Cultural blending is the name of the game in almost all pursuits these days and clothing is definitely an important part of that. From shirts and blouses to all types of shoes, the aesthetic flavors of far away lands influences all of us, no matter where we live.
As we endeavor to become specialists in African, Caribbean, Cajun, and Creole-influenced apparel we have an obvious passion for the evolution of this trend. For example, the African dashiki first hit the United States as part of the wave of Pan-African awareness that swept the U.S. during the late 1960s and early 1970s in the wake of the Civil Rights movement. The look managed to outlast that other famed upper-body artifact of the seventies, the Nehru jacket, and has become gradually integrated into countless looks, including hospital scrubs worn by doctors, nurses, technicians and others in countless hospitals and clinics around the world.
Of course, the U.S. has itself been tremendously influential in world fashion. Thanks to vulcanized rubber inventor Charles Goodyear, America is the home of the rubber sole and therefore the great American sneaker (called "trainers" in the U.K. and "canvers" in Nigeria, among countless other regional names). The sneaker, of course, is the father of all kinds of other athletic, casual and work footwear, including high quality nursing shoes. America is also
the home the world's most iconic pants, blue jeans.
The next time you see a dreadlocked Danish-born hospital orderly wearing a Kangaroo cap, dashiki scrubs, and vulcanized rubber nursing shoes, you'll realize just how global clothing has really become.