[Thenublk] John & Hillary Levy of Clothing Label Tallawa: An exciting fusion of art & fashion



Introduce yourself  

Hi! We are John & Hillary, the designers of TALLAWA, a sportswear brand that is a marriage of art & fashion.  We are married, we love art & fashion and one day combined our passions to make fun & colourful printed clothing for the creative spirit in everyone.


Favourite lyric from a song

To tie up my do right and tighten up my ‘fro
Wrapping myself in black and still I shine and glow
Ain’t that bad, ain’t that black and ain’t that fine

“Jelly Roll” by Nina Simone


We’re inspired by

Each other, the connectivity of the African diaspora, art, & all things tallawa (which means “tough & strong” in Jamaican patois).


Icons past/present

John Coltrane, Stephen Burrows, Romare Bearden, Isabel & Ruben Toledo, Bob Marley, Barack & Michelle Obama


Thenublack philosophy

And if I have all prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries & knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

1 Corinthians 13:2


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