EACH WEEK THIS MONTH, WE’LL BE HIGHLIGHTING ONE OF THE BLACK-OWNED BRANDS THAT WE CARRY AT WISH WHILE EXPANDING ON THE HERITAGE OF THEIR ARTISTIC EXPRESSION.
This week, the spotlight is on Edson Sabajo and Guillaume ‘Gee’ Schmidt’s Amsterdam-based clothing brand Patta.
Established in 2016 by Edson Sabajo and Guillaume ‘ Gee’ Schmidt, the Dutch label encourages inspiring collaborations, cultural crossover, and unconventional forms. Both were instrumental in the Dutch hip-hop and nightlife community in the ’90s and early 2000’s – Edson as a DJ and Gee as an MC and event host. The music-minded pair also had a shared obsession with hunting internationally for sneakers and records. They soon found themselves funneling a steady supply of gear from their travels, back home to their community in Amsterdam, which grew naturally into a business partnership. The brand is named after a slang term for “shoe” – a nod to the founders’ Surinamese heritage.
Their motto ‘Out of love and necessity rather than profit or novelty’ simplifies the brand’s ethos. With their community at the forefront of inspiration, they’ve always been motivated to showcase the talent surrounding them. Today, Patta is one of few internationally revered, black-owned streetwear brands and consists of a clothing line, Patta Soundsystem, Patta Running Team, and, most recently, the Patta Foundation focusing on youth cultural education.
Though Patta derived from humble beginnings, the brand has a hefty amount of projects under their belt from sneaker collaborations with household names like Nike, New Balance, Reebok, and Jordan, to collaborating with brands like Stussy and other Black-Owned Netherland-based fashion brands like Daily Paper and Filling Pieces, creating a local summer school, and partnering with Black Panther artist Emory Douglas, or dropping an EP with Conway The Machine and Alchemist. You might know Patta for clothes, but just making them has never been the mission.
Patta’s SS22 Collection aims to share ideas from Team Patta’s respective personal experiences, environments, and culture. Diving into intimate archives to create from a place of heritage – drawing inspiration directly from lived moments. The diversity within the collection is based on elements from their divergent youths.
In February and beyond, look for opportunities to shop Black-Owned, founded, & designed brands.