Art and fashion significantly influence society and community culture, and Younity Studios has tapped into that influence to enlighten, educate, and uplift as many as possible across communities. Established in Miami, Florida by renowned artist Hassan Abdul-Hakim, also known as Hallamoda – The Fashion, in 2019, the studio rode on the pandemic wave and the ensuing lockdown to project art and fashion in a different light.
Describing what the studio stands for and embodies, Hallamoda said, “Younity Studios embodies compassionate, purposeful ambition. Our sense of community is strong, and we strive for meaningfulness rather than personal success at the expense of one’s ethics and morals. We do this while embracing our imperfections and advocating for life’s balance and harmony. Our art brings people together and creates conversations that supersede people’s differences.”
Younity Studios set out to motivate people to persevere and keep working on innovative ideas and solutions that will stand the test of time. The studio’s work is in line with the founder’s goal and reputation that he has built over the years. Hallamoda – The Fashion is a well-known artist and designer born in Jamaica, New York. He’s very passionate about people who became who they are due to what life threw at them. It is why he delved fully into community work after he lost his younger brother Hanif to violence. Hallamoda, also known as Moda, has been involved in building his community through fundraising mural projects and after-school art programs. He has also been featured on NY1, PIX11, and the late RUN DMC in recognition of his work and efforts.
Moda has a number of brands to his name through which he contributes to the art world. One of them is TheOldBlack, which made its first big debut at Swizz Beats X Revolt TV and Barcadi’s Art Basel in 2015, where stylist Anaya Hayes wore the brand. Since then, he has attracted superstars like Lil Nas X, Rich the Kid, Doja Cat, OG Maco, and J.I.D. He also held his first group show at Art Basel in 2016 and continued to make giant strides in the art and fashion world.
With Younity Studios’ operations gradually getting into full swing, together with his partner, Aaren Sirak, Moda has announced that new interactive content will be released from the studio. The content lineup includes a web series titled Modavation and an NFT series with Black Dove, podcasts, and residencies at other galleries all over Miami. The studio’s grand opening is slated for fall this year, and in December, the studio will host a presentation in Art Basel, featuring a fashion showcase titled “Death Metal Barbie With Artist Chaos N Cream.”
Younity Studios aims to target contemporary art collectors, fashion influencers/boutiques, art dealers, stylists, gallery curators. In the five years, they aim to give people the chance to participate in the change they want to see in the world. “I hope everyone rekindles their hope and faith in humanity in an era of doubt and misinformation, get a broader worldview, return to a childlike sense of wonder, and get a better understanding of where contemporary art and fashion is today,” Moda said.