Strata was independent, run and owned by artists, released less than ten records and was established as an art gallery-come-live venue that started the first university Jazz music program to educate and create awareness following the Detroit riots of '67 and ’68. In 2010, DJ Amir Abdullah, known as one half of the DJ duo Kon & Amir was commissioned to create a lost youth culture exhibit for a Detroit online museum. He chose to celebrate Strata's huge impact by re–issuing their catalogue through his own label 180 Proof Records. Carhartt WIP have teamed up with him to create a little Strata clothing collection that plays with graphics and poster motives of the label. Check the full collection below including the story behind each individual design. The collection will get accompany by a Carhartt WIP Radio paper that features the story of Strata and more insights on Carhartt WIP Radio. You can grab it for free of charge at one of our stores. Furthermore DJ Amir mixed a special Carhartt WIP Strata Radio show and gave us a detailed interview on his work as a DJ and label manager. You can read it here.
S/S MUSICS T-SHIRT
All musics for all peoples is the original slogan taken from the 1974 Strata Catalogue, printed in its original font. As they put it back then: We hope you’ll come to trust Strata Records to present not only quality music of your favorite idiom, but to introduce you to the quality music of idioms that you have never experienced or cared for.
S/S HERBIE HANCOCK T-SHIRT
Original artwork for a Herbie Hancock show at the Strata Concert Gallery in Detroit, 1973. The venue at 46 Selden Street was the second home of the gallery from 1972 to 1974, after the first one opened in 1970 and had to close only one year later.
S/S JAZZ ARTIST T-SHIRT
Original artwork taken from a 1979 tour poster promo-ting an all-star show of Detroit Jazz artists at the Power Centre in Ann Arbour, amongst them Strata Records artist Leyman Woodward. The headliners of the show were Griot Galaxy, Sam Sanders & Visions and The Paradise Theatre Orchestra.
S/S JAZZ RENAISSANCE T-SHIRT
The Detroit Jazz Renaissance was a public project of the Allied Artists Association with the support of the Michigan Council of Arts and the Detroit Council of Arts. Started at the end of the 1970‘s in an effort to support the crumbling Detroit Jazz scene one of the main aims of the Jazz Renaissance was to find and even build new venues for the music to happen in. The logo is taken from a 1979 poster promoting a show of Detroit jazz artists, amongst them Strata Records artist Leyman Woodward.