Traditional Nigerian Textiles Meet Contemporary African Design

Ethnik by T.O. - Tunde Olowabi Studios

Ethnik by T.O. is a stylish range of contemporary African design footwear and fashion accessories made with beautifully woven Aso Oke, a traditional Yoruba textile. The collection, launched in 2015, is the brainchild of photographer and designer Tunde Olowabi, who by tapping into his heritage is adding to the diverse creative voices shaping contemporary African design.
[Main image credits: Ethnik by T.O. – Tunde Olowabi Studios]
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LONDRÉ TAN Fashion Accessories Made in Africa for the Modern Woman

South African fashion accessories - Kwane Handbag - LONDRÉ TAN
LONDRÉ TAN is a luxury South African brand of fashion accessories made in Africa that caters to the modern woman. Based in  Johannesburg the brand was launched in 2014 by Lilian Muhammed, a fashion industry entrepreneur. Style, exceptional craftsmanship and luxury epitomizes Londré Tan’s collections which include handbags, belts and jewellery. Named after a major South African city, each design pays homage to the diversity, rich culture and beauty of the country.
[Image credit: Kwane Handbag – Londré Tan]
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Calling All Emerging Accessory Designers Enter The ABURY Design Experience

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If you are passionate about designing and producing accessories that not only look good, but have positive impact, then it is not too late to enter the Abury Design Experience (ADEx) competition to be in with a chance to create a capsule accessories collection for sustainable luxury accessory brand, Abury. Abury’s ethos is to combine traditional, old world crafts with avant garde design to create a new luxury style that fosters intercultural exchange and helps preserves world crafts. And, now in its second year ADEx is an international design competition- held in partnership with Harper’s Bazaar Germany -that builds on Abury’s crafts skills exchange ethos. And, in addition to designing a collection for Abury the winner will also receive travel, stay, a production budget and up to three months in Morocco collaborating with local artisans.
[Main image credit: Abury Design Experience – Abury]

Hermès Collaborates with African Artisans for La Marche Du Zambèze Scarf

La Marche du Zambèze Scarf - made in Africa
Luxury French fashion house, Hermès recently launched La Marche du Zambeze, a stunning silk twill scarf that was the result of a collaboration with South African ceramic studio, Ardmore. Celebrating African art and creativity the scarf was designed by Ardmore’s artisans. La Marche du Zambeze is set in the great river lands of the Zambezi tracing its course from the savannah to the delta marshes and feaures a majestic elephant at its centre, symbolising family and power. Gathered around the elephant are the creatures of his kingdom, giraffe, zebra, leopard and crocodile. The river’s flora is silhouetted all around the composition, off-setting rich patterns of python and crocodile skin.
[Main image credit: La Marche du Zambèze Scarf – Hermès]
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Monaa Luxury African Inspired Shoes Made In Ghana

Monaa - Luxury African footwear made in Ghana
Nothing says summer more than a pair of comfortable, yet chic sandals. And, with the summer holidays having officially started in this part of the world, many a pair will have been tucked away into luggage bound for sun soaked destinations. And, whether or not you are going away for the holidays, every wardrobe needs a pair or two, or three… So just in time for summer, July has seen the launch of Monaa, a stylish collection of luxury African inspired shoes comprising leather sandals and slippers made in Ghana.
[Main image credit: Princess Slipper in blue – Monaa]
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Modern African Design Doreen Mashika Capsule Collection for eBay Germany

Some weeks back I did a feature on Kenyan jewellery designer, Gladys Macharia’s collaboration with Urbanara, as one of three winners of the Kenya-based ‘African Designers for Tomorrow‘ award. Another winner of competition was Doreen Mashika, who today as part of the award sees the launch of her covetable modern African design in the form of a jewellery and accessories capsule collection, Doreen Mashika for eBay, Germany, which was produced in collaboration with the online platform.
[Main image credit: Beaded Bracelet – Doreen Mashika for eBay Germany]
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Abury Ethical Luxury Where Old World Traditions Meet Cutting Edge Design

Abury is an ethical luxury fashion accessories brand whose ethos is one of combining old world traditions with cutting edge design to create a new style, one of timeless and authentic luxury. Abury is a response to mass production, inviting people to appreciate the beauty that is around them, to form emotional connections to the products they buy and to take the time to recognise the meaning of of true luxury that comes with tradition, time and care in production. Heritage, knowledge and wisdom are turned into timeless high quality products, that include bags, personal accessories and footwear for people to treasure.
[Image credit: Berber Collection, Blue and Pink Berber Clutch – Abury]
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Maki & Mpho Modern Luxury African Design Where Asia Meets Africa

SEVEN - Self-tie Diamond Tip Double-sided Bow Tie - Maki & Mpho

With Father’s Day on the horizon, Sunday 21st June for those who need reminding, I thought it would be apt to introduce a brand that focuses its creative attentions on our menfolk. Maki & Mpho, is a US-based textile brand that ‘celebrates the African renaissance’, by working with African designers to develop modern sophisticated prints for menswear accessories. Defining modern luxury African design the collections include elegant ties, pocket squares and bow ties made from silk twill.
[Main image credit: SEVEN – Self-tie Diamond Tip Double-sided Bow Tie – Maki & Mpho]
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