Hackney couple launch clothing line inspired by African-Caribbean men’s hairdressing

PUBLISHED: 20:27 17 June 2013 | UPDATED: 10:52 18 June 2013

Lakwena and Mark MacIver pose in the t-shirts they collaborated on

Lakwena and Mark MacIver pose in the t-shirts they collaborated on


A dynamic duo have launched a funky clothing and accessories line paying homage to African-Caribbean men’s hairdressing.

Fashion label Bros with Fros has been established by Mark MacIver, 28, and his artist wife Lakwena MacIver, 27.

It features drawings by Lakwena of popular haircuts that are regularly requested at Mark’s hairdressing salon, D&L’s in Hornsey Lane, Holloway.

Mark, who lives with his wife in Shacklewell Lane, Hackney, said: “I’m a barber and she’s an artist so it’s a collaboration of both our worlds.

“We both had different ideas. She came up with the name, which is a play on another business she was in called Girls with Curls.

“I had ideas about the haircuts and would take pictures of haircuts which are based on real people and their haircuts. She would then draw them.

“Because I’m a barber, I would tell her if something did not look right. I can’t draw but I would advise her to straighten lines etcetera.”

Although the couple first started to brainstorm and put styles together last year, they officially launched in February.

And the end result is not just a fashion line, it is also a sociology project.

Mark says: “We’re documenting where these haircuts came from and who started them.

“We’re proud of the hairstyles and happy to express our culture through hair and dress, and be proud it.

“It’s much bigger than a clothing line, it’s a brand. It’s a movement. It’s about being happy with who you are and what you’ve done.”

Bros with Fros is made up of t-shirts, sweat shirts and bags and features three key styles – the ‘high top’, ‘juice cut’ and ‘skinfade.’

Mark said: “Black hair-cuts were really experimental in the early 1990s.

“Rapper Tupac Shakur had a particular hairstyle in the film Juice. People would ask for that haircut after the film came out which is why it’s now known as the ‘juice cut’.”

“The high top, on the other hand, became became popular in 1990s after hip-hop star Kid’s haircut in cult movie House Party sported it.”

Although this is their first creative collaboration, art was initially the reason the couple, who met at the church they both attended in Dulwich, got together in the first place.

Mark recalls: “I had a birthday party and I invited her to it. At the end of my party she was telling me about her art and how she was doing shop signs. So I asked her to do the shop sign for my business.

“When she came, she told me there’s so much more to do and the walls were really plain. So I gave her artistic licence to do what she wanted. She spent two or three months painting a mural in my shop. That’s how we got together. I was paying to get an artist but instead I got myself a wife.”

He tells me the clothing line, which is sold online, at festivals and through the barber shop, is “doing well”.

He said: “People want to be different and be trend-setters.

“There’s a movement right now in London where all cultures seem open to what’s happening in other cultural backgrounds. I’ve seen Caucasian women wearing African dresses a couple of times in Dalston. People are buying into different foods and clothes from different cultures.”

“We want everyone to enjoy it and celebrate. Anyone can wear it – male and female; black and white.”

n. For more information, visit


Latest Hackney Stories

Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur 4 Liverpool 1

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger hailed Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil for the quality of their performances during his side’s 5-2 thrashing of Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday lunchtime.

Arsenal beat Everton 5-2 in Sunday’s lunchtime kick-off at Goodison Park after falling behind to a superlative goal from Wayne Rooney.

National League: Leyton Orient Macclesfield Town X1

Yesterday, 14:30

Spurs still have injury problems ahead of Liverpool match with Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele still on the sidelines

Yesterday, 10:30

The O’s head coach has a nice selection headache ahead of hosting the National League leaders

Yesterday, 10:09

Alexander’s eyes darted around as he spoke. He was young but had experienced a lot in his three decades.

“I was born in Belgrade”, he said. “I have never moved from my homeland. But I have lived in four countries in my life.”

Yugoslavia, Serbia and Montenegro as the Former Republic of Yugoslaiva, then Serbia and Montenegro, before simply Serbia.

Yesterday, 09:00

A City of London running event is breaking new ground with the launch of a crowdfunding campaign to help cover its costs.

Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists