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: CHOOLIPS Diamond Petals Golden Coast Collection, Spring Summer 2013

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ASOS Africa

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I'm digging these pieces from the Africa collection at online fashion boutique, ASOS. ASOS Africa uses hand-woven fabric produced in Mombasa, Kenya, incorporating vibrant Kitenge prints from Tanzania and accessories from jewellery brand MADE. In collaboration with SOKO, Bedi and the Crochet Sisters, the collection provides employment to underprivileged communities in Kenya.

ASOS donates £5 from every collection item sold and matches each purchase with an additional £5 – all to help SOKO to build a new workshop.