Browsing All Posts filed under »Crafts«

R’ashion – Recycled Fashion in Zambia – Project PROFILE

January 8, 2012


I initially came across Taryn Hipwell through a social networking site and loved her project from the beginning as it has brought environmental issues of waste reduction in Africa and fashion together in one place as well as education. Taryn is originally from Pittsburgh, PA, where she grew up climbing trees, planting flowers and re-designing […]

Berg Publishers presents Africa

December 22, 2011


‘Africa’ is a single reference volume on dress and fashion in this region. The volume was originally part of the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, which explores, in 760 articles and 3.6 million words, the dressed and adorned body across cultures and throughout history. The ten volumes have been made available individually for the first […]

Live, Love, Loza! – SS12 collection – Designer PROFILE

December 19, 2011


Loza Maléombho is a women’s ready to wear clothing line based in New York with women empowerment, social and economic trades in West Africa. Set up by Brazilian born Loza Maléombho, who is of Ivorian and Central African origins, in 2009. Loza was raised in Abidjan, Côte-d’Ivoire (West Africa) and in 2000 she moved to the […]

The Sustainable Angle of Future Fabrics – Sourcing EVENT

November 28, 2011


The Sustainable Angle is a not for profit organisation creating and supporting projects which aim to minimize the environmental impact of industry and society. The current projects of The Sustainable Angle are: Future Fabrics Expo Please save the date for the Future Fabrics Expo organized by The Sustainable Angle and hosted by the London College of […]

Osei-Duro – Vancouver and LA to Accra – Designer PROFILE

November 14, 2011


OSEI-DURO was created by Maryanne Mathias, an independent designer and marketing teacher from Vancouver, Canada; and LA based costume stylist Molly Keogh as a one-time experiment of design and production in a completely unknown place: Ghana, West Africa. They both have high regard and a love for quality details, unusual and uncommon textiles, and above all clothing that makes […]

East Africa Designer Gift Fair EVENT

November 8, 2011


Africa Designers in Development, ADiD, will be organizing the East Africa Designer Gift Fair from 23rd to 24th November 2011 at the Village market, Nairobi. This particular event seeks to showcase designer gift items from bags to jewelry, paintings, clothes, fashion accessories and everything in between. The Gift fair comes soon after the much successful […]

Ethik-All PR & Fee Uhssi present FAIRETAIL and Bolo’no Mali

November 6, 2011


FAIRETAIL is a new concept show, aiming to highlight upcoming creative & innovative talents in ethical fashion, arts, music and businesses. After a successful first edition in July 2011 at Open the Gate in East London, Fairetail returned with a very rich line up, an exciting blend of performances bursting with flavours with influences from […]

African Ethical Designer – José Hendo Wins Radical Designer Award

October 31, 2011


Essex based designer José Hendo, whose studio is based in Tottenham North London, was awarded the Radical Designer Award after an extensive judging process at the Noble Suite, Novotel London Hotel, St. Pancras on the 29th October 2011. The Radical Designer Award is one of two Awards given by The Fashion Designers & Crafts (FDC) […]

Source Expo 2011 – TRADESHOW Review

October 30, 2011


The Ethical Fashion Forum Source Expo 2011 edition was held in Sadler’s Wells on the 17th and 18th of October and brought together suppliers, producers, designers, and industry professionals all working towards a more sustainable fashion industry. Source Expo is the worlds first and only fashion industry trade show dedicated to ethical sourcing and gives […]

Fairtrade Pioneers – soleRebels – Shoes for Heart and Soul

October 27, 2011


This year, TEDx a non-profit events organisation devoted to “ideas worth sharing”, and bringing together Technology, Entertainment and Design, collaborated for the first time with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to bring a truly inspiring conference to Geneva on the 13th of October 2011. This conference brought together forward thinking individuals who “shared their endeavours and insights (scientific, adventurous, artistic or […]

Africa’s Change makers: The Global Bag Project

October 24, 2011


Let us introduce you to the Global Bag Project; a Kenyan based brand producing re-usable, sustainable, fashionable and a good cause to boot. The bags are re-usable thanks to the traditional Khanga cloth it is produced with. Khanga is a light cotton known to Central and East Africa used for mainly female dress and is usually […]

Adèle Dejak – African Aso-oke and Eco Recycled Bags – Designer PROFILE

October 22, 2011


Adèle Dejak is a  brand-new dynamic brand that has its roots in the heart of Kenya. Here, stunning cutting-edge contemporary designs are created for all those stylish women looking for unique, contemporary accessories. Adèle has been in business for five years and it’s almost been 3 years since the opening of her first boutique store, […]

UniquEco Recycled Beach Sandals – from Plastic to Fashion

October 22, 2011


UniquEco is a brand that seeks to collect old flip-flops, unwanted pieces of plastic or tyres, and recycle them into unique handmade pieces. Local artisans cut beads or shapes out of the material to create the artwork. These products are then sold at a variety of places; to tourists, residents at local shops, craft fairs […]

Florie’s AFRICAN Sand Jewellery

October 19, 2011


Few of us would believe that the intricate and delicate “Plastic Gold” jewellery, created by Saharawi refugees who live in a remote corner of the Algerian desert, is made from recycled plastic bottles using only hot sand, a knife and a drawing nail board. This technique and the tools that are needed were designed by […]

African Fashion Scarves for the Winter Months

October 10, 2011


We have noticed a movement within African fashion to include accessories and in particular scarves and not just for the winter season. We have spotted a few that we really love and wished to highlight to you as you prepare to wrap up for the winter months. Feeling a wee bit chilly don’t you think […]

African “beauty in the finest cloth” by Beshlie – Designer PROFILE

October 4, 2011


African fashion and textiles has been adopted by an ambitious young fashion designer who is working to improving the future of women across the world with her beautiful, ethical clothing and accessories. With a heritage that includes celebrated society artist William Shand-Kydd as her great-grandfather, Beshlie McKelvie combines her love of textiles and print with her skills as a […]