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Fashion designer Mimi Plange has collaborated with high-end French furniture design company Roche Bobois on a limited edition furniture collection upholstered in Mimi Plange textile designs that references her West African design cultural and heritage. The Roche Bobois collection is centred around one of the furniture house’s iconic furniture pieces, the modular Mah Jong Sofa that was designed in 1971 by German artist Hans Hopfer, and has since been dressed by some of the biggest names in fashion from the late Sonia Rykiel to Jean-Paul Gaultier. The collaboration features several Mimi Plange textile designs each incorporating a different theme from vintage florals to Kente Cloth to Ashanti Dolls to quilted feathers, the latter a signature of the Mimi Plange brand.

 

[Image credit: Mimi Plange x Roche Bobois Asante Doll Army Ice Blue]

 

 

[Image credit: Mimi Plange x Roche Bobois top, Birds of Paradis; bottom, Kente Brush Ice Blue]

Mimi Plange and Roche Bobois also collaborated with The Ethical Fashion Initiative to create a special black and red textile handwoven by artisans in Burkina Faso. The Ethical Fashion Initiative is a United Nations programme headed by Simone Cipriani that assists with the development of the fashion design industries in Africa and in Haiti by connecting designers and companies with artisans.

 

 

 

[Image credit: Mimi Plange x Roche Bobois and Ethical Fashion Initiative]

“It’s about establishing a new point of view in luxury by capturing the creativity of ancient African civilizations,” says Plange.

 

 

[Image credit: Mimi Plange x Roche Bobois Butterfly Utopia]

 

Born in Accra and based in the US, Mimi launched her ready-to-wear label in 2010 and has since dressed leading figures among them First Lady Michelle Obama. Her designs draw inspiration from the modern American luxury sportswear tradition, which she infuses with dark romance and African influences, the continent is a limitless source of inspiration for her as she continually seeks out the unusual and diverse African design, traditions, landscapes and lore, and reinterprets these themes in a refreshingly modern way.

Additional details:

For further information about Mimi Plange visit: www.mimiplange.com

For further information about Roche Bobois visit: www.roche-bobois.com

 

[Image credits: The images shown belong to Mimi Plange. If downloaded and used elsewhere please credit accordingly.]

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