Ciesay of Places+Faces: Linking Global Communities

Spotlight on Ciesay, co-founder of global lifestyle platform and brand, PLACES+FACES

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Homecoming Voices: Ciesay (Places+Faces) (2019)Original Source: Homecoming Festival

Meet Ciesay who is the co-founder of global lifestyle platform and brand, PLACES+FACES

Ciesay (2019)Original Source: Homecoming Festival

Imran Ciesay (best known simply as Ciesay) is the founder of global lifestyle brand, PLACES + FACES. With its beginnings as a photography blog, Ciesay first began to use PLACES+FACES as a platform to navigate live shows and parties. Armed with his camera, he captured the likes of A$AP Rocky and Kanye West, alongside a generation of young club kids.

Ciesay (2019)Original Source: Homecoming Festival

The PLACES+FACES name has evolved into a brand in its own right, with a stream of apparel drops, as well as remaining the collective force behind international parties, events, exhibitions and collaborations with likeminded global partners.

Here Ciesay tells us why Lagos is so exciting

Ciesay (2019)Original Source: Homecoming Festival

How did you get your start in the creative world?
We started in 2013, myyself and my partner Solomon, we started as photographers. And we were just travelling, shooting the favourite artists that we like. And from there we started making clothing, started throwing events.

Guys at Homecoming Festival (2019)Original Source: Homecoming Festival

What is exciting about Lagos right now?
I feel like the streetwear scene is pretty strong. Anyone who has access to the internet can create their own brand and change their life. It’s not necessarily about being in one specific place anymore, it doesn’t really matter necessarily where you’re from, but everyone builds a community.

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Founded in 2017, Homecoming is an annual festival of cultural exchange between Africa and the world. Held in Lagos, Nigeria, Homecoming puts a spotlight on African talent – from its up and comers to its biggest stars in Music, Fashion, Art, and Culture. Beyond the annual festival moment, Homecoming focuses its efforts on uniting a global community of musicians, artists, designers and creatives, through collaborations and partnerships between these trailblazers and international brands, institutions and thought leaders.


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Homecoming thanks Ciesay for his involvement in making this exhibit happen!

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