COVER + SPECIAL FEATURE WITH NAZARENE AMICTUS

THE ART OF NAZARENE 

Nazarene Amictus is an unconventional luxury clothing brand for both man and woman, created by His Royal Highness Prince Iheanyi Njemanze of the Njemanze Royal Dynasty of the Eastern region in Nigeria. Nazarene Amictus clothing is influenced by clothing in Ancient Rome from early century BC.

Our Collections are created around significant events of early years of Christendom which shaped our way of life and spiritual truth during the ancient Roman rule; thus presenting itself as an ancient and modern realism based on ancient theme, innovation and biblical relevance. 

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THE PHILOSOPHY 

Nazarene Amictus philosophy is built on clothing in Ancient Rome and the handmade technologies available that these peoples mastered which led to the development of attire and fashion of many cultures. It is also built on the arts and craft philosophy in terms of design and style, which is likened to the story of the potter and the clay (JEREMIAH 18).

In similar fashion, our philosophy is inspired by the same philosophy or technique as that of the potter and the clay but with fabrics. The Nazarene style of clothing is powered by organic textiles such as sackcloth, linen, silk, velvet, wool, natural flax, amongst other choice textiles. 

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The Nazarene logo is synonymous with the ancient Roman Helmet” which represents the period in time or fashion era and the crucifixion nails that is captured in the alphabet “N” in Nazarene; thus reminding us of ancient Rome’s cruelty. Nazarene Amictus is trendy, smart, unique in style, exclusive and most of all exhumes a powerful aura when worn.

POWER OF NAZARENE

OUR CLOTHING STYLE IS EXTENDED TO ALL CLASSES OF PEOPLE BUT LIMITED TO THOSE WHO ARE BOLD AND FEARLESS AND TO THOSE THAT SEEK FASHION EXCLUSIVITY.

BY CREATING A CLASS TREE, IT BECOMES MORE DIFFICULT TO SATISFY MANY. EACH COLLECTION IS LIMITED TO 12 PIECES IN NUMBER AND THE CONCEPT OF EACH COLLECTION IS ONE OFF. PRE-ORDER IS AVAILABLE WITHIN THE SHORTEST TIMEFRAME. REPETITION OF DESIGNS AND FABRIC IS FORBIDDEN IN NAZARENE AMICTUS THUS MAKING RESEARCH AND ART DESIGN EXIGENT TOWARDS THE SELECTION OF FABRICS AND EXPRESSION OF DESIGNS.

The power of Nazarene Amictus is non-secular; offering in general clothes of limited productions that is never to be re-created or its fabric reused in later times. Nazarene garments are tailored properly for a select few and hand knitted or seamed to create jagged edges or a friction effect around the neck and sleeves thus producing a likewise ancient clothing of early century BC. 

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW X 33 MAGAZINE WITH Iheanyi Njemanze

Describe yourself as a designer and how did you start?

– I am like the Potter that forms and reworks vessels with Clay. A reference from the Book of Jeremiah Chapter 18 [KJV]

– I was experimental at the age of 14 but never really gave much thoughts to designing clothes at such deeper and commercial level till early 2017 when my attention of possessing such abilities was brought to me by a family friend. More like a call to action. 

How do you manage the creativity process exactly?

– I would say it’s divine. It is powered by my passion for things of the spirit. For me, it comes natural and every creative process is fueled by praise and service to God almighty. 

When did you land your first internship and what was the most valuable thing you learned from this experience?

– It will shock you that I have never been tutored or coached by anyone. I believe everyone has a natural gift from God and this I consider my gift. I practically taught myself but the teachings were derived from many inspiring elements associated with story’s and characters of the ancient times. 

What was your first job out of college, and how did you land that position? 

– I am currently a public servant with 21 years experience in public service. After college as a graduate of civil engineering, I started work with the Nigerian Government and went ahead to further my education in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution at Kings College London. 

What was the biggest rookie mistake you made when just starting out?

– Fortunately I haven’t recorded any. I thank God for that. 

What’s the main impact of social media in fashion industry in both ways, fashion buying and brand marketing? 

– I would say it has its advantages in terms of reach. It’s a world of dice where it could be a win-win or otherwise. You never know who is watching and who might be interested. What matters the most is the creativity and quality of work you put out. The downside is the false hope it presents cos many times, the praise and attention is only mere hope but in reality is 1-10% of hard work. This applies to both buying and marketing. 

What is your favorite and NON-favorite part about being part of the fashion industry?

– The runway for me is a total satisfaction and my favorite part. It’s like the arena and the models are the gladiators while the media and guests are the mob or citizens. 

– The non favorite part is the uncertainty that comes with whether you are or not getting the right exposure. 

Can you tell us how your brand makes a difference in fashion industry?

– I believe the philosophy that my brand is built upon is a huge difference; it is organic and rich with spiritual inspirations. It is not just a mere clothing, it is powered by ancient scriptural messages. 

What do you think is the biggest challenge for a fashion designer?

– Creating and finance. As a true designer, you can’t stop creating and the constant creating comes financing. 

Define sustainable concept nowadays in fashion industry in five words.

– Eco-friendly, durability, cross gender, timeless, daring.

How do you think sustainable can play an important role in fashion industry?

– It will encourage practicality with respect to the use and choice of materials and design concept.

What do you think about the opportunity of selling your collections online nowadays?

– Convenient and phony but it does again in my opinion, eliminate the shopping experience 

Imagine that you must write a letter yo your FUTURE SELF. What would you write?

– Live your truth.