In college, students are able to make a name for themselves, discover who they are and thrive. Here at Penn State, one of our own takes college opportunity a step further.
Daba Kora, founder of the clothing line Purple Planes, released his winter collection last night at Chrome Bar & Hookah Lounge, 222 W Beaver Ave.. A crowd of Kora’s friends and fans came out to witness the release of his new collection. Many were excited for the winter release of Purple Planes’ second line.
One of the clothing company’s fans, Courtney Neal (junior - broadcast journalism) said that she was extremely excited for the release.
“I think the line is very stylish for the college man and the working man,” Neal said,
The members of the company were excited for the winter release as well.
Quamayne “Rocky” Collins(junior - marketing) said that Purple Planes’ agenda is to bring awareness to a national level.
In expanding the line, Collins said that the line is experiencing growth.
“We’ve been in the Charlie Mac Celebrity Weekend Fashion Show for the past two years,” Collins said. “ It’s nice when celebrities come out and appreciate it.”
As well as the Charlie Mac fashion show, Delilah Cruz, (senior - international media studies) Purple Planes’ Executive Director said that the line has managed to be featured in Critique Magazine and several blog features.
This unique clothing line is one that is unparalleled to major brands previously established, Kora (junior - business management) said.
“Everything is made from scratch,” Kora said. “I hand create all the designs, along with the co-designer, Keri Atwell.”
Along with the originality of the clothing, the meaning of each piece is unique.
“There’s a story behind each piece and behind the name of the line Purple Planes,” he said.
His favorite color being purple, Kora said that when he was a child, he had a fear of planes. But once he overcame his fear of planes, he felt as though “the sky was the limit.”
“So when people wear the clothing I want them to feel like they can accomplish anything,” Kora said.
The slogan of Kora’s second collection, “Determined,” also includes meaning.
“With the high success of selling out the first collection we were determined to make this collection better than the last,” he said.
Purple Planes’ winter collection is similar to street wear with an elite edge. From tribal patterns to simple chic design, this moderately priced brand is on the rise, Neal said.
Kora’s winter collection includes jackets, hoodies, sweatshirts and a variety of tee shirts showcased around America, including Chicago, New York and California.
Look for Purple Planes on their website purpleplanesco.com or in March, with the release of their spring collection, featuring hats and the possibility of a woman specific line.