May 30, 2019 | By Louise Squire
Ricardo Campa is a Mexico City storeowner and street culture veteran who is a pivotal figure in bringing Mexico into the increasingly relevant conversation where streetwear, youth culture, and high fashion are converging.
The proprietor of stores Headquarter and Kamikaze, where accessible skate-inspired lines and street-ready decks share shelf space with covetable labels like NEIGHBORHOOD, Stampd, and White Mountaineering, he also has a mission to reconcile Mexico’s artisan handcraft traditions with modern sensibilities.
Campa previously explored Mexican handcraft and embroidery with Rage Handcraft, a line of objets d’art that covered human and animal skulls, skateboard decks, and replica weapons with intricate beading. Now, Campa takes that concept to leather with NÁMENK.
NÁMENK’s debut collection, titled “Sorcerers of the Tribe,” references the “sorcerers” of the tribes Campa partners with to produce the intricately patterned leather goods. These artisans are devoted to the process and have perfected their craft through years of painstaking practice. The hope is that by reconciling these traditions with modern luxury goods like luggage and wallets to more extravagant show pieces like punching bags and skate decks, they can be preserved for the future.
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