Hailing from Sydney, Ghanaian-Australian artist Manu Crooks is tastemaker in all things music and fashion. Crook’s Instagram feed is a brief insight into his cult streetwear obsession. His own music is a curated selection of hits boasting laidback, rap sensibilities which will surely be the sound of Summer.
For the up-and-coming rapper, the turn of seasons has also sparked a fresh collaboration with 1800 Tequila. In turn, the premium spirit brand has emerged for a limited-edition collection where flavour meets fashion. Applying Crook’s laser sharp focus and eye for a good kit essential, he also joins formidable fashion force, Poppy Lissiman, to usher in a three-piece accessories capsule.
A nod to the 1800 Tequila catchphrase, “just refined enough”, wardrobe essentials arrive in the form of a black waist bag with silver chain detailing, bucket hat reading “Mood Forever” and the much-loved 6 panel cap. “I would pair some all black sneakers with the bucket hat, some dope black pants too. Something edgy and clean, a black t-shirt and jacket.”
Incorporating his life moto, “Mood Forever”, Manu says, “Mood Forever is meant to inspire, uplift, and challenge. To me it means reaching way past your potential but also the arduous journey, and the sheer determination to achieve something even when all the odds are stacked against you.”
“My style is indescribable” Manu tells ICON. “The drink though, is something refreshing to have when you first get to a bar, bit of a starter for the night.”
Try Manu’s CherrY CHILL
30ml 1800 Reposado
15ml Cherry Liqueur
2ml Vanilla Extract
15ml Simple Syrup
25ml Lemon Juice
1 Dash Angostura Orange Bitters
Shake all ingredients minus the cola, double strain over block ice into double rocks glass, top with cola. Garnish with Lemon Twist.
The 1800 Essential Artists three-piece collection is available via a digital pop up store, here, from December 1 and while stocks last. 1800 Tequila will be donating all profits made from this exclusive release to Scarf, a social enterprise transforming young lives via training, mentoring and paid work experience in the hospitality sector. Scarf is a not-for-profit organisation making employment opportunities more equitable for young people facing barriers to work; individuals seeking asylum, and those from refugee and migrant backgrounds who’ve been locked out of the job market.
To experience the full 1800 Tequila range, including Silver, Coconut, Reposado and Anejo, purchase online via danmurphys.com.au.
1800 Tequila promotes responsible drinking, for over 18’s only.