A selection of interviews taken from Duomo and Warm System between myself and several different emerging and established artists in the Milwaukee community
( warm system 2018 )
It has been one year since LáAro relocated a few blocks from its original space on Brady Street in Milwaukee and about two since I walked in, searching for a Lapa for an African dance class I was taking. I met Simbi for the first time and what I knew wouldn’t be my last. Here we have an interview between myself and Simbi Laaro, owner of Milwaukee’s West African Boutique, offering custom designed garments using traditional Ankara fabrics made by her team in Lagos, Nigeria. LáAro is an important place in terms local business for the city of Milwaukee as well as within the greater movemement in African culture in the US.
Elmer Moore + Jess Goehner of Milwaukee Denim Co.
( warm system 2018 )
Elmer Moore and Jess Goehner are the faces behind Milwaukee Denim Co (MDco), a selvedge denim company that hand-crafts and designs jeans and other accessories. They just began production in Fall 2017 in Milwaukee’s Clarke Square neighborhood. Elmer is the executive director of Scale Up Milwaukee, ex-modern dancer and overall man about town, having met him in 2015 from his frequent visits to my job at Form Fine Goods where we would exchange rants and rambles. MDco’s first product, the Five-Panel hat,www was and is still sold at Form alongside Directive leather goods, Jess’s personal business where she creates custom leather accessories. They did not know one another in 2015, but soon began a friendship that grew into starting local production for Milwaukee Denim Co.
Here we have the story as told by Elmer, the founder, and Jess, the magician of fabrication. This story takes place at the Factory, where MDco happens and where the shop dog, Raisin, keeps everyone in check. A certain kind of folly ensues when the three of us are put in a room together, so good luck and be sure to check them out!
Post Grad Peep:
(Duomo no.5 2017 )
(duomo no.4 2016)