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The Story Behind the Name “Tuff Gong”

Tuff Gong is not only a clothing label, but the world-famous recording studio where Bob Marley recorded his hits. The name is an homage to Marley’s roots. “You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice.” —Bob Marley What the Name “Tuff Gong” Means Robert Nesta Marley earned the title “Tuff Gong” for his fierceness as a street-fighter. It was a nod to the early Rastafarian leader Leonard “The Gong” Howell.  Another meaning of the nickname? In some Rastafari settlements it is customary for a convert to strike a gong hanging at the entrance way,...

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Ovadia & Sons and Bob Marley Family Collaborate for Spring 2019

Ariel and Shimon Ovadia of Ovadia & Sons teamed up with the Bob Marley Family to create a capsule collection inspired by the multi-faced and talented Bob Marley. Marley was a style and music icon, soccer player, and most importantly a true pioneer in using his voice to spread messages of love, equality, and justice. The collaboration launched on February 22, 2019. The Ovadias produced this collaboration to share their respect and appreciation for Marley, a one-man revolution who never failed to speak with conviction and truth. The lyrics from his song Zion Train, “don’t gain the world and lose...

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KAPITAL Collaborates with Cedella Marley on Talkin’ Blues Collection

  Los Angeles, CA- February 08, 2019- Iconic Japanese denim brand Kapital collaborates with Cedella Marley, daughter of Bob and Rita Marley on a new collection, Talkin’ Blues, inspired by Bob Marley’s iconic denim style, that will be exclusively available at H. Lorenzo in the US. The collection incorporates classic Marley iconography and motifs with Kapital’s tattoo-inspired embroidery and patchwork on selvedge denim workwear.  Following their first meeting in Spring 2018, KAPITAL’s designer KIRO Hirata and ZION ROOTSWEAR’s designer Cedella Marley found common ground in their storied familial background in denim, and their desire to innovate the industry for the next...

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Union Los Angeles x Tuff Gong at ComplexCon

Union Los Angeles creates amazing experiences in their booths at ComplexCon, and has also dropped some of the best product on the floor. Union’s limited-edition collaboration with Tuff Gong made its debut at the convention. The merchandise included vintage-inspired graphic T-shirts.

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Tuff Gong releases capsule collection with streetwear brand NOAH NYC

NOAH released their capsule collection with Tuff Gong in September 2018, following the Stussy release. Tuff Gong is a record label, studio and distribution company located in Kingston, Jamaica. Founded by Bob Marley in 1965, the name comes from Marley’s own nickname, which he earned as a teenager growing up in Trenchtown for his tough attitude. Bob Marley and Tuff Gong were at the center of the Jamaican music scene’s distinct organic style. This 11- piece collection shows off that style. Noah was given permission to access Tuff Gong logos in order to create this capsule collection. Encompassing tees and...

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