Cassette Playa is the label of London-based designer Carri Mundane. Mundane studied at the University of Westminster, showing Cassette Playa collections as part of the MAN, the London menswear initiative, four times, beginning with A/W 2006.
The brand uses an rainbow of vivid clashing colours with a distinct New Rave feel to it. It primarily forms and reflects the air of excitement flooding through London's young and amazing.
In collaboration with Nike, a Cassette Playa Nike Blazer Premium was exclusively created and featured in her Spring/Summer 2008 show, to be released in selected international stores during late 2008. In July 2008 a series of portraits by Cassette Playa was featured in Exactitudes, an exhibition at Selfridges London and Mundaneï¿½s work was included in the 2008 ï¿½Fashion V Sportï¿½ exhibition at Londonï¿½s Victoria & Albert Museum.
Cassette Playaï¿½s collection is currently available at Dover Street Market in London, Colette in Paris, SlamJam in Milan, Seven New York and Side by Side in Tokyo.
Influenced by her subjects' art, Mundane has also cited several global traditions including '90s skater fashion, Japanese anime, African prints, neon, and '90s rave as influences in addition to animals, science and science fiction. She describes the CassettePlaya universe as "techno, primal, positive, tribal." Her use of paw print fabrics and "evil looking animal masks" led some to describe her fashions as having "a certain wrath-of-Technoticlan vibe.
M.I.A. (a tracksuit for "Galang", "Bird Flu," "Boyz"), Klaxons ("Atlantis to Interzone"), Dizzee Rascal, Late of the Pier, Patrick Wolf, Ruff Sqwad, Boy Better Know, Afrikan Boy