Anthropocene: The Long Edit
24th Apr — 2023·
As we close out our AW23 season, we present a longer view of the collection and highlight some of the amazing work by the team that happens behind the scenes. We present the Autumn/Winter 2023 Menswear Collection, "Anthropocene" which debuted at London Fashion Week, February 2023.
Anthropocene Showroom: LFW AW2023
18th Feb — 2023·
We're happy to have presented our first showroom in London at Soho Works Dean Street, during London Fashion Week February 2023. We'd also like to thank Michelle and her team at Future Brand Thinking for their efforts in organising this event, as well as all our guests and friends for ensuring its success.
17th Feb — 2023·
Gravalot's Anthropocene collection debuted at London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2023.
London Fashion Week AW2023
13th Feb — 2023·
Press Release Statement Gravalot’s Anthroprocene collection for Autumn/Winter 2023 collection is set to debut at London Fashion Week’s AW23 edition, on Friday 17th February 2023. The Anthropocene collection continues Gravalot’s signatures of mixing military themes and loose tailoring, couture level woven fabrics, crisp silhouettes and highly detailed embroidery. The collection also sustains key elements of the brand identity including cowrie shells, hibiscus flowers and introduces the new, powerful leopard teeth symbol. The collection will be available for private viewing on Friday 17th February 2023, from 12pm – 6pm. Soho Works Dean Street, 76 Dean St, London, W1D 3SQ. To request access, please email [email protected]. For more information about the collection or to arrange an interview with the designer contact [email protected].
26th Jun — 2022·
The imagery for Gravalot’s Spring/Summer 2023 capsule collection takes place on the blank canvas wall of a foreign dream, against the backdrop of a course paradise that embodies home. The collection continues Gravalot’s tradition of developing silhouettes and garments from under-appreciated deadstock materials typically found in local stores and markets, with an emphasis on breathable, woven, natural textiles. Cuban collar shirts, tailored shorts, wide and split hem trousers populate the capsule while a mix of cotton lace and wool provide the choice of wear for warm days and cool nights. Shot in Lagos Nigeria during West Africa’s rainy season, heavier “Big Boy” jackets are worn open and without tops, with a cropped buttonless open blazer pushing the boundary of creating men’s dresswear for such an environment. SS2023 Capsule was shot on Wednesday, 15th June 2022 at 22 Beach House, Ilashe, Lagos Nigeria. Debuting at Paris Fashion Week® Men's Spring/Summer 2023.
Paris Fashion Week Men's SS2023
22nd Jun — 2022·
Press Release Statement The imagery for Gravalot’s Spring/Summer 2023 capsule collection takes place on the blank canvas wall of a foreign dream, against the backdrop of a coarse paradise that embodies home. The collection continues Gravalot’s tradition of developing silhouettes and garments from under-appreciated deadstock materials typically found in local stores and markets, with an emphasis on breathable, woven, natural textiles. Cuban collar shirts, tailored shorts, wide and split hem trousers populate the capsule while a mix of cotton lace and wool provide the choice of wear for warm days and cool nights. Shot in Lagos Nigeria during West Africa’s rainy season, heavier “Big Boy” jackets are worn open and without tops, with a cropped buttonless open blazer pushing the boundary of creating men’s dresswear for such an environment. Gravalot is scheduled to present the collection digitally on Gravalot’s YouTube channel and Paris Fashion Week Men’s website, Sunday the 26th June 2022 at 17:30 CET. Press enquires can be directed to Public Image PR at every[email protected] and buyer enquiries to [email protected].
10th May — 2022·
Authenticity & Traceability There are two important pillars that drive product and business development at Gravalot: authenticity and traceability. Authenticity refers to the origin of a product with the quality of being genuine or not counterfeit and traceability refers to a product's history and the ability to track it from source to the end consumer. These pillars help keep our business transparent and accountable for any claims that we make and boosts customer confidence in our brand, such as not using child labor or sweatshop conditions, nor use materials from endangered species or other illegal sources. Trademarks and copyrights can only go so far in protecting our brand's intellectual property and it can be hard to achieve in a world where so many products are mass-produced by machines or outsourced overseas. Introducing Inventory Labels We embarked on a journey to track each garment manufactured at our factories, and provide this information to customers directly. Starting in May 2022, all Gravalot products can be traced via our inventory page, with inventory labels affixed to product swing tags to help customers see where our products originate.
Temps Lourd - Paris Fashion Week Men's AW22
25th Jan — 2022·
Heavy Weather was presented at Paris Fashion Week® Menswear Autumn/Winter 2022. Palais de Tokyo on Wednesday the 19th of January 2022, 16:00 - 18:30 CET.
19th Jan — 2022·
The Heavy Weather collection started with the lofty aim to represent this statement: "Modern society extending through the extremities of capitalism, seems to commodify everything in the physical and spiritual realms. It exhausts itself with the transformation of the natural world into objects of control, only to confound itself in the degradation of the environment, the desolation of society and the hollowing of human character.”
Paris Fashion Week Men's AW2022
23rd Dec — 2021·
Press Release Statement Gravalot is proud to announce the debut of their new collection titled Heavy Weather at Paris Fashion Week® Menswear's Autumn/Winter 2022. A presentation will be held at Palais de Tokyo on Wednesday the 19th of January 2022 from 16:00 - 18:30 CET. A digital presentation will also be shown on Wednesday the 19th January 2022 at 15:30 CET on Gravalot's YouTube channel and the Paris Fashion Week platform. Press enquires can be directed to Livio Facchini at [email protected] and buyer enquiries to [email protected]. Heavy Weather Presentation Wednesday 19th January 2022 Palais de Tokyo, 16ème, Paris 16:00 - 18:30 CET
OUR Maison x NJAS x SOHO House
29th Oct — 2021·
We're proud to announce that we'll be showcasing a few items from recent collections, in partnership with Our Maison, Not Just Another Store and SOHO House. Alongside other fantastic brands focused on the Black Diaspora, particularly from Britain and West Africa, we're looking forward to seeing old and new faces. Week 1: November 1 - 6 @ White City Studio 101 Wood Lane, London, W12 7FA - Monday – Welcome Party - Wednesday – Panel discussion - Saturday – After party - Whole week – Pop up and art exhibition Week 2: November 8 - 13 @ Not Just Another Store NJAS (Buzzer 9), 8-13 New Inn Street, London, EC2A 3PY - Monday – Welcome Party - Thursday – Panel discussion & after party - Whole week – Pop up and art exhibition Week 3: November 15 - 20 @ Kettner’s 29 Romilly Street, London, W1D 5HP - Monday – Welcome Party - Thursday – Panel discussion & after party - Whole week – Pop up and art exhibition
Linen Care Guide
28th Sep — 2021·
Both stylish and hard-wearing, linen is a natural fabric made from the fibres of the flax plant and has been highly prized for thousands of years. Its popularity is deserved as it is a tough material that hangs beautifully but also breathes so that you always feel comfortable, whatever the temperature. It is not a difficult fabric to care for but it does need thoughtful care to keep looking at its best. Following a few simple rules will ensure that your garments remains looking good as new.
Printed Garment Care
25th Sep — 2021·
If you want your printed garments to last as long as possible and look as good as new, you need to make sure that you treat them more carefully than most of your other clothes. You can’t simply throw them in the washer and dryer without a thought and expect them to come out looking the way they did when they went in. There are several things that can cause the quality of a printed garment to deteriorate, but they’ll only do so if they aren’t cared for properly. Although different methods can be used to create a print on a garment, which may mean that some are hardier than others, we recommend you follow this advice for each printed garment you own. With that said, you should make sure to always check the washing label to double-check that there are no special instructions. Read on to learn how to properly care for your printed garments. Figure: Divers éléments de la machine à imprimer les papiers peints by Broux, P.
Wool Care Guide
23rd Sep — 2021·
Wool garments are some of the best in our wardrobes, and help us stay warm and comfortable throughout the cooler months. They’re as comfy as they are stylish, and can instantly elevate a simple outfit. By caring for your wool carefully, you can extend its useful life for years. Wool is a natural fibre that keeps itself relatively clean. Think about it, sheep may get a little yellow, but they never really get dirty – especially if you part the wool and look inside. For this reason, it will manage odours well, will rarely get wrinkles, and is even stain resistant.
Cotton Care Guide
19th Sep — 2021·
Cotton is one of the most popular natural fabrics on Earth with a rich history. It’s soft, breathable, incredibly comfortable, and just as easy to care for. Unlike more difficult fabrics like leathers and silk, you can quickly learn how to care for your cotton garments and keep them in top condition for many years to come. Read on to learn how to care for your cotton garments. Daily Care Cotton requires little in daily care – cotton is a relatively forgiving fabric, so you don’t need to worry about heading to the dry cleaners every time you use a cotton garment. Simply follow the washing, drying, and ironing tips above and you’ll keep your cotton garments looking soft and fresh for years to come.
Silk Care Guide
15th Sep — 2021·
How to Wash Silk Well-made silk garments should last you a lifetime if you take proper care of them. Silk generally keeps better if you hand wash it, but sometimes you don’t have the time or may not be confident that you’ll handle it correctly. Some silks are washable in the machine but if your silk becomes badly stained, it should be dry-cleaned. It’s best not to attempt to remove stains with a stain remover yourself – let your dry-cleaner know what caused the stains and ensure they know how to clean silk before handing over your garments. Some silk items that should always be dry-cleaned include silk robes, scarves, chiffons, ties, taffetas, brocades and silk clothing with several multi-coloured designs and prints. If you plan to use your washing machine to clean your silk, consider investing in a delicates bag which will protect your silk while you wash it. Always wash silk on a cold wash or use a delicates setting at 30° - 40°.
Leather Care Guide
11th Sep — 2021·
Leather is one of the toughest yet most luxurious natural materials we have, but it is something you have to care for to keep it looking its best. When you invest in leather goods, providing the right care from the moment it's in your hands will ensure it lasts for decades to come. So, how do you ensure your leather goods last? From bags and belts to leather jackets and more, here’s your ultimate guide to caring for any leather product.
Recycling Our Textiles
13th Aug — 2021·
Recycling Our Textiles The treatment of waste textiles has always been of core concern for Gravalot. Each year 26.2 million tonnes of CO2 is produced in the UK due to textiles, and 350,000 tonnes worth of textiles is sent to landfill. At Gravalot, we make small production runs for each collection, which eliminates our need for sales of unsold stock and also reduces the amount of waste we generate. Any small amount of unsold stock has typically been defected, then passed onto local recyclers and charities, to ensure our buyers can claim ownership to the very best quality that we have on offer.
Staying Afloat, Just
22nd Jun — 2021·
Intro This collection explores no stories or ideals, but is a response to our acceptance into the Menswear calendar of Paris Fashion Week®. It is the result of a turbulent process; a ready-to-wear menswear collection manhandled in 30 days of uncertainty. With the FHCM(1)'s faith in our brand, our values, our vision and our future, this collection is a marker for Gravalot's current position and a gateway in our evolution.
Spring 2021 Capsule at London Fashion Week
22nd Feb — 2021·
Press Release Statement Gravalot’s Spring 2021 capsule collection is an Afro-contemporary take on quintessential men’s tailoring, that embodies the evolving sartorial style of our complex era. While the global pandemic has blurred the lines between home and work, formal and informal, Gravalot has eloquently responded by incorporating leisurewear and workwear aesthetics in to this innovative collection. This highly desirable capsule collection inhabits this new space and appeals to our innate desires to look smart but feel comfortable.
Gravalot Joins the British Fashion Council
23rd Sep — 2020·
We're proud to announce the Gravalot has become a member of the British Fashion Council (BFC). Joining the BFC is of great importance to us as a UK based fashion label. We look forward to working with the BFC and utilising their great expertise in all areas of fashion, their amazing network of talented, expert individuals and partaking in London Fashion Weeks ahead.
Beware of Natives
10th Sep — 2020·
Come family, we need no crowns where we’re going. Our traditions and myths have been demonised and determined to be a poverty of spirit. Minds that carry anxiety will come for your spirituality, not to be called to the way of God, but to the way of their oppression. We need no saving by missionaries.
28th Jan — 2020·
The spirit of a guinea fowl is to guard and protect. Black dots adorning its feathers symbolise a release of the energies no longer serving a purpose. Time to welcome new energies.
Preview 3 of 2020 Collection
29th Nov — 2019·
Press Release Statement Preview 3 of Gravalot’s marquee collection for 2020, shot in Surulere, Lagos has been released. New pieces are beautifully crafted from woven Asò-ókè material, a textile native to the Yoruba tribe, maintaining Gravalot’s strong emphasis on sustainable materials, traditional techniques and local expertise. Strong & vibrant colours are used throughout the release, mixing tailored and loose fits with heavily textured textiles. This can be seen at gravalot.com/releases/019-aina.
26th Nov — 2019·
20th Dec — 2018·
Transformational These garments draw inspiration from the transformational man. The man that crosses boundaries necessary for growth, necessary for truth, necessary to find the god within himself. As this desire grows he finds that he must unshackle himself from the binds of stagnant thoughts and foul habits before he can begin the transformation he so seeks · The garments move freely, light and airy, perfect for the unbound spirit.
15th Oct — 2018·
We're proud to announce that we'll be showing during Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo at the Trunk Hotel 18th — 19th October 2018, 10am — 6pm. Please say hello if you are in the vicinity. Arigatou! Trunk Hotel, 5 Chome-31 Jingumae, 150-0001, Shibuya, Tokyo. In association with London Market Tokyo, UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT), Department for International Trade (DIT), Fashion is Great and the European Regional Development Fund
Child of the Sun - Act II
18th Jul — 2018·
Child of the Sun, textured by grace, weathered by experience, slightly scarred but never broken. Your eyes look but your heart sees more.
Paris Fashion Week Homme SS19: Child of the Sun Presentation
26th Jun — 2018·
Child of the Sun Presentation showcasing Gravalot's SS19 collection entitled Child of the Sun at Paris Fashion Week Homme · Galerie Eric Dupont Paris, June 22nd 2018
Gravalot Joins the FHCM
26th Apr — 2018·
We're proud to announce that Gravalot has become a member of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode (FHCM), and in the upcoming season will be presenting at Paris Fashion Week Men's for the first time. For us, this marks a great achievement and thank the Federation for their consideration. We look forward to working closely with our new partners in Paris and preparing for our Spring/Summer 2019 presentation ahead.
23rd Apr — 2018·
Part III · Ụlọ Brief Village Observations It's 10.30 on Christmas morning and I’m eating freshly roasted plantain in the reception of God is Good Motors, waiting for the bus to my mother’s village twelve hours away. A tall guard in freshly pressed security uniform tells us to sit down and wait. My mum retorts “Everywhere in Nigeria they don't want people to stand because it makes them feel like they're being rushed!”. Behind us an elder lady yells through her phone “Hai! I am dying here now! Hai! I am dying here now! Hai! I am dying here ooo! Please help me”. Her luggage is missing. Screaming is the anthem of Lagos, so people ignore her.
Gravalot Joins the UKFT Association
19th Mar — 2018·
We're proud to announce that Gravalot will be officially joining the UK Fashion & Textile Association. Having established a relationship with Paul Alger, the UKFT's Director of International Business Development, we have been consistently impressed by their level of support and expertise in a number of areas relating to the fashion industry. We hope that our membership with the association will be a fruitful one and look forward to working with the UKFT in the years to come.
25th Feb — 2018·
Introduction In 2011 I travelled to Nigeria for the first time since 1993. I was five when I left. Without a greater depth and understanding of Nigeria as it is, this is a personal account of the journey I took, views I encountered and ideas that developed. This is not a manifesto. I write with young eyes, fractured memories and a yearning for better times ahead.
1st Aug — 2016·
Kampala, Jinja and Busia in Uganda to Kisumu, Nakuru and Nairobi in Kenya. 14 hours on the road driven under East Africa’s fastest, most fearless coach driver. We arrive at the border in Namanga. The air is crisp, the sky is bright, the cloud forest of Ol Doniyo Orok lays at our backs while Tanzania awaits in front.
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