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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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: 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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Inspired: Nyumbani Design Accessories

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Nyumbani Design jewellery is inspired by the beauty and colours of the Swahili coast. Handcrafted by skilled artisans in Tanzania, using locally-sourced wood from indigenous trees, no two of the playful pieces are the same. For every wooden piece you buy, a tree will be planted in Tanzania to restore and support the plantation of trees in rural communities.

You can purchase the items shown here from Darkroom.

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Adele Dejak + Katungulu Mwendwa: Tribe Hotel Fashion Pop Up Shop

Fashion designers Adele Dejak and Katungulu Mwendwa have partnered up for a pop up shop at Nairobi's Tribe Hotel, open until March 14th. I love how both designers draw from African culture and traditions of adornment and dress, in creating their exquisite accessories and clothing. Here are a few of their pieces that I'm digging right now.

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Clothing by Katungulu Mwendwa, shoes and jewellery by Adele Dejak.

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Inspired: Architecture & Jewellery – Shompole Lodge and the Shompole Collection


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Shompole is a luxury eco-lodge on the Nguruman Escarpment in Kenya. I haven't yet been to Shompole (note the "yet" – it's on the list of places I must go see!) but I'm fascinated by the open architecture, dissolving the boundaries between outside and in. I imagine that it is at once exhilarating and humbling (the vulnerability of being immersed in the so-called wilderness).

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African Inspiration on Pinterest: The Necklace is All

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I love the power of a big dramatic necklace. No further fuss or embellishment required! Here are a couple from my "Accessory Mad" board on Pinterest. 

What's your go-to accessory?

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Images: Left – found via Rockin That Bling. Right – found via the Akiiki blog.