TELFAR THROWS A CONCERT CELEBRATING THEIR COLLABORATION WITH WHITE CASTLE
FEATURING HEADLINERS CAM’RON, DEV HYNES, IAN ISIAH, VENUS X, TOTAL FREEDOM, JOEY LABEIJA + SURPRISE GUESTS!
Photos by Elijah Dominique/Made
New York, NY – October 18, 2017 –
Sunday night, TELFAR ho
The original party venue at White Castle in LeFrak City, Queens — where the designer was born, raised and lives to this day, was shut down by the NYPD 72 Hours ahead of the celebration, despite 6 months of planning and proper permitting leading up to.
The party last night was a show of solidarity as thousands of TELFAR’s fans showed up, showing their commitment to the charity this event went towards, and captured the surreal spirit of TELFAR’s past New York Fashion Week Afterparties at the White Castle in Times Square that have become legends of New York nightlife.
Venus X, Total Freedom, Joseph Labeija DJed sets for the night, followed by a duet between Dev Hynes (of Blood Orange) with Brooklyn-based R&B chanteuse Ian Isiah. The party finished with a surprise performance by Cam’ron and Akinyele to over a thousand fashion-fans!
From Liberia to Lefrak to Paris; from White Castle customer to their uniform-designer; from the heart of Queens to the runways of New York Fashion Week — and now as a finalist in the coveted Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund — TELFAR is a quintessentially American story.
To share this narrative, Telfar has designed a limited edition Capsule Collection with White Castle which debuted at the event (now available at Shop.Telfar.Net) and 100% of White Castle Proceeds goes to the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights – Liberty and Justice fund to bail minors off of Rikers Island.
The collection of nine stylish streetwear staples features the Telfar X White Castle mash-up logo and celebrates the communities that call White Castle their own: the Bronx, Bushwick, East New York, Harlem, and LeFrak City Queens.
A ZIP-CODE shirt style (featuring the Zip Code of the White Castle near Telfar’s home he grew up in) is available exclusively at the White Castle restaurant in LeFrak City, Queens — and can be purchased straight off the menu and comes in a customized Crave Case!
White Castle will be rolling out 6 more Zip Code shirts nationally locations in Detroit, Chicago, St Louis and Columbus Ohio.
Launching his eponymous line in 2005 at the age of 18, Liberian-American unisex prodigy Telfar Clemens has developed with remarkable fidelity a brand and a design vocabulary which is uniquely democratic and strikingly original.
The TELFAR vision is rooted in taking what is most utterly normal in the American wardrobe and culture and accelerating it.
Deconstructing its form; re-imagining its function; and projecting it into the future. From his 10 year retrospective at the 2016 Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art to his commission to design the new uniforms for the iconic White Castle hamburger chain — for TELFAR there is no such thing as high and low.
TELFAR’s vision for fashion is totally horizontal and radically democratic. The result is a brand that bridges art and culture; music, nightlife, technology and style — known as much for its genre-bending projects, parties and presentations as for its clothes. With his nomination as a finalist in the Vogue/CFDA 2017 Fashion Fund, TELFAR has the opportunity to take his place in American Fashion future. www.telfar.net
About White Castle®
White Castle, America’s first fast-food hamburger chain based in Columbus, Ohio, has been making Bold Moves™ as a family-owned business for more than 96 years.
SPECIAL THANKS TO WHITE CASTLE, ZIRKOVA, LYFT