Flick of the Wrist: the Mint Evolutive Defender is Many Watches in One Package

Originally, when BLACKFISTS received one of Mint Evolutive’s Defender watches to review, the urge to compare the watch to high-end brands came to mind. After spending a few weeks with the watch, we were gravitating towards calling it the “Tudor Pelagos without the wallet strain,” as a means of categorizing the Seiko-powered, Frenchman curated, interchangeable and quality-crafted timepiece as it does, in fact, have the feel of a luxurious powerhouse. But it would be a disservice to Mint Evolutive and the brand’s mastermind, Alexandre Besson, to put it in a box, as the only box it’s meant to reside in is the one in which it came. Continue reading Flick of the Wrist: the Mint Evolutive Defender is Many Watches in One Package

Flick of the Wrist: LAGOM Watches, a Swedish and Hong Kongese Reverie

“A Swedish man and a man from Hong Kong walk into a watch shop and search for a watch that best suits their aesthetic” sounds like the beginning to a really lame joke, but a piece from LAGOM watches is the sort of wrist-candy that both fellows, seemingly from different worlds, would choose. Continue reading Flick of the Wrist: LAGOM Watches, a Swedish and Hong Kongese Reverie

Mama Kea’s Handwoven Footwear Will Pull on Your Heartstrings

Mama Kea is a Johannesburg, South Africa-based footwear company that is quite the contrast to the fast fashion brands of today in its approach, each pair of woven shoes are made by hand and equipped with a comfortable sneaker sole. They’re made in conjunction with elders and millennials working symbiotically, and some pairs don African pride colors that mirror both nature and the flags of sovereign nations. Each shoe is more unique than a haute couture brand and is way more sustainable than any sneaker made in a factory. You can even get your own pair with your own color selection and pattern! Continue reading Mama Kea’s Handwoven Footwear Will Pull on Your Heartstrings