A few of my favourite things: Kenyan design brands

Nairobi this past November was a feast for the eyes, thanks to some of my favourite Kenyan design brands! I participated in several fairs which, gave me the opportunity to check out the great work of my peers.

The photos below were taken at Biz Baz, XmasBoX, Spring Valley Bazaar and the Ichyulu Pop Up at Zen Garden. This list is by no-means exhaustive!

I’m participating in 2 more events this year: a special Christmas evening at Nook Cafe on Thursday (14th December) and Pop-Up & Chill Handmaker’s Market, this Sunday (17th December). Come through to hang out, discover some new brands, and get your last-minute Christmas gifts and treats!

Seedling Kenya

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Seedling Kenya is a beautiful brand, run by a lovely couple, based in Kilifi. Featuring sustainable design, inspired by nature – the collection includes various products derived from the mighty baobab tree. I especially love their intricately embellished lamps!

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Afrodutch Paper Stone

Handmade home decor items and jewellery from recycled materials from Kenya. I love the monochrome palette and how their displays always incorporate lots of foliage!

Not only does Mandhari Plants & Design offer plants for gardens and construction projects, they can also create plant installations for your home, office or event, including vertical hanging gardens. I can’t wait to for the opportunity to commission one from them!

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Cookwell Jikos

A design company advocating for the sustainable production, management and utilization of wood fuels, as one of the many renewable energy resources for East Africa’s cooking needs. Made more compelling by their fun jiko designs, such as this fishy one.

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La Palette Decor

Handmade furniture & décor, made from recycled wooden pallets. I have a long wishlist for objects large and small from this business, based in Nanyuki. They take custom orders too!

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Unity Makers

Modern designer furniture – designed for the world, made in Kenya. I just discovered this brand and fell in love with their funky, unique designs.

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Madoido KE

Funky handmade furniture, promoting sustainable livelihoods too. Their colourful kitenge-covered chairs and benches are becoming quite iconic but, what I especially fell in love with is, their upcycled sewing machine tables.

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Ichyulu

A long-standing favourite (who also happens to be a branding client). Ichyulu is an online concept store offering select edits from African designers. You can always expect cutting-edge pieces you’ll want to own! I’m working on a monthly Ichyulu budget ;).

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Ami Doshi Shah / I AM I

Describing jeweller and silversmith, Ami Doshi Shah’s designs is as simple as: breathtaking! Here’s my mum modelling one of her pieces. I am so proud to finally own something from Ami’s collection. Hopefully the first of many.

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Adele Dejak

Style and substance for the multidimensional woman. I’ve long admired the work of Adele Dejak and previously collaborated with the brand (we helped coin their tagline: OWN YOUR STYLE). The eyes are always treated to a feast at an Adele Dejak set-up.

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Afrofanatic

Exploring life through Afro-shades. I’m really enjoying the collection of turbans – perfect for those inevitable bad hair days – and designer Ziki’s funky trousers and jacket silhouettes. Here she is in head-to-toe Afrofanatic.

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Chillimango

Bringing more coolness to the table is Afro-Urban Streetwear brand, Chillimango, featuring Quirky, Funky tees, our famous Khanga Hoodies & Sweatshirts, Khanga Pullovers & Beanies.

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Kangarui

Quirky animal prints, made with safari love. I love the explosion of colour and pattern found in designer Rui’s work. I’m especially loving her pocket tees – here, modelled by Rui herself. I also learned that “kanga” is the Swahili word for the guinea fowl bird which, is the subject of one of my favourite Kangarui prints.

Sandstorm Kenya

I love Sandstorm – the people, the ethos, the quality. I’m proud to have andstorm-kenya/”>collaborated on a line of bags with them and I’m looking forward to sharing some new things we are cooking together, in 2018.

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Suave Kenya

More streetsmart cool. Bags. Leather products. Accessories. Spaceships! I loved Suave’s presentation, complete with super cool music for a full brand experience.

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New Colony

New Colony is a design studio providing solutions across a whole spectrum of media, including printed products featuring principal, Barbara Muriungi Collett’s beautiful illustrations.

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Lulu Kitololo Studio

Last but not least, my own designs! I thoroughly enjoyed my second year exhibiting in Nairobi’s Christmas fairs. We launched some new products, including tea towels, mugs and temporary tattoos.

We have a special offer going, for the rest of 2017: 17% off everything. Take advantage at this week’s events – a special Christmas evening at Nook Cafe on Thursday (14th December) and Pop-Up & Chill Handmaker’s Market, this Sunday (17th December). You can also order online (or by emailing us: studio AT lulukitololo DOT com). Unfortunately, we are only delivering within Kenya, at this time. Last orders for Christmas by Wednesday 20th December.

 

 

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