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Ozwald Boateng Savile Row Tailoring

[Image credits: Ozwald Boateng] A well-dressed man in a sharply tailored suit is usually a sight to behold and this area is the forte of Savile Row tailor Ozwald Boateng, who knows all to well the power of sharp tailoring and attention to detail and is widely credited with introducing Savile Row tailoring to a new generation.

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Stylish African Print Fashion Clutches By UrbanKnit

[Image credit: Urbanknit – etsy] Starting out by making accessories for friends and family, Dolapo James of Urbanknit has gone on to create a much coveted collection of stylish African print fashion accessories in the form of vibrant clutch bags. With, a love of bold colour and pattern evident in her use of much loved African Print textiles.

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Luxury Africa Travel To The Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Tanzania

[Image credit: Tanzania Odyssey] Drift lazily high above the Serengeti plains in a hot air balloon, getting a spectacular birds-eye view of natural breathtaking phenomenon like the must-see wildebeest migration. Then once you land, sit down to a full breakfast set-up under the shade of an Umbrella tree amid the peaceful surroundings of the Serengeti plains. Just one of the many memorable experiences to be enjoyed in the Serengeti National Park within whose eastern border you will find the Ngorongoro Crater, the remains of a massive volcano nearly three million years old and a World Heritage Site.

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Cheick Diallo’s Elegant Innovative African Furniture Designs

[Image credits: Diallo Design] Cheick Diallo the innovative furniture designer behind Diallo Design studied Architecture in France and whilst there discovered his love for furniture design. One of Africa’s leaders in innovate product and furniture design Diallo aims to bring a cosmopolitan view to contemporary African furniture design by creating a bridge between ancient wisdom and modern sensuality.

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Modern African Cuisine From Top Chef Marcus Samuelsson

[Image credits: abcnews.com recipes: salad and dessert] Ethiopian born, Swedish raised and now living in Harlem, top chef Marcus Samuelsson certainly has a lot of influences to bring to his culinary creations and has been praised for his development of modern African cuisine and introducing innovative interpretations to classic Swedish dishes and quality of flavours and textures his food possesses.

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St-Erasmus Opulent Jewellery Deeply Rooted In Africa

[Image credit: St-Erasmus] Prior to becoming the jewellery designer name on everyone’s lips when the ever-stylish Michelle Obama was pictured wearing one of his statement necklaces the Begum 2, Pieter Erasmus was well-known within the industry, designing and creating jewellery for leading couture fashion houses such as Givenchy and Alexander McQueen.

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Basket Case a showcase of Contemporary Zimbabwean Basketry

 [Image credit: BBC] I came across a photo-editorial on BBC about an exhibition of contemporary Zimbabwean basketry called ‘The Basket Case’, currently being held at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare. The National Gallery is beautiful space and a place I know well having spent many a time there perusing the latest exhibits and completing assignments. I am glad to see that it is still putting on inspiring exhibits.  ‘The Basket Case’ exhibition is all about connecting the past and the present, traditional with contemporary and is based on a project by interior accessories designer, Heath Nash and the traditional basket weavers based […]

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Christie Brown Modern African Dress Designs

[Image credits: myasho] Christie Brown designer, Aisha Obuobi’s modern African dress designs are so pretty and feminine, combining traditional prints with silks in a ray of gorgeous colours. The dresses below caught my eye whilst browsing myasho an online e-tailer of African designer clothing. For me these gorgeous frocks capture that feeling of impatience and excitement of when I was a child waiting to get dressed up in my party dress and having everyone tell me how pretty I looked. In a flattering style these modern African dress designs are perfect for occasions that demand effortless chic and easily take you from day […]

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Africa Travel Experience Cultural Fusion In The Islands of Cape Verde

[Image credits: www.capeverdeexperience] Experience and Africa travel getaway to the small chain of islands of the coast of West Africa that make up Cape Verde, considered to be one of Africa’s best-kept secrets. Still relatively untouched, the Cape Verde islands combine a rich mix of African, Portuguese and Brazilian cultures. The diversity of the islands offer some stunning scenery from powdery white beaches and clear waters to lush mountainous vistas. Although it would be tempting to chill out and relax by the beach it is to Mindelo, the capital of the island of São Vicente we focus our attention.

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Moya Luxurious South African Spa Products

[Image credit: Moya] Meaning soul or wind, Moya is a luxurious range of professional South African spa products that advocates the natural approach to healthy living. Moya utilises essential oils and botanicals indigenous to South Africa, particularly harnessing the properties of Fynbos, a plant found mostly in the Western Cape region. The products also include the aromatic and therapeutic essences of Buchu, Zinziba, Cape May, Cape Snowbush, Cape Chamomile, Lanyana and Cape Geranium. [Image credit: Moya] Packaged in distinctive amber, silver and cream; Moya’s therapeutic African spa products include haircare, bath oils, body lotions and washes that the company states contain no mineral oils, […]

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Mai Lamore Exquisite Couture Shoes

[Image credit: Maï Lamore] Seductive showstoppers that wouldn’t look out of place on a red carpet; these are the couture shoe creations of Paris-based shoe designer Maï Lamore. Being the shoe lover that I am, I was mesmerised the moment I laid eyes on these exquisite beauties. Not just shoes, but gorgeous works of art that take my breath away and definitely not made for walking as I would be perfectly happy to slip on my feet and stare at them all day long. However as a designer, Maï Lamore works to combine luxury and elegance in a wearable way and prior to […]

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Mar Y Sol’s Madagascan Made Bags And Clutches In A Rainbow Of Colours

[Image credits: Mar y Sol] Formerly Mad Imports, Mar Y Sol’s made in Africa stylish bags and clutches bring a smile to my face ticking all the right boxes from mouth-watering colour combinations such as apple, mango, berry and punch to cute unashamedly girly styles that invoke images of summer; making them perfect for leisurely days strolling around town, lunch with the girls… actually any occasion that demands a burst of colour to brighten things up. I was hard-pressed to choose which ones to display, so cast your eyes on these and visit Mar Y Sol’s website for the full collection.

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Anthropologie African Inspired Textiles Bedding Collection

[Image credits: Yoruba Quilt, Anthropologie] I am a fan of US-based store Anthropologie, loving its quirky bohemian style with a dusting of romance and was thrilled when they finally opened two stores in London, the first one in October 2009 and then the second earlier this year. Browsing their online store I came across their African inspired textiles bedding collection and interior accessories that they state is drawn from Yoruba and Northern Sotho cultures, although I may be wrong in saying, I feel that some of the fabric inspiration relates more to the Dutch Wax cloth popular in West Africa.

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Luxury Africa Travel To The Riad Les Bains de Marrakech

[Image credits: Les Bains de Marrakech] Inviting you for an hour, a day or a week, Les Bains de Marrakech is a perfect luxury Africa travel getaway destination for frazzled city folk in much need of rejuvenating their souls. Rated as one of the best riads in Marrakech, just looking at the images on their website is lulling me into a state of soothing relaxation; perfect conditions for daydreaming… so imagine how much more relaxed you would be emerging from the experience.

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Made Unique Ethical Jewellery Handcrafted In Kenya

[Image credits: Stone earrings, Jellyfish Pendant and Statement Choker – MADE] The launch of Kenyan-based ethical jewellery label MADE’s new MU collection introduces a vibrant range of limited edition ethical jewellery made in Africa at their Kenyan workshop. Still following MADE’s ethos of recycling locally found materials such as glass and brass this collection now includes 9ct gold to stunning effect. A significant step up from their much sought after existing collections, MU raises the bar on ethical luxury made in Africa and is simply gorgeous.

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Fluid, Sensual Silhouettes From Liberian American Designer Korto Momolu, Project Runway Finalist

 Debut collection Winning a legion of fans during her stint on Season 5 of Bravo TV’s Project Runway, African fashion designer Korto Momolu certainly is not one to shy away from jewel-toned brights, prints and feminine silhouettes, along with her cultural accents all contributing to a look of effortless elegance. What I especially love about Korto Momolu’s designs are the fluid, sensual dreamy structures of her maxi dresses and her use of vibrant colour palettes inspired by her Liberian heritage. [Image credits/source: fashionologie]

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Divine Chocolate Made With Fair Trade Ghanaian Cocoa

[Image credits: Divine Chocolate] Fairtrade packaging has often meant a palette of natural earthy colours and utilising materials like hemp, sisal and handmade paper as a way of giving added credibility to the principles of the product, and whilst there is nothing wrong with this products can end up looking samey-samey when vying for our attention on the store shelf. Eliciting comments like ‘It is refreshing to see a fair trade product packaged as beautifully as this’ (Lovely Package, 2009) and ‘…elegant packaging makes them the perfect gift’ (the Guardian Eco Store), Divine Chocolate made with fair trade Ghanaian cocoa is a brand I fell […]

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Indigo Bay Island Resort And Spa, Mozambique

Indigo Bay Island Resort and Spa has been a daydream for a while, albeit an intermittent one – but we are talking over a good number of years, so it’s only right it should be honoured as the first posting. Epitomising a luxury Africa travel getaway I first came to know Indigo Bay when the design studio I was working with at time acquired them as a client.

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  • Preserving traditional skills the Kayla cushion by Frida 54 highlights the art of Tritik, a process of knotting and sewing that results in a variety of symmetric patterns. Handwoven with 100% cotton from the cotton mills of northern Cameroon the textiles are dyed with handmade dyes using ancestral techniques. [📷 credit: @frida_54 ]
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  • Infuse your interior style with the colourful elegance of African beaded necklaces courtesy of The African Woven Necklace light shade by @moderngesture. The design features graduating circular hoops each hand wrapped with colourful woven thread bands. Handcrafted in Cape Town, South Africa by designer Candice Lawrence, the lighting is available in the  Atelier Fifty Five shop. [📷 credit: @atelierfiftyfive]
  • Eight years ago I started a blog as a place to document the interesting things I was discovering with regards to the design and creativity emerging from Africa. From the moment I created my first blog post little did I know where the journey would take me. Fast-forward to present day I have not only been privileged to witness the development of an industry, but to also have an active role in creating awareness about it.

On this journey, I have seen Africa’s design industry grow from a handful of names from a handful countries to a continent wide-reach. Some names that were just starting out have become internationally respected leaders in their field, whilst behind them, a new generation of names are coming up and claiming their place in the industry.

To say that it is an exciting time for African design and creativity would be a gross understatement! We are in a time of rapid advancement and unbridled creative expression, that is setting the foundations and standards for future generations to build on. And like many other emerging industries in Africa, creativity is opening up opportunities to those who are willing to seize them. And seizing them designers are!

And as Atelier Fifty Five begins a new chapter it is an opportunity for me to renew my commitment to supporting the development of the African design industry and helping those I work with and write about, and work with to fulfill their potential for creating world-class brands. 
I invite you to visit our website to discover more. [Link in bio]

Tapiwa, Founder Atelier Fifty Five
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