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Sammy B S/S 2022: Small but we Tallawah

Published:Saturday | September 18, 2021 | 12:11 AM
The Sammy B Spring/Summer 2022 collection is called Small but we Tallawah
The Sammy B Spring/Summer 2022 collection is called Small but we Tallawah
Sammy B founder and designer, Samantha Black started designing the Small but wi Tallawah collection while on a trip to Jamaica in 2020.
Sammy B founder and designer, Samantha Black started designing the Small but wi Tallawah collection while on a trip to Jamaica in 2020.
Bun and Cheese is a Jamaican favourite that New Yorkers will now know about through the Small but wi Tallawah collection from Sammy B.
Bun and Cheese is a Jamaican favourite that New Yorkers will now know about through the Small but wi Tallawah collection from Sammy B.
The Small but we Tallawah collection highlights designer Sammy B’s love for The Rock and what it’s like to be an uber stylish woman in the City of Dreams.
The Small but we Tallawah collection highlights designer Sammy B’s love for The Rock and what it’s like to be an uber stylish woman in the City of Dreams.
The Spring/Summer 2022 Sammy B collection, dubbed Small but we Tallawah.
The Spring/Summer 2022 Sammy B collection, dubbed Small but we Tallawah.
Kingston gone body-con. A form fitting dress from the Small but we Tallawah collection.
Kingston gone body-con. A form fitting dress from the Small but we Tallawah collection.
A bathing suit from the Small but we Tallawah S/S 2022 collection.
A bathing suit from the Small but we Tallawah S/S 2022 collection.
Jamaican-American designer Sammy B always incudes her Jamaican culture in her designs.
Jamaican-American designer Sammy B always incudes her Jamaican culture in her designs.
Designer Sammy B started designing the Small but wi Tallawah collection as a mashup of dancehall, the calm she feels when in Jamaica and the vibe of New York.
Designer Sammy B started designing the Small but wi Tallawah collection as a mashup of dancehall, the calm she feels when in Jamaica and the vibe of New York.
A mesh dress from the Small but we Tallawah collection.
A mesh dress from the Small but we Tallawah collection.
Designer Samantha Black soaked up the sea breeze in Jamaica and was able to unwind and started designing pieces that she felt hot girls would appreciate.
Designer Samantha Black soaked up the sea breeze in Jamaica and was able to unwind and started designing pieces that she felt hot girls would appreciate.
A Jamaica flag bikini with a mesh dress from the Small but we Tallawah collection.
A Jamaica flag bikini with a mesh dress from the Small but we Tallawah collection.
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The Spring/Summer 2022 collection from Jamaican-American designer and Project Runway alumna Samantha Black, better known as Sammy B, is dubbed Small but we Tallawah, which is a take off the Jamaican saying “likkle but wi tallawah” and highlights the designer’s love for The Rock and what it’s like to be an uber-stylish woman in the City of Dreams.

Roused by both locations, the Jamaican inspiration represents “pride, originality, the vibrancy and, most of all, it’s the place my parents were born and grew up,” says Black as she adds that the New York aspect embodies, “the energy, the freedom and is a melting pot of people, culture and experiences”.

The stimulus for the collection began when Jamaica’s borders reopened during the pandemic in 2020, and she was able to visit the parish of Portland, her great-grandmother’s birthplace. Black soaked up the sea breeze and was able to unwind and started designing pieces that she felt hot girls would appreciate, and, having dressed Beyoncé before, it’s fair to say she knows what a hot girl likes. Think sensual, laid-back and uninhibited. She then merged those facets with what a New Yorker would wear, and the magic happened, mixing the love for her culture and where she lives with ease.

Has Sammy B always been into fashion, “Yes. My parents, grandmother, aunts and uncles were always into dressing and being presentable.” But has the pandemic changed people’s fashion choices? For that, Black says, “I don’t think it’s changed it at all; if anything, people aren’t saving their ‘good clothes’ for special occasions but wearing them for whatever.”