Buy African: baby gift ideas, made in Africa

African Baby Gift Ideas

A baby gift list is something I had to put together recently, ahead of my baby shower-ish thing.

My little one is due any moment now and the Google and Instagram algorithms clearly know this as, I’m constantly coming across posts and pages to do with pregnancy and all things babies and motherhood (of course this is a reflection of my browsing history!).

If you’re looking for a beautiful and unique baby gift, here are just a few ideas, made in Africa, from some interesting brands…

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Buy African: Statement Necklaces

Accessories are this girl’s best friend. Drawing them, making them (way back in the day), working with people who design them and of course, wearing them! I love a good pair of dramatic earrings but, when it comes to really making a statement, nothing beats a fabulously bold necklace. These are a few on my wishlist (from top): Pichulik; Nyumbani Design; Mikuti; Pichulik; Dannijo; Christie Brown.

 

Images via the various online shops linked to above.

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Buy African: Who Said Beige Is Boring?

‘Beige’, as an adjective, often has negative connotations – boring, plain, unimaginative. When we think of African design, we often think of the opposite – a creative kaleidoscope of prints and colours. I thought it would be interesting to find some beautiful design pieces for the home, that prove that beige can indeed delight. It’s all about texture!

 

From top, left to right: Set of 3 Ghanaian baskets from Swahili African Modern; Zig Zag Gris mud cloth pillow from Proud Mary; Ecru Fleur a Joure crochet pillow from Proud Mary; Mali bull mask from Weylandts; ceramic crockery by Imiso; Senegalese sewing basket trio from Swahili African Modern; Moroccan leather pouf from Beyond Marrakech; Slat stool by Dokter and Misses; Magnet lounge chair by Vogel Design; Beni Ouarain carpet from Beyond Marrakech.

 

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Buy African: Men’s Shorts for Summer (Yevu + Laurence Airline)

I’m not sure how I feel about this menswear trend, especially the shorter and tighter the shorts get! Lus has been threatening to get some shorts to rock this summer so, in support, I’ve collated a few, from Yevu and from Laurence Airline, that I could possibly get down with. Just maybe …

Laurence Airline African Fashion Menswear Orange Turn Up Shorts

Yevu African Print Menswear Coat Shirt Shorts

Laurence Airline African Fashion Menswear Shorts Only

Yevu African Print Shorts Bomber Menswear

Laurence Airline African Fashion Menswear Yellow Shorts

Yevu African Print Shirt Shorts

Laurence Airline African Fashion Menswear Print Shorts

Yevu African Print Menswear Womenswear Fashion

Yevu do great pieces for women too!

Which are your favourites?

 

Photos via Yevu on Tumblr (I absolutely love the photography!) and via the Laurence Airline website.

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Inspired: Bestow Elan’s Ayawa Kente Weave

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I saw Erzumah Ackerson,  the designer behind fashion label Bestow Elan, in her amazing Ayawa Kente coat, at the launch for Jacqueline Shaw’s Fashion Africa book. I haven’t gotten it out of my mind since! Elegant, striking, memorable.

I had to share it with you, along with other pieces from the Bestow Elan ‘Glamour Dear!!!' collection.

Visit the Bestow Elan online shop here.
Images via the Bestow Elan Website.

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Buy African: Educational Rooti Dolls

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Rooti Dolls create multicultural dolls that can teach children many words and phrases in various African ethnic languages, including Twi, Ga, Ewe, Krobo, Shona, Ndebele, Bemba, Nyanja, Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, Afrikaans, Ijaw, Edo, Idoma, Tiv.

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Interview with Sustainable Fashion Entrepreneur, Annegret Affolderbach of Choolips

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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TGIF! with the London African African Music Festival 2013 (September 13th – 22nd)

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The eclectic and critically acclaimed London African Music Festival returns for an 11th instalment, running from September 13th – 22nd, across 11 venues. 

From Congolese soul to Senegalese rap; from Somali poet to Cuban band; afrobeat, jazz, blues and more. Seriously, it's going to be a hectic 10 days!

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Buy African: President for Life Boxer Shorts

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It's a first on Afri-love – underwear! And not just any kind of underwear but a line of premium boxer shorts for the gentlemen who are oft-neglected when it comes to posts on this here blog. Introducing President For Life. The brainchild of Egya Appiah, a Brooklyn-based self-described "corporate lawyer by day and merchant by night". Limited edition, handmade in Ghana by old-school master tailors, with cotton sourced from one of Ghana's oldest and most renowned companies. Sure to create a pleasant surprise with their vibrant colours and prints!

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SIGNATURES – Featuring Ghana’s Creatives: Animator & Illustrator Gyimah Gariba

 

"SIGNATURES" is  a new video series by Jason Nicco-Annan, dedicated to promoting and encouraging Ghana's local and international creatives.

In the first episode above, animator and illustrator Gyimah Gariba talks about his influences, inspirations and aspirations.

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