MLK, Jr. 2018
Martin Luther King, Jr. probably never wore camo, but the Buy the Camo team thinks he would have appreciated the modern fashion statement. Perhaps it’s a grandiose notion, but the fashion of camouflage is a sort of unifying pattern worn by both the homeless and the homebodies, the nobody and the notorious, the soccer mom and the superstar. It’s almost the fashion representative of a “beautiful symphony of brotherhood.”
Camouflage fashion is a great equalizer, bridging the masculine and the feminine, the casual and the formal, the poor and the rich. It’s a pattern found at Walmart, JCPenny, Nordstrom, and even on the runways of fashion week in Paris or Milan. And, unless a Supreme™ or Gucci™ logo is painted across the front, most people cannot tell where your camouflage garb came from, making it a universal yet incredibly distinct pattern worn by people of all walks of life.
Modern camouflage is also an experiment in embracing diversity, moving away from traditional greens, blacks, and browns and embracing variations of bright colours, monochromatic hues, and even unique shapes, swirls, or images within the patterns. New camouflage makes the wearer stand out rather than cloaking them while, at the same time, connecting wearers across socioeconomic status. Camouflage brings together color and pattern to create a unique fashion experience connecting people from all walks of life, age, financial status, education, or level of employment.
So, why do we wear camouflage? Is it because it’s cool? Is it because it’s trendy? Is it because camouflage reminds us of those brave men and women of our military offering the “security of justice”? Camouflage is something different for everyone who wears, designs, or models it and, perhaps, camouflage lovers subconsciously embrace a militant pacifism fashion statement. MLK, Jr. was one of the most famous pacifists, intent on bringing equality to African Americans through peaceful means, famously saying,
For MLK, Jr., equality was a thing of dreams, but for the team at Buy the Camo, equality is a thing of beauty.
On Monday, January 15, 2017, we honor Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life work, achievements, and lofty dreams. He saw the United States, not as what it was -- a divided, racially unjust, and often violent nation --, but what it could be: a country full of dreams “deeply rooted in the American dream” of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. As we enter into a new year full of uncertainty, strife, and discord, we still hold tight to that same dream MLK, Jr. spoke about almost 55 years ago. In 1963, MLK, Jr. said the year “is not an end, but a beginning.” Just like 1963, 2018 is also a beginning, where “there will be neither rest nor tranquillity. . . until the bright day of justice emerges.” Justice does not walk alone and the team at Buy the Camo will dream of justice with MLK, Jr. and try to keep faith that, one day, we will all become equals.