Grazia's guide to Sole DXB 2019

This year's Jamaican-infused event has got a lot to offer
Grazia's guide to Sole DXB 2019

Sole DXB is around the corner, literally, and the weekend event's roster is packed with exciting happenings.

So to make it easier for you (and for us tbqh) we’ve round up a list of must-sees if you're planning on going. 


First off you there’s a few talks with influential industry people, and that goes from music to design and fashion. Kerby Jean-Raymond, creative director of Pyer Moss - a brand that is about social justice, black empowerment and political activism - is going to be taking the stage for a talk on Friday and it’s something we’re definitely tuning into.

Then there’s Petra Collins, artist, model and photographer, more notably known for her close work with Gucci’s Alessandro Michele. She’s shot campaigns for Gucci, Adidas and Nordstrom to mention a few, and is famous for her New-Wave-Feminism movement. Petra will take the stage on Saturday. 

Friday 6th of December at 4:30 - 5:30 - Kerby Jean-Raymond moderated by Sharifa Murdock
Saturday 7th of December at 3:00 – 4:00 – Petra Collins moderated by Minya Oh aka Miss Info


Sole DXB is also introducing a marketplace for the first time this year, and it’s basically a place for new, independent brands to show their collections, limited editions and one-offs. Our highlights are @____selfi, a minimalist ready-to-wear brand from Cape Town; @reconstruct.collective, a design collective by five females; and @six5sixstreet, a sport and streetwear brand by an Indian brother-sister duo.

Vintage sneaker shopping

Sneakerhead or not, you might want to have a look at the collector's item Jordans, Air Force 1s and Air Max 90s on display during the festival. Archival pieces are for sale, but the display works as an exhibition itself with a timeline of the most historic footwear to date.


An integral part of Sole DXB is the music contribution, and this year it's headliners include some of the biggest artists in hip-hop, soul and reggae. Friday December 6 is headlined by Burna Boy for his first ever show in Dubai. Wu-Tang Clan headlines on Saturday 7. Then there’s Jamaican star Koffee, who is doing her first performance in this region, while Grammy-nominated Proteje will also be taking the stage on Friday. YBN Cordae, Dave East and Wiley are also performing. Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli will perform on Saturday whilst celebrating a 20th anniversary of their monumental collection.

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