I’ve never been more excited about a design to date. An ode to the Queens of my life: my mother ‘n soul (Spade), my elder sis ‘n best friend (Heart), and two younger sisters ‘n hearts (Diamond + Club). Four Queens are hard to beat! I have lived with four of the kindest, most caring and gentle while at the same time with the most intelligent, strongest and creative women on this planet. I’ve also been blessed with some pretty amazing women-friends. So this is for them, them, them and them….and for all the Queens in all our lives!
Growing up I had an infatuation with this…Nefertiti, this Queen of Egypt.
I’ve written many a poem and dreamt many a dream of Queen Nefertiti. Anytime i’ve seen an image, read a story or heard her name spoken, i’m transported back to the time of the Pharaohs and can imagine her standing alongside her Pharaoh and then eventually seated on the Throne herself….in all her wisdom and beauty. Celebrating her and what she stood for has been a passion project of mine.
And so, Studiiyo23 presents our newest and perhaps most meaningful design to date: The “Bigger Than Kings” crew neck sweater. The iconic Queen Nefertiti takes center stage as a symbol of eternal beauty and strength for all women. Not only female, but a Queen of Ancient Egypt and to some, a Pharaoh in her own right. Her ancient name means: “The Beautiful One Has Arrived”. Then, and now, she has been proclaimed to be the most beautiful woman in the world. Her virtues were not only skin deep however….
Together with her man, the Pharaoh Akhenaten, they launched the first religious revolution in history in which they abandoned the traditional gods of Ancient Egypt and proclaimed to worship the only One true God, the Sun God “Ra”. No more god of the cow and god of the river and snake and monkeys and stuff….naw baby, Ra reigned supreme!
Below the bottom half of the center circle you’ll find “Studiiyo23” written in the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic alphabet.
You know, i’ve been blessed to have had the opportunity to travel to thirty-one countries around the world. Along the way i’ve met and gotten to know some pretty amazing women, from some in the largest cities of the world to ones in the harshest and most poverty stricken, off the map places on the planet. I’ve learned that sometimes a woman’s worth is taken for granted and well, that’s a shame. So I hope you join us in paying homage to all the strong, beautiful and courageous women in all our lives. The backbone of any and every society, we must always remember women truly are “BIGGER THAN KINGS”.
We at Studiiyo23 have a passion for design that inspires thought and discussion. The common link is that each piece tells a story. Sometimes explicitly and other times it’ll sneak up on ya and kick you in the ass! Yeah, you just might NOT like that sometimes. But ride with us and we guarantee you’ll have fun, travel the world, and be exposed to some new, differently fresh shit! And you’ll soon find that Everything…has a Story…
Purchase from S23 Shop here: Bigger Than Kings Crew