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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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Seychelles fashion – influenced by sun, song and sensuality

Lying a few degrees south of the equator, in the Western Indian Ocean, Seychelles enjoys temperatures in the 24-32°C range and there is no dry season. April is generally the month with the warmest weather and a drop in wind speed. As the smallest African country, with a population of …

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Model Focus – Jainaba Fofana from Gambia

It’s been a long journey from the market town of Farafenni, near the Gambian border with Senegal, to the London catwalk, but that is the kind of journey that Jainaba Fofana has successfully completed. Africa Fashion managed to catch up with her at a recent charity event, courtesy of the Black Afro …

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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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Bunny Chow – South African Restaurant Review

Filling bread with hot food, so you ‘eat the plate’ after you complete the main course is nothing new, but Bunny Chow gives this whole way of eating an interesting South African spin. It dates back to hard times in Durban when poor people could not afford cutlery and crockery. Today’s concept …

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Passionate plea by Lisette Mibo – Passion For Motherland

There are a lot of good causes in the world. That said, you’re unlikely to have more fun with a small donation than you are with Passion For Motherland on Friday 21st August at 6pm in Hackney Town Hall. Africa Fashion caught up with founder Lisette Mibo at Kensington Olympia …

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In Conversation with DeeJay Homeboy at AFWL 2015

It’s impossible to imagine a fashion show without a great soundtrack. Bringing all of the designers to life at Africa Fashion Week 2015 was DJ Homeboy with a fantastic blend of tracks – from Afro Beats to Gospel. We caught up with him during a break in the action. They …

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