NeoBantu Vibrant Modern African Print Clothing Pays Homage to Africa

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Bold patterns, vibrant colours, and contemporary classic silhouettes tailored to fit each wearer are the hallmarks of NeoBantu, a Dallas-based fashion label that was co-founded by pharmacist Tendai Tawonezvi. Hailing from Zimbabwe, NeoBantu is a celebration of Tendai’s heritage; embracing modern African print clothing and pays homage to the wider African continent. The company name is derived from ‘Neo’ meaning new and ‘Bantu’, the peoples, culture and languages of sub-Saharan Africa.
[Image credit: Alba Tuxedo Pants and Blazer – NeoBantu]
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Ikire Jones African Inspired Menswear For The Adventurous

Ikire Jones is a visionary African inspired menswear label that celebrates the individual, those not afraid to go against the norm. The Ikire Jones style sees old world tradition combined with contemporary aesthetics in the form of vibrant flamboyant West African textiles and inspiration married with the sophistication of sharp Neapolitan tailoring to create garments that are expertly hand cut and sewn in Philadelphia, USA where the company is based.
[Image credit: Escape to New Lagos Collection – Ikire Jones]
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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 by Xhosa elders reminiscing about the nostalgic rural lifestyle at the old Xhosa homelands. Buyel’mbo sees geometric patterns and bold colours adorn a stylish capsule range of shift dresses, capes, swing tops, pencil and mini skirts that inject a much need dose of vivaciousness into any winter wardrobe.
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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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South African Fashion Designers Geometric Prints And Structured Forms

Sindiso Khumalo is one of South African fashion designers challenging our perceptions of African fashion design. Bold graphics and geometric prints characterise the work of the fashion and textile designer. A former architect, Sindiso studied at the University of Cape Town, and moved to London to work for reknowned architect David Adjaye. She left the practice to study an MA Design for Textile Futures at Central St Martins College of Art and Design before setting up her eponymous label. Exploring different aspects of textile print design, Sindiso’s architectural training is evident in her style. She uses forms like modernist buildings as points of reference, evident in the structure of the patterns, and the shapes and construction of some of her garments. Like a number of rising African fashion designers Sindiso also leans towards developing a contemporary African aesthetic. Past collections have drawn influence from the visual and cultural collisions that exist within Durban taxi ranks.
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Ohema Ohene Geo Africa Fashion Design Collection

[Image credit: Ohema Ohene, Laura Cape Dress – Oh! Printex Collection]
In a departure from the colourful African print fabrics that usually define their collections, London-based fashion label Ohema Ohene’s recent geo Africa fashion design collection saw the adoption of a striking monochrome palette. Launched in July, the limited-edition capsule collection was produced in collaboration with textile company, Printex Ghana. Entitled OH! PRINTEX the collection celebrates Printex’s history of black and white prints through fun, wearable designs for both men and women.
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African Fashion Store My Asho Colourful Patchwork Clutches

Spotted on the online African fashion store My Asho a limited edition collection of colourful patchwork clutches, just in time for spring. Handcrafted by the Nigerian accessories label Gidan Nodza, a myriad of mismatched printed and hand dyed fabric or leather patches are combined to form the bags. All styles are fully lined and a zip closure completes the look. Head designer Amina Adefala scours local markets for the leather, and the fabric is printed locally produced using traditional techniques like resist dyeing. The patchwork nature of the designs means each bag produced is unique. The patchwork collection extends to totes and belts.
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Contemporary African Inspired Accessories Uphold Traditional Craft

Meaning ‘good’ in Maa, the language of the Maasai, ‘Sidai’ is the name given to a business creating contemporary African inspired accessories by infusing traditional beading with modern aesthetics. The company was inspired by a visit to Arusha, in Northern Tanzania. Sidai Designs was founded by, Eszter Rabin, a graphic designer turned artisan entrepreneur living in California, and Emanuel Melubo Laizer, a Maasai Warrior from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Northern Tanzania. Discovering a mutual interest in working with underserved communities, Emanuel and Eszter joined forces in 2009 to share ideas, and after several visits to Maasai communities launched Sidai Designs in 2011. The result of this partnership sees the distinctive, elegant beading of the Maasai translated into striking, contemporary African inspired accessories and jewellery collections that manage to balance bold silhouettes with the delicateness of the beading, and some very pretty colour palettes.
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Uru Diamonds Ethical East African Jewellery And Fashion Accessories

It is no secret the African Continent is blessed with diamonds that are coveted the world over, and harnessing this mineral wealth should come with social responsibilities. However, as we all know this is not always the case, especially when it comes to conflict free diamonds. East African jewellery company, Uru Diamonds based in Tanzanian is a company that works with conflict free diamonds and precious stones, to produce contemporary jewellery collections. The company name ‘Uru’ comes from a very old Swahili term describing a powerful essence; used here to invoke the days of ancient African Kings and Queens where diamonds were cherished.  
[Image credit: Uru Diamonds]