Tribe NYC, The '90s Fashion Collective, Dresses Like It's Throwback Thursday Every Day Of The Week
If you consider yourself a relic of the '90s and still rate Fresh Prince of Bel Air amongst your favorite sitcoms, throwback fashion and art collective Tribe NYC may be your cup of tea. ELLE.com reports that Tribe NYC is composed of twenty-something visionaries who quite literally use clothing to express their personalities. It seems that the '90s never really went out of style, and the Tribe NYC collective-meets-clothing-brand is its modern time capsule.
According to Tribe NYC's website, the collective delights in the art, culture, and fashion of the '80s and '90s. Though the group is hardly the only one to revive '90s fashion forms over the past several years, Tribe NYC is one of the most earnest. The site's collage-like, image-heavy homepage states, "TRIBE NYC is a group of talented young individuals from diverse backgrounds who embrace the history of black culture and true art through their fashion sense and personality."
Indeed, the group's aesthetic is immediately traceable to the eras in question. Journalist Olivia Fleming identifies Hip-Hop influences in the group's style, including heavily-patterned crop tops, loose-fitting, knee-grazing gym shorts, rainbow hue set against a white cloth background, and of course, white trainers. Though the group's email address is prominently displayed for anyone curious enough to send a message, Tribe NYC's seven founders and 26 additional members are more particular than they may appear at first glance.
Founding member Elijah "Kid Love" Pryor states that the key ingredient of the collective is its commitment to the experimental and pioneering attitude unique to the bygone era, stating, "There's no fresh perspective anymore. The Internet has spoiled us nowadays because you hear something 'new' all the time, but it's not really new. Back then the culture, the music, the self expression… it was fresh. Hip hop was still young, there was diversity and innovation. Embracing that whole era through our fashion sense, artistic style, and personality gives us a different vision. That's what I love the most about it."
Furthermore, Tribe NYC is not composed of the sort of perma-children who populated the New Girl episode "Neighbors." Rather, the collective is composed of individuals who utilize mindfulness and creative pursuits as a means to better approach adulthood while maintaining a sense of youthful ingenuity. With its thoughtful sense of nostalgia combined, supportive, communal atmosphere upholding friends and family ties, and its embrace of creativity, Tribe NYC may very well have the future all figured out.