Guest Blog from summer of somewhereto_ London Shop Manager Kingsley Zah
Another day, another fantastic guest blog. Today we’re handing things over to summer of somewhereto_ London Shop Manager Kingsley.
Hi my name is Kingsley Zah, I’m a fashion designer, musician, visionary, and all round good guy trying to figure life out whilst having fun!
Earlier this year in May, I participated in my first independent group fashion show called STRIKE, which was held in an amazing old church called Asylum in Peckham. Laura and Misha, who were the London Regional Delivery Partners that helped curate the fashion show, approached me to see if I’d be interested in being involved in the summer campaign. After the incredibly positive experience I’d had with somewhereto_I thought this would be an interesting opportunity, so in July I became a shop manager for the first time in the London space in Peckham High Street.
I had no idea what to expect, but knew this was going to be a motivated summer. Being around so many supportive and creative people, blew my mind, you see, the thing is, I sometimes find with London, although its brimming with diverse creative people, the fact is you don’t really get to see all of them in one space at the same time, unless it’s a one day event. But summer of somewhereto_ was different, and very special.
Every day I was in the space, there was never a day that felt the same. I am still amazed that I was part of this amazing experience so let me give you a run down of what my days were like. Sometimes during the day there would be a barbeque with live graffiti art taking place outside in the backyard, then in the evening you’d have a whole new crowd of young people listening to live music performances or milling about an art exhibition. I’d love it when there were talks from entrepreneurs who inspired young people to chase their dream’s, it’s reaffirming to know success is down to hard work and not letting go of your dreams. On the launch day of summer of somewhereto_ there was so much buzz happening, seeing Plan B (our Head Mentor) and Kay Davis our London ambassador showing respect and admiration for each other’s art and work was so dope, dope meaning something good and euphoric.
Then we had the Sunday market stalls, which were nice, we had people selling cool artwork, clothes, cupcakes and bubble tea…if you haven’t tried this, I suggest you do, one word LEGENDARY! It was really nice to be around this because we had young people who owned their own businesses in their own right, and I respect people who are just being themselves and selling their products. Most importantly because the space was FREE, they kept whatever money they made and that was such a good thing.
One of my highlights was when the SYCO auditions took place, you witnessed young musicians, some after their auditions and others waiting to audition just sitting in the somewhereto_ space having a improvisation jamming session, singing lyrics “today was a good day” and shouting out “somewhereto”…now that blew my mind. I had to join in even though my voice was not in tip-top shape after suffering a cold, but I am well now for whoever is reading this.
Overall this has changed my life, somewhwereto_ and Livity are cool as ever, and it has made me realise that all I want to do is be creative, be around creative people and help mentor creative people. If I can have a job which allows me to do this, then I will be happy forever.
This is Kingsley Zah, over and out. “Hard work, makes the dream work” I’ve always wanted to say that LOL.
Peace and Love.
Big ups to Kingsley for his hard work over summer of somewhereto_ and his dedication to making the project such a big success. Want to get involved yourself? Check out somewhereto.com and have a look at what’s going near you!