Manifesto Talks: Vashtie, In Conversation w Che Kothari
68 Claremont St, Toronto, ON M6J 2M5, Canada
Manifesto 11 in collaboration with Creator's Class present:
Vashtie, In Conversation with Che Kothari...
She has cultivated the Downtown New York City scene for over a decade as a style icon, yet her curatorial outreach and influence spans worldwide. Moving easily among fashion, film and music, she has emerged as “a role model for young tastemakers,” as the The New York Times titled her in a Style section feature profile.
When she established herself in New York in 1999, she found her way to places like the legendary Supreme skate shop on Lafayette St. in the East Village, where she fell into a vibrant DIY scene. Vashtie quickly grew to be a multi-disciplinary force melding art and style with her original and refreshing perspective.
Vashtie’s approach incorporates a core sensibility that marries the cosmopolitan to an unhinged street aesthetic, which is why Time Out New York once named her “Most Stylish New Yorker.” She challenges the boundaries of gender, beauty, and individuality embodied by the aesthetic of her brand Violette. In 2010, Vashtie became the first woman to design a Jordan brand sneaker under the Violette signature in an empowering campaign oriented toward girls featuring the tagline “sometimes the king is a woman.”
Photographer, Director, Producer, Organizer, Manager, Instigator, & Artist, Chetan Kothari affectionately known as “Che” brings an army of energy towards anything he creates.
Starting as a photographer, Che has shot intimate portraits with the likes of Nas, Erykah Badu, Ice Cube, Joey Badass, SZA, RZA, TI, Ziggy & Damian Marley, ?uestlove, Winnie Harlow, Qtip, Jhene Aiko, and many more. Che then co-founded Manifesto and served as its Executive Director for 7 years, while now serving as the organizations Chairman; he also co-founded sister organizations of Manifesto in Kingston Jamaica and more recently, New York City. Che has since founded an artist services and management company called Gifted, working with Machel Montano, Protoje, Chronixx, a l l i e, Mustafa The Poet, Angela Hunte, Puffy L’z and more.
Through all his work and contributions to the cultural landscape of Toronto and the world, he is determined to make a difference in his community in hopes that emerging and established artists will shape and follow his lead.
Sunday June 11th. 12pm-330pm. All ages. Free! 68 Claremont St, 3rd floor (Free Space).
Free w/ RSVP (subject to capacity, does not guarantee entry. Arriving early is highly encouraged.)
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