81C will host a one-day pop-up for VI Fashion House ‘Items of Revelry’ and its designers

Articles by Revelry, Resort 2022 © Basil Rodericks 2022

81C will host a one-day fashion pop-up for fashion house Items of Revelry and its designers, Tynnetta McIntosh and Mat Probasco, from 5-10 p.m., Wednesday, April 27, in historic Charlotte Amalie.

Recently shown at Brooklyn Fashion Week, clothing from boutique brand Items of Revelry will be on display and on sale. Guests will have the opportunity to meet the creators, discuss their work and enjoy complimentary drinks. This event is also presented as a networking opportunity for artists and designers in the community.

Modes from Items of Revelry, Resort 2022 © Basil Rodericks 2022

During this pop-up, 81C will feature material on fabric and fashion in the West Indies and in the history of the Virgin Islands as part of its 2022 “Culture In Context” event series. Funded by the Virgin Islands Community Foundation, the purpose of the series of events is to teach the history and culture of the Virgin Islands through primary sources, secondary analysis and dialogue.

Designer’s statement: “Our pop-up shop is held specifically on Carnival food court day, a time we always love for its community gathering. That’s exactly what we try to do with Items of Revelry, bringing international fabrics to Western designs. We choose the fabric and cut of our models for everyday use in the Virgin Islands. Our shirts, pants, jackets and dresses are more than clothes; they are a party. – Matt Probasco

About Objects of Rejoicing (iOr): iOr sources its fabrics from around the world, sourcing as close as possible to the people who actually weave the fibers. Every inch of fabric is hand-selected from artisans in small batches, processed by the iOr team in-house, and carefully inspected for quality after manufacture. They make in small runs of 25-30 pieces per item, focusing on unique looks that customers won’t see anyone else wearing. In addition to elegance, Items of Revelry emphasizes durability: products are meant to last for many years with proper care.

Items of Revelry seeks conflict-free fiber producers, avoiding brands with poor labor and environmental practices. They use coconut shell buttons where possible to reduce plastic impact. iOr offers a discount on future purchases to anyone who returns torn or worn garments that can be taken apart and made into other products such as scarves, decorative pillowcases, etc.

Boat: Originating in Java, Indonesia, batik fabric is made by hand applying layers of dye-resistant wax to the fabric, applying a dye, then removing the wax and starting over. It is believed that Indonesians have been making batik patterns for 1500 years. iOr sources its 100 cotton batik fabric from Bali.

Fashion by Items of Revelry, Resort 2022 © Basil Rodericks 2022

Dutch wax: Also known as African Wax, this technique was probably introduced by Dutch traders inspired by what they saw in Indonesia. From country to country, region to region, person to person, drawings have become more than a beautiful pleasure, often carrying important cultural information. iOr collects these fabrics throughout sub-Saharan Africa as well as from European manufacturers. They eschew the made-in-China versions, though, which are often interwoven with polyester and unfortunate labor practices.

Printed block: Although the block printing process is remarkably simple, the designs can be boldly deep, even intricate. iOr sources its super lightweight, block printed cotton fabrics from artisans in Rajasthan, India.

Looks: the Trade Route Shirt may seem counter-intuitive: this is a long-sleeved shirt designed for very hot temperatures. Fear nothing. iOr has tested their garments in the field, from midday in the Arabian desert to humid summers in Hong Kong to the nightlife of Cruz Bay. You won’t sweat in these shirts. The Trade Route shirt features coconut shell buttons, both as a tribute to our islands and as a promotion of the sustainability we desperately need to support. The cotton fabric is hand printed in India.

So far, all iOr straight pants include names from the Virgin Islands. The Frenchman is a take on the French Town pant, evoking both the unique Frenchie culture of St. Thomas and Frenchman’s Reef. This luxurious pattern is a classic dressy/dressy look. No matter what you wear these pants – from the beach bar to the nightclub, from the ball game to the governor’s mansion – dignity and grace fit perfectly in your pockets.

the bsmall boat pants are wider than our classic pants. Based on classic painter’s trousers, the boater has more freedom in the thigh but is also slightly thicker in material than the straight leg. Imagine jumping from yacht to yacht to claim the Willie T, or turning heads at a Ritz Carlton event where, let’s face it, they’re lucky to have you.

Founders/Designers: Tynnetta McIntosh and Mat Probasco

The granddaughter of First City Court Judge VI Cyril Michael and educator Elizabeth Michael, Tynnetta grew up around the grounds and in Tutu, St. Thomas. She is also the granddaughter of Southern Ohio civil rights icons WS and Charline McIntosh. In the late 1960s, along with Tynnetta’s parents, JW and Elba McIntosh (née Michael), they opened the groundbreaking Black-power boutique House Of Knowledge. In 2021, Tynnetta addressed the Ohio Legislature when WS McIntosh was inducted into the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame.

A former Associated Press reporter for the Virgin Islands, Mat has worked for publications in Tortola, St. Thomas and Puerto Rico. In New York, Mat wrote and managed several magazines (including a publication in Mandarin without knowing how to speak or read the language). He is also the author of original screenplays and music for stage and screen. Mat was born and raised in Oregon and accidentally landed in Tortola on the evening of September 10, 2001, hours before the world would change forever.

While cleaning out the McIntosh house in Dayton, Ohio, Mat found remnants of fabric once sold to House of Knowledge. Tynnetta had challenged him to put his design ideas into practice, so Mat turned those scraps into pants. They were a huge hit in their neighborhood of Harlem and soon Mat and Ty were on the hunt for fabrics as they traveled the world with the idea of ​​bringing an all-encompassing aesthetic to Western designs. iOr was born.


81C – Downtown Charlotte Amalie. Strand Gade between the seafront and the market place. Just around the corner from Moe’s Grocery on the waterfront. Visit www.81CVI.com for a link to the map. Or google 81C Virgin Islands.

About 81C:

81C is an event venue and art gallery in historic downtown Charlotte Amalie. In addition to its in-house arts programs, the venue is available for rental for private and public events. To visit

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