Pronounced : uni - ka - brand
Spelled : vnikabrand
Meaning: Latin, "one of a kind or the only one"
Vnikabrand is an NYC based lifestyle brand rooted in streetwear, skateboarding and high fashion. Founded in the fall of 2012 by graphic designer Wendell LaGuerre aka Akira Wendell, the idea behind the brand was to create clothing & apparel that sampled the urban progressive streetwear side of NYC while reflecting the laid back west coast feel of SoCal. Akira was born in Miami, Fla and raised in the LoHud (lower hudson) section of New York, where he grew up not having much. After briefly living in the Bronx where skateboarding and hip hop were prevalent, Akira began to express himself through music, graffiti and graphic design. It wasn't long till Akira decided to drop out of Fairleigh Dickinson University in NJ to pursue his dream of starting an authentic streetwear brand that reflected his life, and the interest of skaters like him.
Vnikabrand is and will always be a brand that speaks the language of the streets while pushing everyone to "Fly Higher." Going against the grain is what we do, so we encourage everyone to do the "impossible"
But most importantly
"Be who you are"