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A Brief History on The Congolese Sapeurs

A Brief History on The Congolese Sapeurs

THE ART OF LA SAPE A La Sape enthusiast is called a Sapeur and the movement is called Sapeurism (La Sapologe). La Sape is an abbreviation based on the phrase Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes (loosely translated to Society of Ambiance-Makers and Elegant People). Sapeurism is a cult-like love for extravagant fashion and style amongst the – mostly…

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Hub of Africa Fashion Week 2022

Hub of Africa Fashion Week 2022

Hub of Africa Fashion Week (HAFW) was created with the understanding that there is a need for an event that can highlight the growing talent of African designers and brands to the international market. The philoso­phy of the company is to be the event that can create a linkage amongst different sectors in the growing garment industry in Africa, while…

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Kenyan Designer to Watch: KEPHA MAINA

Kenyan Designer to Watch: KEPHA MAINA

Kepha Maina established his label by the same name in 2013. Focusing on ready-to-wear and high-fashion, he draws inspiration from visual artists such as Ibrahim el-Salahi, the renowned Sudanese painter and leading modernist figure. Kepha has had four key fashion showcases that have gotten international attention, and his next collection drops in September 2022. He says there is a slick,…

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Kenyan Designer to Watch: MOHAMED AWALE

Kenyan Designer to Watch: MOHAMED AWALE

Mohamed Awale of Rummage Studios [formerly Suave Studios] has established himself as one of the most exciting brands in Nairobi’s flourishing fashion scene. He takes discarded fabrics and turns them into items such as backpacks, messenger bags and smaller goods like wallets and passport holders. Awale draws inspiration from Gikomba, a huge, sprawling, open-air second-hand clothes market in Nairobi, the…

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African Fashion Makes Its Way to British Museum Show

African Fashion Makes Its Way to British Museum Show

The dashiki, a part of the Intsinzi Collection from Rwanda design studio, Moshions, first appeared on a catwalk in Kigali five years ago and is now part of a visually stunning exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum entitled ‘Africa Fashion’. These and many more garments have made their way to the acclaimed museum. The exhibition includes fashion pieces that…

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THE African Heritage Models

THE African Heritage Models

African Heritage became the epitome of art and culture in Africa through their exquisite works of art, jewellery inspirations and African inspired fashion. In the 70’s, there were a couple of European designers in Kenya making modern clothes for the European community. They would, from time to time, hold fashion shows for their clients, using only European models, but not…

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