African Paradise Fashion Outlet

African Paradise Clothing Outlet is currently at a crossroads. With Kojo, the owners’ son, now in charge, this outlet store has the potential to change. The fellows showed Kojo various options for future design direction. Now it is up to him to decide what the next stage of African Paradise will be.


The Team

Christine Stoddard

Christine Stoddard is a Salvadoran-American writer, artist, and the founding editor of Quail Bell Magazine. Her work has appeared in the New York Transit Museum, The Huffington Post, the Queens Museum, PBS stations, the Poe Museum, Annmarie Sculpture Garden, and elsewhere. She is the author of ​Water for the Cactus Woman​ (Spuyten Duyvil Publishing), ​Hispanic & Latino Heritage in Virginia (The History Press), and other titles. Her work has been recognized by Artbridge, the Puffin Foundation, ​Folio Magazine​, and other organizations.

Koichira Tamura

Koichira Tamura is a graduate student in Urban Placemaking and Management at the Pratt Institute. Prior to coming to Brooklyn, he worked as a civil engineering consultant for the international firm Padeco in his home country of Japan. Before that, Koichira earned a B.S. in civil engineering and a Master’s in International studies from the University of Tokyo. His professional interests include transportation planning, feasibility studies, transportation, project planning, and spatial analysis. Koichira has been instrumental in helping the Flatbush Junction BID to design the plaza opening in Fall 2018.


Darkin Brown has extensive experience creating interactive environments across multiple platforms and has been teaching students graphic design for over a decade. Well versed in graphic, web, and interactive design, he also is an accomplished illustrator. Darkin has worked on countess websites, logos, and branding, as well as banner ads and interactive edutainment. This includes building hundreds of games teaching children multiple languages. Lately, Darkin has focused his graphic design skills on signage, awning design, and installations for local businesses in New York City.