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Otago Sophisticated Design Led African Accessories For The Home

High quality craftsmanship and artisanal skills lie at the heart of Otago, a UK-based luxury brand of African accessories for the home that collaborates mainly with artisans in East and Southern Africa, combining their skills with cutting-edge contemporary design aesthetics to produce their sophisticated design-led home decor craft collections. [Image credit: Kipapu Platters & Shanga Ya Ngozi Bottles – Otago]

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African Fashion Designer Maxhosa by Laduma Knitwear for Her

[Image credit: Buyel’mbo womenswear collection, Autumn/Winter 2014 – Maxhosa by Laduma] As the days get colder, it is time to think about investing in knitwear, and just in time for the season ahead are new knitwear designs by South African fashion designer Laduma Ngxokolo who, following on from his critically acclaimed menswear collections, has introduced a chic women’s knitwear range for Autumn/Winter 2014. Trading under the brand name Maxhosa by Laduma, the South African fashion designer’s designs are rooted in the traditions and culture of his homeland, and this latest collection entitled Buyel’mbo, is inspired by a Xhosa phrase often uttered […]

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Defining Luxury African Fashion Buki Akib Design Indaba Interview

Buki Akib’s luxurious style, influenced by West African textile traditions captures the imagination. The textiles and fashion accessories designer is defining Luxury African fashion. I recently caught up with the highly experimental designer to glean further insight into her work and inspirations. The full feature can be read on Design Indaba. [Main image credit: Buki Akib Menswear]

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Eva Sonaike Eko Eclipse African Inspired Home Decor

[Image credit: Eko Eclipse Collection – Eva Sonaike] London-based textile and lifestyle brand Eva Sonaike launches Eko Eclipse, their latest African inspired home decor collection of textiles and soft furnishings that are based on vibrant African prints. The brand’s creative director, Eva Sonaike herself drew inspiration from the West African metropolis that is Lagos, which was formerly known as Eko and was imbued with the folklore of the symbiotic relationship between the earth, the moon and the traditional Gods of the universe, who brought rain, wind and thunder to the planet.

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