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Bettye Muller African Print Shoes on Anthropologie

[Image credit: Bettye Muller] Just stopped by Anthropolgie online and came across African print shoes, covered platform espadrilles. Called ‘Reaching For Light’ the strappy shoes were designed by New York native Bettye Muller. Whilst the espadrilles are definitely African inspired, the silk print on the clogs, although not explicitly attributed to African print, still reminded me of wax cloth print. It is not the first time Bettye Muller has created African print shoes, followers of African fashion may be familiar with the wooden heeled wedges below from a previous collection a few years back. [Image credit: Bettye Muller] …and these equally gorgeous platform clogs with a […]

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Modern African Architecture A Home Built In Celebration Of Love

Building your own house is a dream for many and it is always so interesting to see what people come up with, spanning the range of beautifully inspired interiors to what were they thinking. Whilst browsing one of my favourite blogs – alifemorefabulous – I came across the stunning and innovative home of Ghanaian-born architect Joe Osae-Addo and was immediately struck by the abundant use of natural materials and how open, light and airy the space is. Osae-Addo’s home is a showcase of modern African architecture at its best. [Image credit: dwell/Dook – September 2007]

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Clutch Culture Textiles And African Print Bags

In the words of TLC ‘CrazySexyCool’ are words that come to mind when seeing Zimbabwean designer, Mo Handahu’s stylish creations. Her label Clutch Culture is a cornucopia of vibrant textiles and modern African print in the form of gorgeous batiks, colourful wax cloth, clashing colours and blooming florals all displayed across a trendsetting collection of clutch bags. [Image credits: Clutch Culture]

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ASOS Africa Fashion Collection Produced by SOKO Kenya

The Green Room is fashion retail giant ASOS’s platform for brands with a story to tell – those with a social or environmental ethos and includes ASOS Africa fashion collections, ASOS.com own brand creations, People Tree, Swedish Hasbeens and designer collaborations. Now in its third season the latest collection from ASOS Africa defines laid back style in a softer palette of neutral tones and warm rich colours, and is a departure from the signature bold prints and colours used in previous collections. Made from linens and hand-woven fabrics with flashes of Kitenge fabric from Tanzania, the collection is produced exclusively for ASOS in Kenya by clothing production […]

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BBC Human Planet And Africa Travel To La Maison Rouge in Mopti

The BBC recently did an 8 part series entitled Human Planet, exploring man’s relationship with nature in the world today. Beautifully shot, the series looked at diverse environments such as: cities, rainforests and mountains. Unfortunately I caught it near the end of its run, but managed to see the episode featuring deserts. This episode looked in part at the annual re-plastering of the Great Mosque in Djenne, Mali – a day-long festival involving the community. Re-plastering annually is necessary as heavy seasonal rains can ‘melt’ the fragile structures. [Image source: The Great Mosque, Mali – the GreenProphet]

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African Fashion Bongiwe Walaza Jo’burg Fashion Week 2011

Bongiwe Walaza grew up in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa and as the daughter of a home dressmaker, was inevitably surrounded by fabrics and learnt to make clothes. Initially however, instead of following a career into fashion Bongiwe ended up studying Electrical Engineering, but kept on designing and making clothes for herself and thus began to build up a loyal client base in the process. In order to improve her skills Bongiwe made the decision to return to school in 1997 and retrain in the field.

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malene b Globally Inspired Home Textiles And Accessories

I have a love/hate relationship with carpets; love carpets but am such a stickler when it comes to shoes on carpets and cannot bear the thought of people coming in from outside and trampling dirt all over them… I hear you laugh but I get completely stressed out… is that irrational or what??? My previous home had vanilla ice cream coloured carpets and no one; and I mean no one wore shoes on them! So I can only imagine how high my stress levels would shoot up to if I owned one of malene b’s exquisite globally inspired home textiles and carpets… […]

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Modern African Food Dorah Sithole Cooking From Cape To Cairo

  Whether it’s a steaming plate of sadza ne nyama, a beautifully fragranced lamb tagine, spicy jollof rice or a Sunday roast; our favourite foods done just the way we like it provide a source of comfort, reminding us of Mum’s good home cooking and with Mother’s Day in the UK a week away, on Sunday 3rd April what a good day as any to get together, cook up a feast and honour our Mothers as we make them feel extra, extra special. As the flurry of gift buying gets under way if your Mum is a foodie and loves […]

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Vivienne Westwood Eco-Friendly Made In Africa Bags

…I know I’m rather late with this one, even though I’ve had it on my radar for a while. Anyhoo, if you’re looking for some glamour when it comes to your eco friendly shopper then check out Vivienne Westwood’s made in Africa designs for Gold Label Spring/Summer 2011. In collaboration with the United Nations International Trade Centre’s Ethical Fashion Programme the bags are handmade in Kenya and make use of recycled materials. Originally available in three designs – a quick check of the web shows you’ll be lucky to still have your pick as they’ve been snapped up fast having already launched in […]

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Zara Home African Inspired Home Decor And Textiles

I adore the Zara Home Store, it is a veritable treasure trove of beautiful things and passing by the window display in Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent, this past Sunday I was greeted with a showcase of classic African inspired home decor and textiles – think safari style in various shades of brown, sand, ebony and ivory. Whilst I tend to prefer a more vibrant look incorporating brightly coloured accents, there were some elements that appealed, however on entering the store to have a closer look I was then greeted with distinct sections of fuchsia, peacock blue and purple – much […]

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Modern African Fashion Lemlem Natural Handwoven Cotton Collections

Meaning to ‘flourish’ or ‘bloom’ in Amharic, I thought Lemlem an appropriate post, given the current styles and colours as we continue celebrating the beginning of spring – which was officially yesterday 20th March. Soon to be launched on Net-a-Porter, Lemlem’s coveted mulit-purpose creations comprise a handcrafted modern African fashion collection of women’s and children’s clothing and accessories using natural handspun cotton in a gorgeous array of colours. The products are then finished of by touches of intricate hand embroidery. [Image credits: Lemlem]

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South African Interior Decor Clinton Friedman Scatter Cushions

Finally… the time has come to shed bulky coats and heavy cardi’s, as the onset of spring ushers in the warmer weather. Taking the lead from the flowers now starting to peek out of the thawing ground, why not celebrate the start of spring by injecting some floral South African interior decor inspiration throughout your living space. I’m inspired to bring the outside in with these gorgeous scatter cushions by Durban-based photographer, Clinton Friedman, who has taken to reproducing his stunning graphic imagery onto fabric. [Image credit: Subtraction Collection – Clinton Friedman]

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Sika Blending London Style With Modern African Fashion

I was strolling through Greenwich Market Wednesday afternoon trying to while up some time before a meeting and took the opportunity to pop into Cherry Picked Boutique, the home of Sika’s pretty modern African fashion dresses, to see if they had some of the new collection I had seen online. Greenwich Market is one of my favourite places in London and the place where I first came across the Sika label when whilst perusing the stalls a flash of, the now ubiquitous, African print fabric caught my eye in one of the boutiques surrounding the perimeter. This was a few years back when […]

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Luxury Africa Travel To One&Only Le Saint Géran Mauritius

…it’s been ages since I last posted, have been dealing with one of those curve balls life likes to throw your way every now and then to keep you on your toes. It’s been a rough few weeks and I’m still working my way through… could so do with getting away from it all. A luxury Africa travel getaway to an island in the middle of a warm ocean would be just the ticket. As a child places like Mauritius and the Seychelles were portrayed as the epitome of classic beach holidays, oozing luxury and glamour amidst white sandy beaches; […]

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