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!

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Pins of the Week: Eclectic Global Boho Chic

That mouthful of a title summarises much of what visually turns me on. I think of an abundance of pattern, colour, prints – and wacky combinations of all three! Despite the diversity of traditions and design output, I think it’s interesting to note the similarities when you look at Africa, Asia and Latin America. Similarities in feel and creative energy – i.e. something rather intangible – perhaps, more than anything else.

 

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Follow me on Pinterest for more eclectic global boho chic.

 

Pins – left-right, from top: Photo by Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou; fashion from Abacaxi NYC; skirt from Abacaxi NYC; stylish dudes; prints galore; backpack; chairs; men’s top from Jekkah; Asos Africa outfit.

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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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Buy African: New Khanga-Inspired Fashion from Chichia London

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I'm loving these new vibrant prints and zany combinations from Chichia London, the fashion label of Tanzanian-born, London-based Christine Mhando.

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Inspired: Art and Fashion from CREATE.TURE

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CREATE.TURE is an art, apparel and accessories company founded by artist, Michelle Robinson. Inspired by art and fashion, Michelle's designs often include seductive female forms and nudes, explosive color palettes and intricate patterns. 

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Camille Walala’s Ndebele-Inspired Prints

Camille Walala Tribalala Wall Print

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UK designer Camille Walala creates tribal pop prints in ludicrous colours. Her prints find homes on textiles, ceramics, furniture and more. I'm digging her Tribalala series of prints and cushions, inspired by Ndebele wall paintings.

Images via Darkroom, where you can purchase Camille's prints and cushions.

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