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African Accessory Designers Sunny Rose Intriguing Designs

[Image credit: Sunny Rose – CoutureLab] I don’t know what the exact inspiration behind the Sunny Rose bag designs currently on CoutureLab is, but for me I am reminded of sea creatures, and can’t help but think of graceful anemone and brightly coloured jellyfish floating amidst colourful coral reefs.

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Sseko Designs Uganda Fashionable Shoes Made In Africa 

Sandals that help turn dreams into reality. Designing shoes made in Africa Sseko Designs is a sandal making company based in Kampala, Uganda; enabling young women to earn money to then fund their dreams of achieving a university education. Sseko Designs was set up by Liz, an American, who visited Uganda after graduating college in 2008. Whilst in Uganda Liz met the young women of the Cornstone community who were receiving their education through the Cornstone Leadership Academy. From what I understand the Ugandan education system has a gap of nine-months between completing secondary school and entering university, this is intended to allow students […]

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Modern African Food The Khaya Cookie Company Tasty Treats

The annoying thing about cookies is that if they are tasty you can’t just eat one…and looking at the delicious offerings from The Khaya Cookie Company I think I should start running in the opposite direction because they look absolutely irresistible! Khaya cookies are handmade in the winelands of South Africa, using locally sourced ingredients. Working with the local community the freshest organic fruits come from local farmers and no preservatives are used, just natural healthy goodness. The Khaya Cookie Company has helped create jobs within the Drankenstein region of South Africa, assisting previously employed men and women to become not only […]

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Chichia London Feminine Eye-Catching African Print Fashion

Pattern and texture collide, through the colourful eye-catching prints that make up Chichia London’s pretty and youthful African print fashion collections. I just love the imagery of the ‘Made in Dar‘ Spring/Summer 2010 collection shown here… they give a beautiful vintage feel to the clothing. [Image credit: SS 2010 – Chichia London]

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Bella Luccè Luxe Natural African Skin Care Collection

Established in 2003 natural skincare company, Bella Luccè was born out of necessity, the need to find a natural approach to skin care after creator, Lela Barker’s older sister discovered tumors in her breast whilst still in her ‘20s. In a bid to find out why this had happened Lela’s research led her to the preservatives being used in cosmetics. After discovering that those dreaded ‘parabens’ were present in most of her beauty and skincare products Lela turned to alternative solutions from her local health and organic shops, but found that although healthier were uninspiring. [Image credit: Bella Luccè]

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  • This popular Africanisim beautifully illustrates the pioneering spirit of togethernes. It highlights how working and collaborating with others can propel you to new heights. Building a business rarely happens in isolation. Atelier Fifty Five seeks to to shine the light on African brands, and this includes extending a hand by sharing our knowledge and expertise to help African brands become the best they can be. So let us go together. Sign up to the Atelier Fifty Five Academy mailing list and join a community of ambitious creative business owners dedicated to creating brands that make their audiences sit up and take notice.⁣
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  • Preserving traditional skills the Kayla cushion by Frida 54 highlights the art of Tritik, a process of knotting and sewing that results in a variety of symmetric patterns. Handwoven with 100% cotton from the cotton mills of northern Cameroon the textiles are dyed with handmade dyes using ancestral techniques. [📷 credit: @frida_54 ]
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  • Infuse your interior style with the colourful elegance of African beaded necklaces courtesy of The African Woven Necklace light shade by @moderngesture. The design features graduating circular hoops each hand wrapped with colourful woven thread bands. Handcrafted in Cape Town, South Africa by designer Candice Lawrence, the lighting is available in the  Atelier Fifty Five shop. [📷 credit: @atelierfiftyfive]
  • Eight years ago I started a blog as a place to document the interesting things I was discovering with regards to the design and creativity emerging from Africa. From the moment I created my first blog post little did I know where the journey would take me. Fast-forward to present day I have not only been privileged to witness the development of an industry, but to also have an active role in creating awareness about it.

On this journey, I have seen Africa’s design industry grow from a handful of names from a handful countries to a continent wide-reach. Some names that were just starting out have become internationally respected leaders in their field, whilst behind them, a new generation of names are coming up and claiming their place in the industry.

To say that it is an exciting time for African design and creativity would be a gross understatement! We are in a time of rapid advancement and unbridled creative expression, that is setting the foundations and standards for future generations to build on. And like many other emerging industries in Africa, creativity is opening up opportunities to those who are willing to seize them. And seizing them designers are!

And as Atelier Fifty Five begins a new chapter it is an opportunity for me to renew my commitment to supporting the development of the African design industry and helping those I work with and write about, and work with to fulfill their potential for creating world-class brands. 
I invite you to visit our website to discover more. [Link in bio]

Tapiwa, Founder Atelier Fifty Five
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