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Olele African Print Fashion Accessories With Spanish Tradition

When it’s stifling out there and the caress of a cool breeze is nowhere to be found I always find myself wishing I had a fan to hand, and enviously looking at those who had the foresight to carry one. A self-indulgent pleasure, but oh so ladylike; fans are one of those things you don’t think about until you need it right then and there; and then prove impossible to find. Creating African print fashion accessories with Spanish tradition, Etsy store Olele has a covetable range of fans that are just the thing to have to hand to keep you cool when the […]

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Indalo Project Protea Lights Modern South African Decor

The King Protea is South Africa’s national flower and the inspiration for some very different and thoroughly modern looking South African decor lighting from the Indalo Project, a pioneering initiative based in Cape Town, South Africa whose creations serve to fuse traditional elements with contemporary design whilst adhering to a responsibility towards the community. [Image credit: Protea Collection – Indalo Project]

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Africa Travel To Luxury Boutique Hotel Giraffe Manor

As is so often the way, one post leads to another so in keeping with the pull of all things wildlife I was led to the rather charming Giraffe Manor located 20km from Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. The name ‘Nairobi’ I found out comes from the Maasai phrase ‘Enkare Nyirobi’ meaning the place of cool waters. [Image credit: Giraffe Manor]

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Shumba Inc Made In Africa Felt Wall-Hangings

Brighten up the walls of a nursery or young child’s room with adorable, quirky and colourful felt wall-hangings made in Africa by Harare-based, Shumba Inc. The diverse wildlife found across the African continent is a constant source of inspiration for many and Shumba Inc’s interpretation sees buffalo, lion, giraffe and man’s best friend captured in the delightful childlike innocence that can be found in children’s drawings and give each animal a personality. ‘Shumba’ means lion in Shona, one of Zimbabwe’s languages and Shumba and his friends come in a colourful array of hand puppets, magnets and decorations to name a few. [Image credit:Wall-hanging […]

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Sammy Ethiopia African Made Leather Bags At Liberty London

These stylish tie-dyed African made leather bags from Sammy Ethiopia feature signature circular and stripe patterns of the dyeing process. Currently retailing online at Liberty London, the clutches are hand made in Ethiopia, making up part of a contemporary range of hand-woven, dyed and embroidered products that serve to build upon and preserve Ethiopia’s great tradition and skill in weaving.

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Pyromaniac By mp Modern African Inspired Fashion

The legendary unpredictability of the British weather calls for the need to be prepared at all times when venturing outdoors and gives rise to a spring/summer staple; the trench coat, a wardrobe must-have in classic beige but mix it up with some colourful options for head turning style. Fusing timelessness with modern African inspired fashion glamour designed to give a flattering chic silhouette, Pyromaniac by mp have a couple of bold, graphic print knee length trench’s that would look good whether dressed up or down. [Image credits: Kay Trench Coat – Pryromaniac bby mp]

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Imiso Innovative Contemporary South African Ceramics

Four dynamic individuals; Andile Dyalvane, Abongile Madabane, Zizipho Poswa and Mlamli Charles Mayosi came together in June 2006 to form Imiso Ceramics, a contemporary South African ceramics brand. Today just Andile Dyalvane and Zizipho Poswa remain at the helm. [Image credit: Imiso Ceramics]

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Nkuku Fair Interior Decor Malawi Made Picture Frames

Display your treasured memories with eco chic metal and wooden frames from Nkuku. Handmade in Malawi, the fair trade interior decor frames shown are stylishly simple allowing your pictures to stand out. Aiming to use natural or recycled materials where possible, the frames in the Nkuku collections are produced using wood taken from sustainable forests, in addition to aluminium and other light metals. [Image credits: Nkuku – Recycled Aluminum and Wood Frames selection]

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Modern African Food Moroccan Chef Hassan M’Souli

Moroccan chef, Hassan M’Souli has been tantalising the taste buds of Australians in New South Wales, since arriving on the shores of Sydney from Casablanca in 1985. Opening the door of his award winning restaurant ‘Out of Africa’ in 1995, Hassan cites being in his mother’s kitchen from a young age as the source of his passion about cooking and creating modern African food; and Sydney provided the opportunity to introduce a new and unique taste to the local dining experience. [Image credit: Argan Oil – Out of Africa]

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Patrick Mavros Luxury Silver Decor Accessories Made In Africa

Wildlife artist and master sculptor, Patrick Mavros is passionate about the African bush, moments of which are beautifully captured in his evocative finely detailed made in Africa sterling silver sculptures. Self-taught, Patrick started his eponymous business in 1978 when he created a pair of rose earrings for his then fiancé, now wife and this led to ever increasing requests from friends and family for their own unique sculptures and helped hone his skills in the process. Now a fully-fledged family business involving his wife and four sons, Patrick works from a studio-cum-gallery located just outside Harare, Zimbabwe; and also retails his covetable, whimsical […]

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Textile Designer Buki Akib FELA Menswear Capsule Collection

A graduate of Central Saint Martin’s, highly experimental Nigerian textile designer Buki Agbakiaka’s -aka Buki Akib- work is bold, unique and extravagant. Her recent menswear capsule collection entitled ‘FELA’ was inspired by the pulsating rhythm of the Afrobeat movement, taking the viewer back to a decadent 1970’s Lagos music scene dominated by the pioneering musician Fela Kuti. Fela Kuti’s legendary style was distinctive and heralded a new era of showmanship in the West and Pan-Africa music scene. [Image credit: Buki Akib – FELA Autumn/Winter 2011]

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Recreate South African Craftsmanship Repurposed Furniture

[Image credit: Recreate – seating] I ABSOLUTELY love this chair… it’s cute, fun and very quirky… all the things I like… and when I first saw it, it brought a smile to my face. A product of Recreate a company, which gives a new lease of life to objects that have outgrown their original purpose; its just the thing to add some character to an uninviting hallway or  romantic nostalgia to a sumptuous boudoir. Ingeniously and lovingly recycling pieces of discarded junk by skilfully turning them into unique furniture, lighting and interior accessories; Katie Thompson started the aptly titled, Recreate in 2009 […]

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Sandstorm Kenya Leather And Canvas Bags And Accessories

Starting life as a maker of luxury tents for East Africa’s leading safari camps, Sandstorm Kenya progressed to creating a range of safari-grade leather and canvas bags and accessories inspired by Kenya’s breathtaking landscape and resilient wildlife. Using the same traditional skills and materials found in the tents, Sandstorm Kenya’s leather and canvas bags, shown off with some stunning photography are comfortingly familiar; the embodiment of the classic explorer-style safari look I was accustomed to seeing throughout shops in the cities, hotels and resorts up and down Zimbabwe and I even owned a similar-style holdall, given as a leaving gift when I came to […]

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Landry & Arcari Luxury Traditional African Inspired Textiles

In a blend of cultures, the richly textured raffia cloths of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kuba and Shoowa people provided the inspiration for a range of Tibetan weave rugs hand-woven in Nepal. The traditional African inspired textiles rugs use Tibetan wool, mohair and silk and capture the distinctive iconic designs through the patterns, textures and colours. The silk is used in the lines of the designs and shimmers as it catches the light. Landry & Arcari the company behind the rugs, created the range as a way to pay homage to what they felt was a rich but under-appreciated African textile tradition in […]

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Idyllic Africa Travel To Lodge des Collines de Niassam

Sandals got me dreaming of sun, sea and sand and idyllic Africa travel, so led me to this stunning image of Lodge des Collines de Niassam in Palmarin, Senegal; four hours from the vibrant capital Dakar. Senegal sits at Africa’s most westerly point on the Atlantic Ocean, and is a beautiful country with a diverse landscape; and although a country marked with a poignant past, it is today a place brimming with optimism. In a tranquil setting, the unique Lodge des Collines de Niassam captures the spirit of getting away from it all and was established in 2002 by Sylvie and Jean […]

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Missibaba Men’s Leather Sandals For Stiaan Louw

Granted when it comes to women’s footwear there is so much more to choose from than men’s, and with the mercury rising as summer approaches people will be looking towards a more relaxed laidback approach, especially if lucky enough to go on holiday. So if you are a guy shopping for yourself or a woman looking to spoil your man, then South African luxury leather accessories brand Missibaba is branching into men’s accessories with a new range of men’ leather sandals that I spotted on the blog, Man of the Cloth .Created for South African fashion designer Stiaan Louw’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection, the leather […]

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African Home Decor Inspiration Chic Moroccan Glassware

I have always thought that a sumptuously decorated Bedouin tent in the middle of the desert is so wonderfully mystical and incredibly romantic. Although the complete look may be too much to bring into the home, a few well-chosen items can help capture the spirit of the look, whether it is for a few hours of entertaining or permanently placed. Enter Emerald Fish, a gem of a boutique with inspiring decor that I discovered this morning on Aphro Chic (one of my favourite reads) whose selected African home decor inspiration items from Morocco will add a touch of colourful elegance to your living space. […]

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African Jewellery Brand Tamacali Inspired By Ancient Traditions

African jewellery brand Tamacali is a creative enterprise that draws on the ancient jewellery traditions of Malian Dogon, Tuareg and Togolese peoples. Seeking to bring together the talented artisans from these tribes Tamacali was founded in 2005 by Tetou Gologo, a Malian contemporary artist and the enterprise produces some amazing jewellery pieces that have a fresh modern feel without losing the heritage of the past. [Image credit: Tamacali]

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Scottish-Nigerian Fashion Designer Bunmi Koko Cutting-Edge Luxury

It was great seeing Scottish-Nigerian fashion designer Bunmi Olaye on one of the UK’s leading news channels, ITV during their coverage of the Royal Wedding. She was a guest commentator, invited to discuss the wedding gown designed by Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton and I think this opportunity was definitely an indicator of her growing recognition as a designer of note within the international fashion industry. [Image credit: Autumn Winter 2010 – Bunmi Koko]

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South African Fashion Accessories Milliner Thembi Mabule

Just emerging from a nice long, and I must say rather eventful, bank holiday weekend given current world events. While watching the pomp and ceremony; and fashions of Friday’s Royal wedding it became apparent that hats, ‘the Fascinator’ in particular were the real stars of the show, if the continuous streams of tweets and blog posts were anything to go by. The Fascinators were a big hit with the American audiences which surprised me a little as they have been hugely popular in the UK for the last decade, if not more and I assumed that they were a big […]

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