Threads

Threads Around the Web spotlights small unique independent shops, designers and creative artisans who sell products related to Africa or Made in Africa. By nature of the smaller manufacturing process, some of these items might only be available in limited quantities or ‘made to order’. That said, we also mix & match the sets with stylish fashion items & make-up from the bigger players in the fashion world – to inspire you to with ideas to team together your look.

Wrap up in style with mille collines

Brand Focus: mille collines While on a trip to Rwanda in 2008, an introduction to local dressmaker Antoinette, inspired fashion designers Marc Oliver and Ines Cuatrecasas to move to Kigali. It was there that they developed their first collection, in partnership with Antoinette. A year later, mille collines was born …

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Africa On Silk with Eki Orlean’s London

Silk, a sensuous fabric not just for valentines, and although Feb the 14th was the inspiration for today’s ‘Threads Around the Web’, the real focus is brand Eki Orlean’s. Eki means the centre of attraction, and if it’s attraction you’re after, then award winning designer Hazel Eki Aggrey-Orleans can help you with that!

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Blushing in Vibrant Pink Style, featuring Chen Burkett NY

Brand Focus: The label Chen Burkett New York, founded by Chen Burkett in 2013, a fashion label that showcases its own unique brand of cultural couture. Combing versatility and comfort with style and cultural significance. Born in St. Johns, Antigua, with family hailing from Ghana and UK, Chen’s mother encouraged her …

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Just Blazing through the holidays with Kente trim

Brand Focus: RuvaAfricWear – A brand that’s blossomed since 2015, with a range of products to wear & cherish. ‘Ruva’ means Flower, deriving from the Bantu languages, native to the Shona people from Zimbabwe – but for those of you from or familiar with Zimbabwe, of course you’ll already know …

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Sporty autumn looks – light and fun

Brand Focus: RolaReefa is combines comfort and casual clothing for men & women. Describing themselves as the ‘lifestyle destination for conscious consumers’, each piece in the collection represents the hard work of talented young people in Nairobi’s impoverished areas. RolaReefa provides opportunities that allows young people to improve the livelihood …

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Make a statement in black and yellow

Brand focus: BournLondon specialise in handmade designs to order for men & women. Their clothing and accessories, are shipped from their London studios and available through Etsy’s online marketplace.   Bourn London Ltd | Ankara Print Pants £58 Barüch | Selected Femme Dynella Blouse in Black £30 Walt Disney + Melissa Shoes …

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Give in to a pastel persuasion

Brand Focus: Sosome Pronounced so-so-me, Sosome is an independent, fashion-conscious label for consumers seeking high quality fashion that outlasts short term trends. Sosome offers a collection of ankara tops, skirts, dresses and gowns – as well as jumpsuits – to cater for women of all sizes. Sophisticated contemporary silhouettes have …

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Bold in blue, or white, for you

Brand Focus: Lolaster, based in USA Texas, sell their matching separates and dresses via Etsy. If you’re needing a splash of colour for your wardrobe, but you’re not ready for the transition to traditional autumn colours just yet, then they have a good selection of bright bold prints for you to blend …

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Chocolate lime with a beige offset

Brand Focus: Sika is inspired by the rich and diverse culture of Ghana, West Africa. Fabrics are selected in local Ghanaian markets and hand-made using natural methods, creating exclusive limited prints. Each piece defines an area in West Africa’s vast textile landscape, using traditional fabrics such as tie dye, batik’s …

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FunkyNchunky with My Asho slacks

Brand focus: My Asho & Funky N Chunky My Asho is a London-based online market place that brings together the best designs from Africa and across the globe, to create a unique shopping experience. The main My Asho site specialises in luxury pieces, while My Asho Market has a reputation for fun, …

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Peplum bodice for a stunning summer look

Brand Focus: Aya Morrison Aya Morrison fashion line is one of the pioneering fashion brands in Ghana. Catering for the modern women, looking for quality, colour and style, fitting a cross section of budgets. From day, evening to beachwear they have you covered. Want beach & swimwear – their Original & Signature …

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Hot heels with angular cut Ankara dress

Brand Focus: Gitas Portal Established in 2011, Gitas portal is a London based fashion brand specialising in ready to wear apparel and accessories. With their tag line of Be bold, WIN, Wear colour, Gitas portal creates pieces that will transition you from day wear to event wear. You can purchase …

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Christie Brown – designs straight out of Ghana

Founded in 2008, Christie Brown is a Ghanaian based luxury women’s fashion brand that aims is to satisfy the stylish urge of “that modern woman who seeks a true taste of Africa”. PICHULIK founded in 2012, is inspired by ”the intimate relationship women have with jewellery”. This gorgeous mustard yellow peplum blouse and pencil …

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Threads Around The Web – ASOS Africa

With over 80,000 branded and specialist items available through its online store, ASOS is one of the busiest fashion hubs on the web today. Seven years ago it partnered with SOKO, a socially responsible clothing manufacturer from Kenya, to create ASOS Africa. Produced in Kenya’s Rukinga Wildlife Sanctuary, SOKO provides employment to underprivileged communities, supports female …

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Spring/Summer trends for fashionistas and stylistas

Right now, London’s weather hardly inspires anyone to look beyond their winter wardrobe but – technically – Spring is here. It officially started on 1st March, but was marked by a combination of damp conditions and the weatherman warning that temperatures will dip close to zero next week. Forecasters are predicting …

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Kampala Fair and Selfi – perfect for cocktail hour

Are you wishing you were on a Caribbean island sipping a cold cocktail, instead of experiencing 13 degrees or less of cold weather? If so this Ugandan made, Pencil shift dress by Kampala Fair, from Sapelle  at £38.00 is just what the doctor ordered. Classically cut, figure flattering and vibrant bringing …

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