OP-ED: La Sape Congolaise, The Fashion Makers.

8th August 2019 BY Ivis Ngwenya

La Sape’ is a lifestyle built on a simple set of values: dress sharp, act with integrity and inspire others. A Congolese sapeur is a happy man even if he does not eat, because wearing proper clothes feeds the soul and gives pleasure to the body. The current wave of African artists and creatives is pioneered by creative inspiration that is simply not…

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What has made African Fashion a phenomenon?

4th July 2019 BY Ivis Ngwenya

From my previous blog posts, I’m pretty sure that we can all tell that Africa has influenced western fashion for as long as it has existed. A multitude of African traditions have been used as a rich source of inspiration; Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Jean Paul Gaultier, Comme des Garcons and many others have been inspired by the…

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LVMH Prize Finalists Include Two African Designers

4th April 2019 BY Ivis Ngwenya

“The diversity and richness of the collections presented for the sixth edition of the LVMH Prize this year is a testament to these talented designers, making the decision of our 63 experts incredibly difficult,” noted Delphine Arnault on the LVMH Prize. Last week on Wednesday the 27th of March history was made yet again, LVMH announced the names of the…

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Industrie Africa: The Digital Answer to a Traditional Showroom

1st March 2019 BY Ivis Ngwenya

Industrie Africa is the answer to all of our problems. For years I have struggled to find good quality, talented African fashion brands that were more than just wax print motifs. Everyone knows that there is more to African Fashion than just Ankara print designs which is what Industrie Africa is trying to show the world. Named the “Wikipedia of African…

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Ebun Oladoye X Yomi Casual Collaborates for Afrocalypso Collection

17th January 2019 BY checkoutafrica

Emerging fashion brand Ebun Oladoye and ace designer Yomi Casual have lifted the veil on their collection termed Afrocalypso, highlighting different designs made with the indigo-dyed fabric called Adire. Shot by Ayo Alasi, the cast of the brands collaborative includes Yomi Makun of Yomi Casual and Nollywood actress/TV host Bridget Chigbufue modeling the unisex pieces. The Adire fabric which is…

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The Sp_ce: Lifestyle, Fashion and Design Concept Store

14th August 2017 BY Lerato Chiyangwa

The Sp_ce is a lifestyle, fashion and design concept store with an extension to a Turkish inspired shisha lounge that has a range of international tapas on the menu. Their boutique carries various products with a strong theme of contemporary Africa, with items ranging from clothing, beauty products, furniture, jewelry and other lifestyle items. By simply looking, you already feel…

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“Pidgin English” A newcomer In The Arena Of Streetwear Inspired By African Culture

2nd October 2015 BY checkoutafrica

  As a newcomer in the arena of streetwear inspired by African culture and influences the brand Pidgin English stands to strike a chord within the African diaspora. With such an intriguing name you can’t help but want to know more about the brand or be reminded of your favorite Pidgin phrase you use in your everyday lingo. The brand…

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