A blog about the influence of the African Diaspora on Fashion.

IKEA’s Africa collection is hitting stores May 2019

ÖVERALLT = Everywhere is the name of the long-awaited collection by IKEA in collaboration with several African Designers. The sneak peek has me excited, and I need to get my hands on the rug as well as the bench. The limited edition includes larger pieces of furniture, tableware, textiles, and a sustainable tote bag, to…

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Third Culture Kids – by Atong Atem

South Sudanese photographer Atong Atem creates with her studio series an homage to African Studio photography. Living in Australia, she placed her friends into the context of elements from their culture/heritage, that they have been displaced from. In her own words: ‘There is something important about being able to take our icons and visual language…

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Interview with interior designer Nana Amu: Loving the space you live in!

Nana AmuAPiF: Please introduce yourself. Nana Amu: I am a Ghanaian global nomad, an eclectic mix of cultural and creative influences. My father was a diplomat, representing Ghana in various countries around the world. I was exposed to a rich tapestry of cultures and variety of art forms in Australia, Italy and the UK where I…

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Trending: Traveling Africa

Travel AfricaTraveling Africa is trending. In the last two years, I have noticed travel groups and organizations popping up that are focused on delivering a unique Africa travel experience.  Several of these travel groups are black-owned, which is great! They all emphasize different aspects: some are about diving into he glitz and glam of big African…

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Black Icons: “Re-envisioning the ancestors through visual art”

visual artA couple of weeks ago I went to a Pop-up by “Colored Girls Hustle” in Brooklyn. At the event I came across the visual artist Makeba “KEEBS” Rainey and her beautiful collages of Black Icons.  Find out more about the artist whose purpose is to “create art for Black People”.   APiF: Please introduce your…

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Interview with Chapstudios: “Africans telling their African stories”

chapstudiosMeet Chapstudios, a young brand from South Africa. Its 22-year-old founder Thandazani Nofingxana is using his Xhosa heritage as inspiration for his designs. Thandazani beliefs that it is about time that young Africans are telling their own stories – and he wants to accomplish this through his designs.     APiF: Please introduce yourself. Chapstudios:…

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Sarep Rose: “Not here to reinforce linear notions of ‘African’ aesthetics”

Sarep Rose  APiF: Please introduce who you are Sarep Rose: I’m Robin. I currently live in New York but grew up in London.   APiF: What motivated you to start your brand Sarep Rose? Sarep Rose: I was disillusioned with life after graduation and I wanted to do something fun and completely different to my ‘day…

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The rise of “Made in Nigeria”: Interview with Fashion Brand Besida

Interview BesidaAPiF: Please introduce who you are. Besida: I’m Sophia O. I am the Founder and Creative Director of Besida.   APiF: What motivated you to start your brand? Besida: Mainly because I wanted to manufacture and increase exports from Nigeria. We are a nation full of resources, but we lack opportunity. I’m confident that it…

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Repping Africa & African Cities

Repping AfricaAfrica is home to the fastest growing cities. By 2050, cities like Lagos and Kinshasa and Cairo will be global mega cities, each holding over 30 million inhabitants. More and more brands are repping Africa – by representing African cities, African countries and the continent overall on their designs. Out of pride for their heritage,…

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Sindiso Khumalo: Telling stories through watercolors and prints

I have been a fan of Sindiso Khumalo’s designs since her very first collection in 2014. Her prints used to be dominated by repeated triangles in different sizes – a nod back to the Ndebele culture in South Africa. Triangles and geometric shapes are still there in some designs, but not as dominant as in…

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APiF’s Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift GuideCheck-out my curated Holiday Gift Guide. Besides Summer, the Holidays are my favorite season. I love decorating my place festive, bake Christmas Cookies ( I make my own dough, no ready-made cookie dough in my kitchen) and listen to cheesy Christmas songs (yes everyone who stops by gets tortured with them). My family stopped gifting…

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Consistency of Excellence: Duro Olowu SS18

Duro Olowu SS18New collection, same designs? What I like about Duro Olowu is, that new collections are never completely different – there are always recognizable elements. Shapes like the beautiful dresses and prints, the overall aesthetic is repeated. Why not repeat what works? There are always some trendy elements – like for example the balloon sleeves –…

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L’Artisane: The return of the Boubou

boubouThe boubou is a traditional, formal attire from West Africa. The garment when worn at festivities or important events – the “grand boubou” – is usually decorated and embroidered. Inspired by her grandfather’s stories and images, L’Artisane took the traditional garment and gave it a contemporary twist. By mixing aspects of the past with the…

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Artist Evans Mbugua: “Prints as Means of Communication”

PrintsInterview with artist Evans Mbugua about the influence of prints in his work, how growing up in Nairobi inspired him and the necessity of Social Media for artists. APiF: Please introduce yourself. Evans Mbugua: I’m Evans Mbugua, an artist designer from Nairobi living in Paris. APiF: A lot of your art incorporates prints – why is…

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10 Ghanaians You Should Know

Ghanaians you should knowMaybe I am biased. Okay I guess I am, but recently it felt like I am noticing a lot of Ghanaians doing their thing and being innovators, creative leaders, disruptors and entrepreneurs. Obviously, there are lots of Kenyans, South Africans, Senegalese and Nigerians etc. doing their thing, too. I just felt like shining a light…

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