As a person who very rarely wears a watch (that’s what phones are for no?) I was excited and instantly fell in love when introduced to Belgian brand Komono. Creators of both timepieces and sunglasses their products are simple yet strikingly beautiful.
“Critically acclaimed for his modern interpretation of Congolese music, Baloji infused his savvy and modern style into 4 unique styles of Komono sunglasses. This capsule is launched together with Baloji’s new record “64bits & Malachite”, where all 4 unique styles are featured in the artworks.
Baloji’s music stands at the crossroads of African music, the French singer-songwriter tradition and afro-american music (soul, funk, jazz) discovered through the culture of sampling and electronic music (trance, deep house) which has its roots in part in the region of Belgium where Baloji grew up.
The collection embraces African elegance, of its era and current trends while drawing from a past colonial aesthetic model, that remains constant as a powerful inspiration and influence. This refinement implies a kind of exuberance because it defies racial and social categorisation. Gold because it has that ostentatious quality, yet the malachite remains dominant and sometimes resembles a green African tortoiseshell.”