Designers

Handcrafted bags from Sherene Melinda in South Africa

What happens when you take a woman with a unique perspective on bag design and couple that with a strong commercial head and desire to succeed? Sherene Melinda is a South African company, that specialises in all sorts of luxury leather bags – from clutch and crossbody to tote and multiway. We …

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Designer Focus – Zimbabwe’s House of Mucha

LinDi Mucha is founder and creative director of  fashion label House of Mucha. Now based in Hertfordshire, Zimbabwe born LinDi has always had a passion for Afrocentric wear since her teen years. “I first got into art design whilst in law school”, she said. “Now I’m planning to study Fashion …

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Designer Focus – Caroline Beyll

Combining classic 1950’s cuts with modern African prints is a recipe that Caroline Beyll is focused on. Whether it’s the ‘classic Hepburn’ or the ‘Golden Flare’ or ‘Royal Blaze’ – her clothes have an instant classic appeal. “I have designed and created what I truly call beautiful dresses”, says Caroline. “I …

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Designer Focus – Alisha from Congo

The Alisha label is a brand for young and dynamic women. The clothes are very colourful, sporty and designed with an ethnic influence. Named after the founder’s great grandmother, the brand stands for ‘Make Fashion Not War’. A great sentiment given Congo’s recent history. Alisha was founded in 2014 by cousins …

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Designer Focus – KZN Fashion Council

Here at Africa Fashion, we are firm believers in commerce over charity. Naturally there are times when we all need to pull together to help fellow humans in a difficult spot, but – in the long term – there’s nothing stronger than a genuine economic uplift in a region to help …

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Designer Focus – Tangerine

Tangerine is a ready-to-wear, couture brand based in Abuja, Nigeria. The brand has a reputation for designing timeless, simple and elegant pieces. Creative director Ibee Egbuson quit her 9-to-5 job 4 years ago to pursue a career in the Fashion industry.  If you want to embrace vibrant colours and ditch the …

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Designer Focus – Njema Helena

Njema Helena is a fashion company from Nairobi, Kenya, which strives to create modern fashion with an African aesthetic for everyday life. Behind the brand’s unique identity is powerful story of love and loss. “All materials and fabrics are sourced from Africa and production takes place exclusively in Kenya”, they said. “This encourages …

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Lihiya completes its brand journey at AFWL 2015

Regular readers will have seen Africa Fashion covering two designers in recent months. One of them, Dumile Dlamini, presented her full collection at Africa Fashion Week London yesterday – to rapturous applause. We captured the final walk – and the presentation of the designer herself – to give you an …

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Vanessa Agyemang presents Copper Dust

As an award winning model and materials expert, designing a range of luxury goods for the home came naturally to Vanessa Agyemang. With the backing of the Princes Trust, she has her brand Copper Dust well and truly up and running. In an exclusive interview, Africa Fashion finds out about …

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AFWL 2015 Designer Focus – Amy Ku

As preparations take place for the final ramp up to Africa Fashion Week London 2015 on 7th and 8th August at Olympia, so we have been looking through the designers that will be gracing the catwalk. We will be following a few of them through to the start of the show, …

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Meen street fashion with a Ghanaian twist

Much of what the fashion industry reports on is to do with major exhibitions and famous brands. That ignores the vast number of designers that are taking their first steps on the retail runway. We caught up with Meen, a graduate of the University of Arts London, who is creating hand …

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What AFWL means to a designer from Swaziland

From humble beginnings four years ago, to a ‘must-see event’ on the UK fashion calendar, the rise of Africa Fashion Week London has been absolutely phenomenal. On 7th and 8th August at London’s Olympia venue, AFWL 2015 promises to be bigger and more impressive than ever. Dumile Dlamini from Swaziland is …

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Five years after Westwood’s Kenyan concept

Around five years ago, fashion icon Vivienne Westwood was powering forward with a new concept: Ethical Fashion Africa. Now, as the final plans are being made for the big shows for Spring/Summer 2016, Africa Fashion takes a look at her original idea and why there are so many more possibilities …

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