Buy African: Beaded Jewellery from Sidai Designs

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I came across beaded jewellery by Sidai Designs at a Shake the Dust stall during the Open the Gate African market at Old Spitalfields. I loved the different spin on Maasai-inspired jewellery and the quality finishing.

Sidai Designs collaborates with Maasai women in Tanzania who use recycled materials to create the handmade

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Buy African: Merchants on Long – Africa’s First Concept Store

 

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Exclusively stocking design produced in Africa, Merchants on Long is very high on my list for when I eventually visit Cape Town. It’s really exciting to see how the brand has expanded to now include…

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Buy African: Eva Sonaike Furniture, Home Decor & Fashion Accessories

African Furniture Decor Eva Sonaike

 

As much as I like prints in vibrant colours – I find Eva Sonaike’s latest collection of prints very refreshing. An almost pastel colour palette but far from dainty; these designs pack enough punch and there’s no mistaking the African inspiration behind them!

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Interview with Sustainable Fashion Entrepreneur, Annegret Affolderbach of Choolips

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Last week I had the pleasure of finally meeting Annegret Affolderbach, the founder of London-based womenswear label, Choolips, in person. 

Having featured Choolips designs on the blog before, it was great to meet the amazing woman behind the brand. Annegret's passion for what she's doing – championing high quality craftsmanship; reviving ancient textile traditions; empowering the local artisans and entrepreneurs behind them; operating with small water and carbon footprints – is infectious. She is a rebel, in the best sense of the word, on a mission to make the world a better place. With exquisite style and beautiful stories. Yes, we can have all this!

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Buy African: Geometrical Accessories from Soko

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Online store, Soko, sells handcrafted jewellery made by artisans in emerging economies, using natural and upcycled materials. They "fashion a better world" through craft, technology and trade. I'm loving the technological angle – leveraging the fact that online sales overtook retail sales years ago and leveraging how empowering mobile money has been in Africa. An apparent win-win for everybody.

I'm also enjoying the bold geometric nature of the accessories above from Soko's 'Kenyan collection'.  

Watch the animation below for the Soko model. I'm looking forward to checking them out at PURE London today.

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13 of your Favourite Afri-love Posts in 2013

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I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all for reading these posts and engaging with me. I'm so happy that this blog has given me a platform to meet so many incredible people; to be continuously inspired and; to share the sometimes tough, but always enlightening, lessons that business and life in general throw my way. I look forward to more great discoveries and learning, new relationships and further exchange in 2014!

For this year's round-up, I've decided to do things a little bit different and feature the posts that were most popular each month. Enjoy.

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Inspired: Adele Dejak Clothing and Interiors

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Adele Dejak is one of my favourite entrepreneurs because the woman is constantly innovating. Whether it's perfecting or incorporating new craftsmanship techniques; creating new fashion accessory collections; branching out into clothing and interiors; collaborating with all manner of artists, designers, photographers and; the list goes on and on and on. 

Her vision, energy and determination are extremely inspiring. 

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Buy African: My Miry Shoes

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My Miry is a footwear and accessories brand and brainchild of designer Sara Coulibaly (My Miry translates as 'my thoughts' in the Malinké dialect of Ivory Coast). The brand recently relaunched with the "Precious" collection, featuring 13 unique shoe designs incorporating premium leather, Ankara fabrics. My mum and I picked our favourites to showcase today. From top: Crystal, Amber, Moonstone, Emerald and Onyx.

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Buy African: Wild, Exotic and Opulent Accessories by Pichulik

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The Pichulik brand consists of exciting, "wild neckpieces" and other exotic jewellery and accessories. They are made by self-described cook, creator and jewel maker, Katherine-Mary Pichulik, in Cape Town.

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Buy African: Shoes and Bags from South of Africa

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Fun with colour, texture and wax print patterns on these shoes and bags from accessories brand, South of Africa, made by Zimbabwe-native, Fikile Dube. Take a look at more designs and buy South of Africa accessories, on Etsy.

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