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

10 Ghanaians You Should Know

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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Contemporary Africa: Meet the Interior Design Brand Ilé-Ilà

Contemporary Africa: Meet the Interior Design Brand Ilé-Ilà

interior designArticle by Nana Spio-Garbrah     Ilé-Ilà is a new interior design brand launched by architect turned product designer Tosin Oshinowo. The brand, meaning House of Lines in Yoruba, is a marriage between Tosin’s architectural aesthetic and her Nigerian culture. Ilé-Ilà seeks to be an influencer of contemporary Africa, evolving beyond what is associated with…

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What’s Trending? Baskets!

What’s Trending? Baskets!

basketsLet me put all my eggs into one basket and tell you: Baskets are trending this season. Actually no, not just this season, this is already turning into the year of the basket! It has been a while that people got so excited about woven elephant grass and raffia – myself included. One of the…

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My List of Summer Essentials

My List of Summer Essentials

As Summer is finally here I put together a list of Summer Essentials. It is June, so the weather really has no excuses left. We expect sun and blue sky every day now until September 🙂 I haven’t had the time yet to completely update my wardrobe and pack away all the winter clothes. But…

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“I aim to surprise myself” – Interview with furniture designer Jean Servais Somian

“I aim to surprise myself” – Interview with furniture designer Jean Servais Somian

Interview by Nana Spio-Garbrah African design is exploding across the continent and slowly transcending the fashion industry into other areas of the lifestyle space namely home wares and interior design. African aesthetics are both intriguing and beguiling and I am happy to share with you a blueprint to African living. Find out more about African…

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My Fave: The Off-Shoulder Look

My Fave: The Off-Shoulder Look

Off-shoulder styles were a trend you just couldn’t ignore or escape from last year. Blouses, tops and dresses with elastic top lines; long sleeves, half sleeves, no sleeves; with ruffles or without ruffles – you name it, it exists. I must admit: I am a fan and not mad at all that off-shoulders will also…

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NBW: Digital Magazine for Black Millennials

NBW: Digital Magazine for Black Millennials

I know Chayet the founder of Nothing But the Wax – NBW since a couple of years and I am so impressed by what she has created: Initially a blog about African fashion, NBW has become a platform for black millennials, focusing on Fashion, Beauty, Culture, Politics mixed...

Sawa Shoes – Sneakers Made in Africa

Sawa Shoes – Sneakers Made in Africa

Sneakers Made in Africa? Mehdi Slimani set out to make his vision a reality. Initially from the finance world with no real knowledge of the shoe business, he quit his job and started to get his feet wet in the shoe business by gathering experience as a Junior Footwear...

IKEA is planning an Africa Collection

IKEA is planning an Africa Collection

IKEA, the Swedish powerhouse for modern, affordable furniture and home accessories, will launch their first Africa Collection in 2019.  To bring this collection to life, IKEA is partnering with 12 top designers from the African continent. Among them creative brands that I love like Selly Raby Kane, Sindiso Khumalo and Maxhosa by Laduma. IKEA’s Africa…

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Just like Birds: New Swimwear by Andrea Iyamah

Just like Birds: New Swimwear by Andrea Iyamah

Frustrated with your swimwear from last year and looking for a new inspiration? Look no further! Nigerian designer Andrea Iyamah just launched her 2017 swimwear collection and it is absolutely stunning. The designer is known for her eye-catching campaigns, but this one is definitely my favorite. It is elegant, vibrant, beautiful and has at the…

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From Juice to Fashion: Maison Château Rouge

From Juice to Fashion: Maison Château Rouge

What Brixton is for London and Harlem is for New York City – Château Rouge is for Paris: a neighborhood where African migrants have settled – not just residentially but also commercially. Many food and textile stores, hairdressers, tailors, a ton of mobile phone stores, restaurants – you name it. A brand that celebrates the… [ Read more ]

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Interview with Illustrator Daveia Odoi: “I feel unstoppable – in a good way”

Interview with Illustrator Daveia Odoi: “I feel unstoppable – in a good way”

APiF: Please introduce yourself & your business Daveia Odoi: My name is Daveia Odoi and I’m the owner and illustrator for The DynaSmiles by DNT (www.thedynasmiles.com). I also offer branding services through my company DNT Dynamite Design (www.dntdynamite.com).   APiF: What is your professional background? Daveia: I was a professional graphic designer for a fortune… [ Read more ]

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Interview with 54 Kingdoms: Putting some Soul into Socks

Interview with 54 Kingdoms: Putting some Soul into Socks

APiF: Please introduce yourself. 54 Kingdoms: My name is Nana Poku, and I’m the founder & CEO of 54 Kingdoms. And I’m Kwaku Awuah, President of Operations at 54 Kingdoms. APiF: Your latest product are socks – why socks? 54 Kingdoms: Besides being huge fans of colorful socks we wanted to push our creative envelope… [ Read more ]

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