Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Autumn Ethnic Style Must-Have

The fashion season has officially arrived, which means it's time to start hunting down a gorgeous coat to keep you toasty through the winter months. We picked out our favourites African/African inspired designers.

 Blue Print Embellished Trench Coat £338.00 by Jewel by Lisa Buy

Olive Trench Coat by Christie Brown Ghana £220.00 Buy

Purple diamond and stripe ethnic tie front jacket. Afeminine long sleeved short jacket with nipped in waist and stud/eyelet detailing at the shoulder. Fabric 100% cotton £86 Buy

Stand out in true Royal splendor in this great sophisticated mac. Beautiful African Batik print motif. Graduated hem with mid length sleeves. Easily dressed up or down Only a limited number £120 Buy

Sika designs 100% cotton Mac jacket made in Ghana £130 Buy

Red Door Black/Red Cotton Trench (Hand printed, Sika Fabric). NOTE: Naana B. Clothing Collection not available for sale online. Inquiries? $250.00


Printed Blazer Tailored blazer by ASOS AFRICA, African inspired vibrant bold print Fitted shape with twin front pockets Only £35 Buy

Unique cotton abstract print jacket with a longer line shape and single button reminds us of cool Miami style. From Julia Smith MIA (Made In Africa) collection. only £59 Buy

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Nasimiyu Designs

A native of Kenya, Nasimiyu now resides in California where she pursues her dual passions of jewelry making and philanthropy. In 2003 she founded the born to aid foundation which helps needy children in her native village. A portion of the profits from her boutique are donated to the foundation, and her designs have been shown and sold at other charitable functions including a recent sale in collaboration with the Urban Zen Foundation, co-founded by designers Donna Karan and Sonja Nuttall.

Each of Nasimiyu jewelry pieces is one-of-a-kind, inspired and created by her, using African trade beads as well as other beads. The result is a work of art that carries with it a rich, historical culture and personal story, showing that the magical beauty of the whole is so much more than the sum of its parts. Nasimiyu unique jewelry designs continue to grow in popularity and have become favorites of celebrities including supermodel Christy Turlington and Patti Scialfa Springsteen, wife of "The Boss", rock legend Bruce Springsteen. For more information on Nasimiyu Designs, visit

Monday, 27 September 2010

Suno New York

Max Osterweis has had a successful year, after more than a decade of collecting textiles during visits to Kenya. The prospect that Kenya's recent post election turmoil might keep foreigners from visiting or investing in a country overflowing with natural resources, talent, and good will became the catalyst to actually do something with those collected fabrics. Building a successful and visible company that employs local Kenyan talent, treats workers fairly, and showcases some of Kenya's artistry, could potentially affect positive and lasting social and economic change. Suno Fall collection, while not the first, was the unofficial debut, and retailers and editors have done nothing but gush ever since. Rachel Bilson was snapped in a Suno bubble-skirted frock, view the pictures below:

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Ozwald Boateng

Ozwald Boateng has dressed the likes of Mick Jagger, Robbie Williams, jamie foxx, Will Smith and Barack Obama. But even though he is a Londoner, he has never shown at London Fashion Week - until now. 

Ozwald Boateng closed London Fashion Week in spectacular style with a 100-model showcase at the Leicester Square Odeon to celebrate 25 years in menswear and his casualwear debut. View the pictures below:

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