Everyday Afros Vibes!
The sound of NO interlaced with beautifully accented foreign words and the simple gesture of the clasp of the hands and a head shake I somehow understood, we are filled to the max, No. I could not score a table, I had just ear hustled from a few locals at this happening Mediterranean spot my 2nd day in rainy wet Bogota. So I walked to grab a coffee instead. Downing a red eye - jager bomb inspired coffee with you guessed it a shot of expresso.
Indulging in the free WIFI, sweet atmosphere and coffee until the power went out. Utterly leaving the place no more grayer than usually since the space is an open aire cafe. Feeling impatient I felt the urge to be doing something. I got my bearings used my $10 per day very expensive Verizon data plan to hop an Uber - which is illegal in Colombia - over to a designer's shop. At the initial writing of this post, during my Spanish lesson I was told the taxi drivers were protesting Uber the same day in Bogota. Oh, I have a wonderful Colombian Spanish teacher. iTalki is a wonderful resource for brushing up on your languages for short term and long term use.
The streets and their numbering will leave you thinking that you are so close to your destination or so far from it. After a few cuts through allies and side streets I shortly arrive at "TRAMA" Casa Creativa! an Independent art collective where Lia Samantha, an Afro-Colombian clothing and accessories brand that promotes inclusion through its designs and mission is headquartered. Her brand is carried all over Colombia in Cartagena, Medellín, Cali, XX. Designer Lia Samantha is also lead vocalist of the reggae colombiano band, Voodoo Souljahs and a TV Personality on , Divas.
Designing early as a child, hailing her expertise comes from a long line of designers and artist especially her dad and aunt who gave her the skills of sewing and design. Pushing out garments and ensembles for herself and friends a suitor of hers (told, thought, remarked she should see a career of fashion design and go to school to learn more. ] Graduating for [something] she loves, she saw a gap in the representation of Afro- Colombian in her county, models all looked different than her community. On a trip to Toronto she came across african fabrics and the African culture within that city. The roots of Africa showing through many countries outside of the continent of Africa intrigued Lia Samantha to create a brand embracing the everyday afro and symbolic designs of African fabrics.
Infusing storytelling and design she boldy confirms the first rule of fashion, that it is indeed a statement, what we choose to wear can have deeper meaning other than just for "show".
Hours and location are 11/00 a.m - 7/00 p.m🔺Cll. 56 # 6 - 33 Bogotá- Chapinero Alto.