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You may remember the Welcome to 25 Spring Fashion Show this past April that featured Black-owned brands on 25th street. Among the brands, was one in particular that has had their foot on the gas ever since! Republic of Greatmen, owned by Andre Miles and under the creative direction of Elijah Claiborne (Boog), has recently partnered with Rapper NLE Choppa who wore REPUBLIC (Allure Tech Flared Pants) overseas while shopping and performing his debut album in front of over 4,000 people. 

REPUBLIC New Flare, the brand’s latest drop, promotes comfort, rock style, art/culture, and more. These designs feature flared cuts, oversized pockets, old English fonts, large graphics, draw strings, lots of zipper detail, new women’s designs, and hand painted embellishments. 

What is REPUBLIC New Flare?

Elijah Claiborne: REPUBLIC New Flare is a catalog that displays versatility, flare, color, and creativity giving our customers and fans more of an aesthetic with each piece that is released. Our versatility allows us to create certain styles and concepts that identify with our growth. The New Flare is a staple; giving REPUBLIC a new look, a new feel, and a new style, with a luxury-comfort feeling. It is about creativity; creating pieces that are outside of the norm, displaying versatility, while giving the consumer options within each piece. The catalog is more rock mixed with culture, urban mixed with luxury, and art mixed with fashion. 

Can you describe the journey leading up to this new release?

EC: It’s been one of the best creative journeys that we have been on. Stepping outside of our comfort zone and seeing the customers react with enthusiasm and positive remarks to the premiere of the pieces displayed in this catalog from flared pants, to paint (art) on our clothing, oversized shirts, and better fabric is an amazing feeling. It shows that the creativity and growth in our brand is paying off. People wake up looking forward to our new releases. That shows me, as a creative director, that they respect us and value us as a brand. 

How did this collaboration with NLE Choppa come about?

EC: Through a mutual friend. He reached out expressing that NLE Choppa expressed interest in a particular set; our Quality Goods set, and would like it. We put a care package together and sent it. From there it has been major love from his team and himself towards us. 

Elijah Claiborne photo by @iamhiml
Elijah Claiborne, Creative Director/Marketing of Republic of Greatmen at the Welcome to 25th Spring Fashion Show. Photo by @voxeltheatre.
Photo by @catchthisflash
Photo by @catchthisflash
I support REPUBLIC because I like new start up streetwear brands. I love that they are Black owned. I want to support my people. 
NLE Choppa

There is a culture of rappers that only wear the most exclusive luxury pieces. There are also a number of rappers using their position as major influencers to the culture of streetwear as an opportunity to support their community. Rapper NLE Choppa does just that. NLE Choppa is a Memphis rapper popularly known for his song, “Shotta Flow” and his debut album, Top Shotta. He’s been seen wearing REPUBLIC while shopping and performing on tour. I had the chance to learn more about why he supports the brand. 

Why do you support REPUBLIC? 

NLE Choppa: I support REPUBLIC because I like new start up streetwear brands. I love that they are Black owned. I want to support my people. 

Is there anything specifically about the brand that you connect with?

NLE Choppa: I connect with the graphics and the quality. I love the streetwear aesthetic. 

How are your fans responding to the styles? 

NLE Choppa: My fans love my style. I switch it up a lot and I wear entry price points as well as luxury price points. I want my fans to connect with my style and be able to purchase things that they see me wear. 

How does what you wear align with performing in your experience? 

NLE Choppa: I work very closely with my stylist Miquelle West. We choose looks based off of what I am doing for the day and how I feel. I like to feel cozy and free with my clothing.

 

NLE Choppa, photo by Adam Debourne
NLE Choppa, photo by Adam Debourne
NLE Choppa, photo by Adam Debourne
NLE Choppa
We want people to know that the future of REPUBLIC looks bright, and will continue to grow into a global powerhouse fashion brand, that prides itself on comfort, luxury, details, style, color, flare, and creativity.
Andre Miles

I was first introduced to the REPUBLIC by my mother Mya D. Ajanku, fellow Dunbar Poet to CEO Andre Miles. And, personally, I admired the quality of the brand’s sweatsuits. While in the process of researching to develop a sweatsuit for my own brand, I asked Andre if he knew any quality vendors. Andre then shared the details with me and said, “I want you to win.”

There is a sort of gatekeeping mentality that many entrepreneurs have and to know the visionaries behind REPUBLIC move with a community mindset and abundance mentality means everything! 

What were the inspirations for this new line?

Andre Miles: The inspiration comes from wanting to showcase our talents to the world. I have always been an artist with a creative mind. Along with our creative director, Elijah A.K.A. Boog’s vision, I was able to create pieces that would be different but undeniable in this catalog to the fashion world. The goal is to showcase that we are expanding and growing to a brand that a lot of people value, respect, and feel as though will be the next big brand to break into mainstream fashion.

How does this line compare to your previous lines?

AM: It’s different! It is bold, fierce, creative, and artsygiving a plush look with a flared vibe, more oversize, more comfort, more flare, more options, more color… we love color. But most importantly, it is the best of the best in quality, and creativity. This collection is the collection that has everyone raving. From the first premiere until now, everyone believes in the aesthetic of this catalog along with the designs, and creativity.

What would you like people to know about the future of REPUBLIC?

AM: REPUBLIC is growing constantly, our consumers in Portugal, Mexico, California, and New York City are growing constantly. Being classified as an urban-luxury brand based out of Baltimore, in our opinion, is big. We are one of the most prominent brands in Baltimore City. After making the front page of the Baltimore Sun as a staple brand in Baltimore’s fashion hub; we want people to know that the future of REPUBLIC looks bright, and will continue to grow into a global powerhouse fashion brand, that prides itself on comfort, luxury, details, style, color, flare, and creativity. 

We want those who do and do not follow us to stay tuned, we have bigger news to announce soon! 

 

Andre Miles, the CEO of Republic of Greatmen at the Welcome to 25th Spring Fashion Show. Photo by @voxeltheatre.
Andre Miles, CEO of Republic of Greatmen. Photo by @iamhiml.

Pouring into the community that pours into you is extremely important and if you aren’t on the radar of Baltimore’s fashion scene I advise you TAP IN!!! 

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