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Custom Crowns: Versatile Fashion by Aisha Anime

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Fashion is dictated by the latest trends on the catwalk and even picking up a jumper from the bargain bin shows hints from a past season when that jumper was based on a design that was popular, Custom crowns is streetwear that aims to delete the beginning. Using their velcro passion to create 100's of designs so you don't have to be left with one look.

Expertly crafted; with attention to detail, form and functionality. With our Custom Crowns velcro snapbacks and truckers, you take control. Create your style. Customise your crown. The (capslaps) patches features their own signature designs in collaboration with independent artists, familiar brands and even take bespoke commissions. Why should fashion be limited?

Kickstarter launching soon but they have already had people snap up their hats ; such as Ed Sheeran, THE FIRST KINGS (X Factor), KORR-A and SNOOCHIE SHY.

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The team behind Custom Crowns started out with a shared love of fashion, design and art. Collectively,  tired of how generic the caps offered by so many companies were becoming and even though the cap market is booming we felt their was room for a more niche product that would encompass the individuality that so many of us crave these days. 

They spent time researching and sourcing materials that would give them confidence that they could offer something different to anything currently on the market. 

Through their innovative design concept they wanted to give their customers something they will love and cherish and rush to show their friends. As importantly wanted to create an ethical business that gives back to the local community while simultaneously supporting many talented artists from around the world.

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The three guys behind Custom Crowns:

MARK ISLE has strong background in art, design and fashion. Mark heads up the creative side of Custom Crowns - working on all aspects of product design and development. Historically, Mark ran several successful online fashion platforms selling 3rd party brands. Mark also ran a web design & development company with his brother, helping clients with branding, design and marketing

ADEL ALI KHAN deals with the PR side of things and has a strong background in journalism and fashion with a degree in Business and Law. Adel runs the operational side of the company. Adel started working in fashion when he was 17 years old. Since then he has gone on to work for brands such as Hugo Boss and Inditex.Adel also ran a catering company, where he built and sold boutiquefood pods, for individuals and companies.

KOFI OPPONG comes with a wealth of  retail background that spans 30 years. This includes a 10-year career at JD Sports followed by 10 years working as product manager for Nike. A trainer collector with over 200 pairs of shoes, Kofi now runs Urban MBA - A charity that supports urban adults between the ages of 18 – 25 to set up and sustain their business

Find out more about Custom Crowns on their social media:

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Follow Aisha Anime’s adventures on the following links:
Twitter: @aisha_anime
Facebook: aisha anime
Instagram: aisha_kicks_ass
Blog: http://www.aishaanime.co.uk/

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Okinawa Day 2014 by Aisha Anime

Flyers of the event

Flyers of the event

A friend of mine asked me if I was free 21st June to go to Okinawa day. this was something I had never heard of of. Okinawa is a prefecture made up of thousands of islands, south of Kyushu. The largest Island is named Okinawa Shima, or Okinawa Island, the mission of Okinawa Association U.K and London Okinawa Sanshinkai who organise the event is to promote Okinawan culture further in the U.K in order to strengthen our existing relationship between the U.K and Okinawa.

This event has occurred annually since 2009 in the Uk and they hope to strengthen the relationship between the UK and Okinawa through the annual events. They also encourage more and more U.K audiences to participate in future Okinawa related events and to create an Okinawa cultural hub in the UK. 

This particular Okinawa day is before the 23rd June which is a memorial day in Okinawa to commemorate the final battle day where more than 200.000 lives were lost at the end of WWll. 

Okinawa Day was held outside at Spittlefield market in London to celebrate Okinawan culture with a variety of events. They demonstrate the spirit of Uta-no-hi (A day of Songs) started in Okinawa in 2001 by BEGIN, a popular blues band. Uta-no-hi's purpose is to appreciate and celebrate Uta (Songs) which bring joy to their lives as well as to help overcome the hardships of life. 

kids dance at okinawa day

We had a great demonstration of Okinawan dancing with drummers and they even did a workshop to show audience members how to do the dance and drum.It was great to see a huge range of people in the audience from young children to the older generation coming to learn and immerse themselves in the culture

So we had a variety of singers perform folk songs, Jpop songs and had a great ensemble with Hide the Guitar player with Hibiki the top Shamishen player in the UK and Akari singing her harmonious melodies.

We also had some live Karete demonstrations which showed stances with different weapons and also a display of strength with the demonstrators withstanding bamboo sticks.

Hide, Akari and Hibiki

Hide, Akari and Hibiki

Amongst the entertainment they also had delicious food on sale including Nice Ice - perfect for the hot weather, Taponyaki (octopus balls) and even a Tea ceremony demonstration for people to participate it. 

Alongside the food they had lots of stalls selling merchandise including key rings, fans, plushes, flower headbands and a few travel agents including Japan Journey's offering bespoke holidays to suit your interests at reasonable prices. Why not indulge in a manga orientated tour ? Go to http://www.japanjourneys.co.uk/site/ for more information on planning your perfect Japanese holiday.

Poppy Daisy Handmade Flower Headbands 

Poppy Daisy Handmade Flower Headbands 

Poppy Daisy Handmade Flower Headbands happened to have been set up in the area where lots of ladies and children jumped at the chance to adorn their heads in flowers. She sold flower headbands, clips anything to do with flowers. Selling them for six years, the owner is from Sweden, where it is traditional to use flowers in celebrations. Buy some of her creations online from poppydaisy.com  as well as popping into Spittlefield market on a Saturday.

It was a great family day out and entry was free!

~Aisha Anime ~

For more photos of the event go here:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.658360670885051.1073741836.554115554642897&type=3

For more information on the organisations involved or the day itself go to:

http://www.okinawaday.org.uk/

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Toymation Launch... Again?? by UKAnifest

Hi Civilians,
Our friends at Toymation have been away for a long time (almost 1 year) and now they are 3 days away from launching there new website.

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The website promises simplicity and is password protected so if you wanna get in you have to follow them on twitter / facebook to get the password. I must say it looks like its gonna be exciting times for the company as we are the sister company and we have some insight as to what they are doing. Toymation looks like it is ready to bring us something new (again) in the World Wide Web for anime and all people that like to customise stuff.  ^_*