Thursday 15th of April 2021

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Nike Kondakiss Upcycled Parachute Fashions Help Educate Maasai Girls

Nike Kondakiss Upcycled Parachute Fashions Help Educate Maasai Girls

Nike Kondakis isn't your everyday designer. For several years, the Kenya-based artist has been redesigning her multipurpose, conceptual looks using a combination of upcycled parachutes, cruelty-free peace silk, wood from fallen trees, and other found objects. Bolstered by a three-year stint studying responsible entrepreneurship at Kaospilot in her native Europe, Kondakis's eponymous label boasts a strong ethical conscience. Besides paying the people she works with a fair price her yarns are hand-spun and organically dyed in coffee, tea, and turmeric ...

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Three Kenyan Fashion designers join the Ethical Fashion Initiative

Three Kenyan Fashion designers join the Ethical Fashion Initiative

The programme will also help build brand value by helping each business understand investment, develop strategies for maximising brand equity, build a funding proposition and market themselves as an attractive investment proposition to angel investors or VC funds. Each designer will finish off the accelerator with an opportunity to pitch themselves to investors at a networking event.

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Can Made in Africa Transform the Continent’s Leather Industry to the Next Level?

Can Made in Africa Transform the Continent’s Leather Industry to the Next Level?

The potential is there, but plenty of work remains to be done. “To grow Africa’s leather industry, tanners and manufacturers cannot focus solely on getting Western designers and luxury houses to use their leather,” says Stephenson of Sandstorm Kenya, who has sat on Kenya’s Leather Development Council. “They must also make themselves accessible to African designers and brands who can tell and celebrate an authentic story of African artisanship from cattle, sheep and goat origins to the finished ...

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Zuri, The Kenyan Label With A Beautiful African Aesthetic Is Finding Following Europe and Asia

Zuri, The Kenyan Label With A Beautiful African Aesthetic Is Finding Following Europe and Asia

New York-based designer Sandra Zhao didn’t want something hassle-free while traveling, something that could fit into a modern or conservative environment. So she designed a tunic-style dress that’s snug around the shoulders and loose around the rest of the body. It’s got a full skirt, long sleeves, and the entire garment can be buttoned up through the front, up to a smart collar. When Ashleigh Miller, another New Yorker bumped into Zhao at a wedding with this ...

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2021 is set to be a promising year for the fashionably forward

2021 is set to be a promising year for the fashionably forward

Despite the present situation, we as a nation find ourselves in, we are hopeful that fashion and the fun of dressing uplift Africa’s mood and inspires her people to never give up hope. We’re glad to be encouraging fashion trends that involve a bit of color therapy too!

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