped over the head with golden beads focused on the front, loops of chain framing the head. True poetry. I got this one at the crazy closing sale of the Topshop in Soho.

6. Flower crowns:

I have no intention of giving up on flower crowns.

What are your favorite accessory trends? Do you feel naked without a little sparkle? what’s your fave hairstyle to add some flair to? Talk amongst yourselves.

See you next time!

Faith/SEBMarketBK

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Rhinestone name clips

Glittery rhinestone hairpins. 2.5 long. Brand new, never worn. Price is for one pin, dm your choice. *US shipping included. Words: Black, Soul, Boss, Bitch, Rude, Boys, Girls, Happy Sexy, Sweet, Kiss

$15.00

Shooting stars barette

Silver metal star barrette. Cascade of different sized stars attached to a sturdy spring clip. Approximately 3 inches long.*US shipping included

$15.00

Hammered brass and enamel star hair clip

Brass and enamel star barrette. Simple bar clip. Sea green enamel star between two cutouts. 2 inches long. *US shipping included.

$15.00

Feather barette

Curving feather barrettes. Spring clasp in back. In gold or rose gold. Price is for one. About 4 inches long. DM or comment the color you prefer. About 4 inches long. *US shipping included.

$15.00

Giant crystal barrette

Black and Sparkles Rhinestone Barrette Hair Accessory. on french clip base. 3 inches long and 1 inch wide.*US shipping included.

$20.00

Giant crystal barrette

Black and Sparkles Rhinestone Barrette Hair Accessory. on french clip base. 3 inches long and 1 inch wide.*US shipping included.

$20.00

Hair chain with beads

Hair chain, features gold bead adornment. Perfect condition, never worn, still attached to the cardboard package with plastic tag. *US shipping is included.

$40.00

Flower crowns

Pretty faux flowers on a braided cloth chain with elastic band. Comfortable, instant pretty. Be extra like that. DM your choice(s): Red/pink: 1, 2, 3 Peach: 1, 2 Blues: 1, 2, 3 *Brand new, never worn. Comes wrapped in reusable gold lamé pouch.*US shipping included

$20.00

BLACK afro photo tshirt, black, S-XL

Black, 100% cotton Guildan tshirt printed with an original image created by SEB Market BK (Faith Bowman) in 2019. Each t-shirt will be numbered and signed in gold. *US shipping included.

$50.00

BLACK afro photo tshirt, white, S-XL

Black, 100% cotton Guildan tshirt printed with an original image created by SEB Market BK (Faith Bowman) in 2019. Each t-shirt will be numbered and signed in gold. *US shipping included.

$50.00

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The Fashion Internship

I went from sweating out javascript to merchandising racks of frocks. It’s been quite a summer.

I got fired from my retail job at the end of May (just before finally coming off of probation and becoming a union member, so… it was either a major loss or just dodging a bullet). Luckily I had taken that Visual Merchandising class at F.I.T, so I decided to just start looking for those types of jobs instead of immediately settling for another no win position. I would go on Indeed every day, and send out resumes. The first thing I got was an internship at a fashion showroom.

Good place to start.

The first week was super sweaty and I kept forgetting that where the bathroom was (practically right in front of me ) and kept going to the bathroom at Port Authority at lunch. No, I can’t explain why I’m like this. My duties included updating excel sheets of sales leads, separating excel sheets by sales person and territory, and cold calling/emailing businesses in the territories to set up road visits or showroom appointments. I picked up lunches, steamed clothing and dropped off packages. I merchandised racks (from lightest to darkest. Try this in your closet, it looks so organized). I learned how to do social media cross referential searches for new clients. I found out about Joor, a site that helps you make linesheets for merchandise.

While I was technically working for free, interns got a $15 daily lunch budget, and I finally gave Sweetgreen a try. And Dig Inn. And my job was near legendary discount store Jack’s where they are selling Epic provisions for dirt cheap. And when I got home I started just making salads, like this easy steak salad (sear the steak while putting your greens and veggies in a cute bowl, make a vinaigrette, assemble).

Once I had to work with another intern to clear out a storage closet. We sorted through boxes of leftover merch from past clients, sorted through mannequin parts, re-merchandised racks of backstocked garments, organized shelves and closets, and took a field trip to the Goodwill in Tribeca to donate clothing and the suitcases that we brought them there in. This is how I ended up going to Milk Bar. Those were the two sweatiest, most miserable days of my summer… but there were benefits from it; my boss gave us a ton of free stuff.

I got this sweet little Erin Dana Prince Street minaudiere ($80), and these awesome Riuvadets sandals from Spain, that are sold at Opening Ceremony for $105. Yay! Because I love presents.

I made sure to dress up a little, and worked in my own upcycled items into my wardrobe. LOVE this Old Navy jersey jumpsuit with attached belt ($45). It’s a lifesaver on mornings when you spent too much time adjusting your wig and makeup.

The internship was supposed to last three months, but I stayed a month.I learned a lot and I also put on 5 pounds from sitting so much. I ended up getting a job, and also a visual merchandising job offer. I would have stayed longer, but they got a little Devil Wears Prada on me and I was getting annoyed. I would still recommend doing an internship, because it helps prepare you for the career you want and it helps give you fresh experience and new references if you’re trying to change career titles.

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK

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The Plaid Shirt

Fall is here, and I have the perfect upcycled plaid shirt for you. Get your punk/grunge/hip hop on.

Handpainted and bleached plaid flannel shirt, $125 (image of SEB Market BK by Shoott Photo)

When I was a kid my mom would get on me about ripping my clothes and not doing more to look like everyone else. She never understood my love for thrifting, and my mohawk sporting punk phase was very much over the line. She would have hated this shirt. I found a fiery red plaid flannel one day and I helped to it until I could visualize it’s final form. This involved shooting it with bleach and then going back in for a dip dye bleach bath. I had a bunch of denim cloth and I loved the idea of a bleach treated, sky blue strip running down the front. The are studs and stars involved and one massive cobra snake patch on the back.

So basically it’s perfect.

The fun thing is that you could wear this everywhere with everything. It could be a dress, worn open as a shirt jacket, or sloppily tucked into a tailored trouser. The look below creates a grungy librarian vibe by pairing the awesome shirt with a fleece top, razor sharp pleated skirt and beat up black Supergas. It’s a 90s/00s kind of outfit. Finish with flower crown, just to be like that.

Pretty in plaid…

I love it.

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK

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Upcycled plaid flannel shirt, men’s size S

Customized Mossimo plaid button down shirt hand treated with bleach. Unisex. Decorated with stars, studs, and bleach treated denim stripe, then bleached again. Denim panel is hand painted. Soft, 100% cotton and machine washable. Snake patch on the back. Measures 30 inches from shoulder to hem. 25 inches from armpit to armpit. 19 inches across back shoulders. Sleeves are 26.5 inches. *U.S. shipping included*

$125.00

Karl Is My Father sweatshirt, size S

Eleven Paris Karl Is My Father sweatshirt. Cotton poly grey marled, feels like a thick thermal top. Black, printed lettering. Brand new, never worn. Measures 24 inches from shoulder to hem. 20 inches from armpit to armpit. 23 inch long sleeves. *

$75.00

Selene knife pleated skirt, size 4

Silky polyester pleated skirt from Italian label Selene. Side zip and waistband button closure. Measures 22.5 inches from waist to hem. 13.5 inches across waist. *U.S. shipping included*

$55.00

Superga Cotu wedge sneakers, size 8

Black canvas Cotu wedge Superga sneakers. Some wear on soles, but uppers in near perfect condition. Superga tags on the side and rubber tags at the heel are in perfect condition. *Unisex. 6.5 men's, size 8 women's. Sole is 1 inch at the toe and 2 inches at the heel. 3.25 inches across at the widest part of the foot. *U.S. shipping included

$32.00

Flower crown

Red rose flower crown. Fabric roses, braided elasticated band. *U.S. shipping included.

$12.00

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The New (Shoes)

I just launched my second micro-collection on Alive Shoes… there’s a theme. Let’s get it.

Hiding, $244

Camo is always in style for some reason and I thought it would be fun to do a show collection that plays on the meaning and reason for camouflage. You know, hiding yourself in the background so you can pounce on things? That meaning.

A sophisticated take on the combat boot, Hiding features a 4.75 inch stiletto heel and platform for catwalk style strutting. Classic camo pattern Italian leather with black accents,perfect with pencil skirts or jeans. Pre-order your pair of Hiding ankle booties for $244 here.

Sneaking, $214

Sneaking is easy in these high top boots military boots with rubber sole and stacked 2 inch heel. Camouflage Italian leather with fun, contrasting yellow laces. Padded at the ankle, so they’re ready to rock every day. Side zip for easy removal. Pre-order the Sneaking boot for $214 here.

Lurking, $214

in these Beatle boots will only get you compliments. Camouflage, with tricolor leather on the foot and red elastic gussets for contrast. Black fabric tab lets you pull them on quickly. Order the Lurking slip on boot for $214 here.

Spying, $274

If you don’t wear sneakers for Spying… These have have a futuristic style that incorporates the camo and nods towards high fashion with black and white Italian leather details. The brass stars on a subtle navy strap make them even more distinctive. Pre-order your pair of high style Spying sneakers for $274 here.

See you next time! (buy some shoes…)

Faith/SEB Market BK

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The Lone Wolf

My biggest creative problem is procrastination. I like to set up projects with all the supplies and then spend weeks walking around them. I started this jacket last year but I wasn’t fully satisfied with it. Last week I looked at it and the spark went off and I finished it in three days.

The jacket already had the groundwork, but it needed some juice pumped into it. I started by painting the back panel and brushing on a eerie full moon. I found this sawesome snarling wolf patch and delicately added some red paint around the mouth. I distressed it to look like it had survived the owner turning into a wolf… or had just fought a wolf off.

Dip-dye bleaching freshened the piece and provided a better backdrop for the embellishments. It’s, um, AMAZING!!!

On location at the Nomo Soho Hotel with Shoott Photos 6/29/19 (get a 10% off your photos when you use this link!)

It’s the perfect jacket to wear with some vintage. Here I styled the Lone Wolf with my favorite skull tank top, a 70s patchwork skirt in lightweight summer cotton and a pair of chocolate brown Manas Designs motorcycle boots. The bag is an upcycled wristlet that I handpainted and embellished. Throw on some red lips (like this Cranberry Stilletto Lip Whip from Beauty Bakerie, $20) and you’re ready for photoshoots, shopping and an easy casual dinner.

How much are you loving this beautiful backdrop? It’s at the NoMo Soho Hotel, in NYC. I haven’t seen the rooms or anything, but I bet it’s a cute place to get away to. And they have a cool looking bar and restaurant.

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK

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Lone Wolf upcycled jacket, size M

Upcycled Lone Wolf jacket SEB Market BK original. Black roses wind around the front, a rhinestone encrusted snake slither around the collar on the left side. Handpainted back panel with wolf patch. Lightly sprinkled with stars and studs, faux pearls and a sparkling bumblebee on the back. Cuffs have acrylic jewels inside. Jacket has been bleached and distressed. Measures 21 inches from shoulder to hem. 19 inches from armpit to armpit. 18.5 across the waist. Sleeves are 24 inches from shoulder to wrist. *Shipping is included in the price. **United States only.

$200.00

Vintage 70s cotton patchwork skirt, size M

No label, probably handmade 70s patchwork skirt. Cut and sewn patterned panels with a floral waistband. Zipper is inset at the waist with two sets of snaps. Simple and flattering a-line shape. Colors have mellowed with time. Excellent vintage condition. 27 inches long, waist is 15 inches across. 22 1/4 inches across the hips. Skirt wides to a 37 inches across the hem. No size, but should fit a medium. *Shipping is included in the price. **United States only.

$45.00

Manas motorcycleboots, size 10

Buttery Italian Manas Design leather motorcycle boots. Features zipper trim on top and a decorative chunky (non functional) zipper on the sides. Insert strap across the ankle. Zippered closure. Round toes. Lug soles with chunk heel. Some light scuffing, but overall excellent condition. Fits the foot like a glove. Says size 41, fits US 9.5 (with socks) or 10. Boot is 7.5 inches high on the leg, above the ankle and below the calf. *Shipping is included in the price. **United States only.

$150.00

SEBMarketBK upcycled floral wristlet

Hand painted floral wristlet with patches, pearls and rhinestones. Double sided, with two zippered compartments to hold cash, cards, bus passes, parking validation tickets, movie and concert tickets, cash and a zippered pocket for change. Black on black interiors, bright brass hardware. Detachable wrist strap. Measures 7.5 inches long, 4 inches high, 1.5 inches wide *Shipping is included in the price. **United States only.

$60.00