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2019, DIGGA D, FASHION, HEADIE ONE, LOZ SMITH, MEDIA, MUSIC, NSG, RUSS, UK MUSIC, YXNG BANE -

2018 was pivotal in transcending the music scene to heights never seen before, with the new year promising to be even better. Last October we witnessed what some deemed to be groundbreaking pertaining to UK Hip-hop, the chorus-less song ‘Funky Friday’ by Fredo and Dave debuting at No 1 on the UK Singles Chart. The achievement must have meant a lot to both artists involved but does much more for the UK music scene, with songs with similar aesthetic also performing well on the charts. We wanted to curate a list that expresses who we thought was on track to have a dope 2019.  Russ -   Russ started off the year...

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CREATIVE, EAST LONDON, FASHION, HACKNEY, HACKNEY GAZETTE -

Clothing line 1Figures has become familiar to many sartorially conscious locals. At the age of 14, owner Christopher Kutoya started putting money towards setting up a label. Only a few years later, Christopher realised his vision by establishing the brand and hosting his own pop up shop in Hackney in 2016. “Hackney has definitely played a massive role in my build up as a creative person,” Kutoya says. “Without Hackney I can definitely say that I may not be in the position I am now in with regards to my creative skills and outlook. Experiences from growing up and seeing...

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1FIGURES, EAST LONDON, FASHION, HACKNEY, MUSIC -

This is a new wave of young UK designers intent on launching reputable streetwear brands off the back of their strong, African upbringing. The two reigning champs at separate ends of the clothing spectrum: Jai Eleven of [Nothing] and Christopher Kutoya of 1 Figures – are both currently in their element. Endorsing the grime-scene saviours and cultural innovators of our time, the names include the good one Lancey Fouxx, wolf Yxng Bane, Ghetts, Kojey Radical, Aj Tracy, Bonkaz, Kojo Funds, SNE, Frenzy, Dave… you get the picture. Africa’s cultural influence is undeniably breaking through in the UK. Chris Kutoya of 1Figures clothing is another headliner of the...

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1FIGURES, EAST LONDON, FASHION, HACKNEY -

23-year-old Christopher Kutoya from Hackney, East London is the founder and creative director of the 1Figures clothing line. The recent Criminology and Youth Studies graduate has managed to successfully combine his studies with running a profitable business – no easy feat. We sat down with him after the conclusion of their 3rd Annual pop up sale, which launched their new AW18 collection Tell us the history of 1F? – What made you start the brand, what does it mean? Where does it originate from? Making clothes and fashion has been something I’ve been extremely passionate about, my earliest experiences stemmed...

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