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Abou Naddara T sky blue

Abou Naddara T sky blue

35 USD
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Every shirt is cut & sewn by hand in downtown Los Angeles, made using 10oz American milled french terry cotton. We recommend sizing up if you want a very oversized look as the shirts were given a Japanese cut so they do not go below your bottom.

The graphic on this shirt comes from an issue of Abou Naddara, a late 19th century satirical newspaper founded by an Egyptian-Italian Jewish writer and nationalist named Yaqub Sanua [1839-1912]. Abou Naddara (literally Father of Glasses) started in Cairo when Sanua, spurred on by fellow intellectuals Mohammad Abduh and Jamal al-din al-Afghani, anonymously published a series of anonymous pieces in which he obliquely criticized the khedival government ruling Egypt at the time. These pieces — written in a comical, sketch-like format informed by Sanua’s previous involvement in the theater — enjoyed some acclaim and ultimately inspired him to formally establish Abou Naddara as a weekly periodical in March of 1877.

 

Not before long, Khedive Ismail suppressed Abou Naddara as a revolutionary paper and Sanua was exiled to France in June of 1878. Sanua, unfazed, continued to produce Abou Naddara abroad, printing upwards of 5,000 copies per issue in Paris’ second arrondisement. The zine-like publication featured an array of texts : political cartoons drawn by Sanua himself, with French captions ; bits of dialogue or jokes written in colloquial Arabic ; polemics penned in classical Arabic railing against the khedive’s bloated spending, the British occupation of Egypt.

 

At only four pages, Abou Naddara issues were small enough to be concealed between other documents and smuggled into Egypt, where they were widely available and regularly reached subscribers. Every week issues would be read aloud to large crowds on corners & coffee shops across the country. Memoirs of Egypt from the late 19th century attest to its immense popularity. One British observer, writing in the 1870s, wrote that Abou Naddara  “was in every barrack, in every government office … in every town and village it was read with the liveliest delight.”

 

Looking back at issues — many of which have been digitized and span three decades, until 1910 — Abou Naddara remains provocative. Taken together, Sanua’s political critiques, elegant illustrations, and colloquial dialogues are an arresting meeting of high and low culture, traditional and vernacular literary forms. And while Sanua routinely downplayed Abou Naddaramerely as “a thing to be laughed at,” the paper’s slant and tone suggest a deeper side to the story. His newspaper was revolutionary, in retrospect, precisely because it could present biting satires of the day’s many political & economic injustices in an engaging, informal format — one that was orally transmittable (and thus truly addressed) to the mostly illiterate Egyptian masses. This wide-ranging audience, coming to grips with their collective identity, would eventually form the backbone of the nationalist uprisings led by Ahmed Urabi and others that sought an end to khedival rule & European imperialism, an Egypt for Egyptians (Masr lil Masriyeen)


Abou Naddara T gold

Abou Naddara T gold

35 USD
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Every shirt is cut & sewn by hand in downtown Los Angeles, made using 10oz American milled french terry cotton. We recommend sizing up if you want a very oversized look as the shirts were given a Japanese cut so they do not go below your bottom.

The graphic on this shirt comes from an issue of Abou Naddara, a late 19th century satirical newspaper founded by an Egyptian-Italian Jewish writer and nationalist named Yaqub Sanua [1839-1912]. Abou Naddara (literally Father of Glasses) started in Cairo when Sanua, spurred on by fellow intellectuals Mohammad Abduh and Jamal al-din al-Afghani, anonymously published a series of anonymous pieces in which he obliquely criticized the khedival government ruling Egypt at the time. These pieces — written in a comical, sketch-like format informed by Sanua’s previous involvement in the theater — enjoyed some acclaim and ultimately inspired him to formally establish Abou Naddara as a weekly periodical in March of 1877.

 

Not before long, Khedive Ismail suppressed Abou Naddara as a revolutionary paper and Sanua was exiled to France in June of 1878. Sanua, unfazed, continued to produce Abou Naddara abroad, printing upwards of 5,000 copies per issue in Paris’ second arrondisement. The zine-like publication featured an array of texts : political cartoons drawn by Sanua himself, with French captions ; bits of dialogue or jokes written in colloquial Arabic ; polemics penned in classical Arabic railing against the khedive’s bloated spending, the British occupation of Egypt.

 

At only four pages, Abou Naddara issues were small enough to be concealed between other documents and smuggled into Egypt, where they were widely available and regularly reached subscribers. Every week issues would be read aloud to large crowds on corners & coffee shops across the country. Memoirs of Egypt from the late 19th century attest to its immense popularity. One British observer, writing in the 1870s, wrote that Abou Naddara  “was in every barrack, in every government office … in every town and village it was read with the liveliest delight.”

 

Looking back at issues — many of which have been digitized and span three decades, until 1910 — Abou Naddara remains provocative. Taken together, Sanua’s political critiques, elegant illustrations, and colloquial dialogues are an arresting meeting of high and low culture, traditional and vernacular literary forms. And while Sanua routinely downplayed Abou Naddaramerely as “a thing to be laughed at,” the paper’s slant and tone suggest a deeper side to the story. His newspaper was revolutionary, in retrospect, precisely because it could present biting satires of the day’s many political & economic injustices in an engaging, informal format — one that was orally transmittable (and thus truly addressed) to the mostly illiterate Egyptian masses. This wide-ranging audience, coming to grips with their collective identity, would eventually form the backbone of the nationalist uprisings led by Ahmed Urabi and others that sought an end to khedival rule & European imperialism, an Egypt for Egyptians (Masr lil Masriyeen)


Abou Naddara T pink

Abou Naddara T pink

35 USD
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Abou Naddara T pink
35 USD
Every shirt is cut & sewn by hand in downtown Los Angeles, made using 10oz American milled french terry cotton. We recommend sizing up if you want a very oversized look as the shirts were given a Japanese cut so they do not go below your bottom. 

The graphic on this shirt comes from an issue of Abou Naddara, a late 19th century satirical newspaper founded by an Egyptian-Italian Jewish writer and nationalist named Yaqub Sanua [1839-1912]. Abou Naddara (literally Father of Glasses) started in Cairo when Sanua, spurred on by fellow intellectuals Mohammad Abduh and Jamal al-din al-Afghani, anonymously published a series of anonymous pieces in which he obliquely criticized the khedival government ruling Egypt at the time. These pieces — written in a comical, sketch-like format informed by Sanua’s previous involvement in the theater — enjoyed some acclaim and ultimately inspired him to formally establish Abou Naddara as a weekly periodical in March of 1877.

 

Not before long, Khedive Ismail suppressed Abou Naddara as a revolutionary paper and Sanua was exiled to France in June of 1878. Sanua, unfazed, continued to produce Abou Naddara abroad, printing upwards of 5,000 copies per issue in Paris’ second arrondisement. The zine-like publication featured an array of texts : political cartoons drawn by Sanua himself, with French captions ; bits of dialogue or jokes written in colloquial Arabic ; polemics penned in classical Arabic railing against the khedive’s bloated spending, the British occupation of Egypt.

 

At only four pages, Abou Naddara issues were small enough to be concealed between other documents and smuggled into Egypt, where they were widely available and regularly reached subscribers. Every week issues would be read aloud to large crowds on corners & coffee shops across the country. Memoirs of Egypt from the late 19th century attest to its immense popularity. One British observer, writing in the 1870s, wrote that Abou Naddara  “was in every barrack, in every government office … in every town and village it was read with the liveliest delight.”

 

Looking back at issues — many of which have been digitized and span three decades, until 1910 — Abou Naddara remains provocative. Taken together, Sanua’s political critiques, elegant illustrations, and colloquial dialogues are an arresting meeting of high and low culture, traditional and vernacular literary forms. And while Sanua routinely downplayed Abou Naddaramerely as “a thing to be laughed at,” the paper’s slant and tone suggest a deeper side to the story. His newspaper was revolutionary, in retrospect, precisely because it could present biting satires of the day’s many political & economic injustices in an engaging, informal format — one that was orally transmittable (and thus truly addressed) to the mostly illiterate Egyptian masses. This wide-ranging audience, coming to grips with their collective identity, would eventually form the backbone of the nationalist uprisings led by Ahmed Urabi and others that sought an end to khedival rule & European imperialism, an Egypt for Egyptians (Masr lil Masriyeen)


Tunic

Tunic

160 USD
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Tunic
160 USD
My re-imagination of a traditional Qamis or tunic , a short sleeved shirt worn in Greater Sham. For this tunic I took inspiration from our Southern California lifestyle added with the need for urban mobility in & out of an office to an after party or the beach. This tunic was handmade in Los Angeles using linen from Japan. We dipped the linen into both light blue and dark purple tubs of natural dye for an added contrast to the natural linen.
Kamis

Kamis

180 USD
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Kamis
180 USD
My re-imagination of a traditional [Q]amis worn in Greater Sham . It's a little longer than your regular shirt and will go down around mid thigh so it can also be worn as a dress. The Kamis is handmade at a small factory in downtown Los Angeles with linen from Japan. We dipped this shirt into a tub of either light blue or dark purple dye which shakes up the natural linen used for these shirts.
S/S Oxford Black

S/S Oxford Black

150 USD
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S/S Oxford Black
150 USD

Our short sleeve Oxfords feature a traditional Sham Collar with a covered top button and an extended length at the bottom. Made with American milled oxford cotton naturally dyed Black and made here in LA





Model's are wearing:

Girl : Small and 28 waist
Guy : Medium and 32 waist
Black Raglan Tunic

Black Raglan Tunic

100 USD
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Black Raglan Tunic
100 USD
A tunic made with fine french terry from Japan. The sleeves go to just before your wrists, making it a little longer similar to a raglan shirt. Naturally died in Black, featuring two side pockets hidden within the side seams. Can be worn as a dress as well. Made here in LA

Model's are wearing:

Girl : Small and 28 waist
Guy : Medium and 32 waist
Navy Raglan Tunic

Navy Raglan Tunic

100 USD
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Navy Raglan Tunic
100 USD
A tunic made with fine french terry from Japan. The sleeves go to just before your wrists, making it a little longer similar to a raglan shirt. Naturally died in Navy, featuring two side pockets hidden within the side seams. Can be worn as a dress as well. Made here in LA

Model's are wearing:

Girl : Small and 28 waist
Guy : Medium and 32 waist
Grey Raglan Tunic

Grey Raglan Tunic

100 USD
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Grey Raglan Tunic
100 USD
A tunic made with fine french terry from Japan. The sleeves go to just before your wrists, making it a little longer similar to a raglan shirt. Naturally died in Grey, featuring two side pockets hidden within the side seams. Can be worn as a dress as well. Made here in LA

Model's are wearing:

Girl : Small and 28 waist
Guy : Medium and 32 waist
Olive Raglan Tunic

Olive Raglan Tunic

100 USD
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Olive Raglan Tunic
100 USD
A tunic made with fine french terry from Japan. The sleeves go to just before your wrists, making it a little longer similar to a raglan shirt. Naturally died in Olive, featuring two side pockets hidden within the side seams. Can be worn as a dress as well. Made here in LA

Model's are wearing:

Girl : Small and 28 waist
Guy : Medium and 32 waist
S/S Black Terry Tunic

S/S Black Terry Tunic

80 USD
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S/S Black Terry Tunic
80 USD
A tunic made with fine french terry from Japan. Naturally died in Black, featuring two side pockets hidden within the side seams. Can be worn as a dress as well. Made here in LA

Model's are wearing:

Girl : Small and 28 waist
Guy : Medium and 32 waist
S/S Navy Terry Tunic

S/S Navy Terry Tunic

80 USD
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S/S Navy Terry Tunic
80 USD
A tunic made with fine french terry from Japan. Naturally died in Navy, featuring two side pockets hidden within the side seams. Can be worn as a dress as well. Made here in LA


Model's are wearing:

Girl : Small and 28 waist
Guy : Medium and 32 waist
S/S Olive Terry Tunic

S/S Olive Terry Tunic

80 USD
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S/S Olive Terry Tunic
80 USD
A tunic made with fine french terry from Japan. Naturally died in Olive, featuring two side pockets hidden within the side seams. Can be worn as a dress as well. Made here in LA

Model's are wearing:

Girl : Small and 28 waist
Guy : Medium and 32 waist
S/S Grey Terry Tunic

S/S Grey Terry Tunic

80 USD
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S/S Grey Terry Tunic
80 USD
A tunic made with fine french terry from Japan. Naturally died in Grey, featuring two side pockets hidden within the side seams. Can be worn as a dress as well. Made here in LA


Model's are wearing:

Girl : Small and 28 waist
Guy : Medium and 32 waist
S/S Oxford Light Blue

S/S Oxford Light Blue

150 USD
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S/S Oxford Light Blue
150 USD
Our short sleeve Oxfords feature a traditional Sham Collar with a covered top button and an extended length at the bottom. Made with American milled oxford cotton naturally dyed Light Blue and made here in LA


Model's are wearing: 

Girl : Small and 28 waist
Guy : Medium and 32 waist
Sofia Dress Shirt

Sofia Dress Shirt

300 USD
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Sofia Dress Shirt
300 USD
The Sofia is not your traditional dress shirt. Made with Irish linen featuring a traditional band collar and covered buttons that curve down to the left on the front. There are also hidden pockets on the side seams for added storage.The overall fit is loose and we recommend sticking to your most commonly purchased size.  



Model's are wearing a size small