Natalie Kimani

Sifiso
SIFISO SHANGE: The Zulu Modernist on Preserving and Progressing Culture through Design
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“History is not most probable in written traditions and tales of the past but can be conveyed through contemporary Art.” ~ David Nkusi - writer, cultural heritage analyst Sifiso Shange is a South African creative that goes by many titles....
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LEAP YEAR: The RTW Clothing Lovingly Made In Uganda
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Launched in 2013, Leap Year is a clothing brand made and based in Uganda. It is the premier product from Asali Designs; a company formed by Pamela Kahwa to manifest her dreams and aspirations within the fashion industry. Although Pamela...
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ÉKÉTÉ
ÉKÉTÉ: The Ethical Nigerian Brand Big On Traditional Craftsmanship
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Launched in April 2018, Ékété is an accessories brand that made its fashionable introduction with intricately woven basket bags. While they exude the essence of blissful holiday, rooted at its core is rich culture and a fervent appreciation for ethical...
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Nifemi Marcus Bello
NIFEMI MARCUS-BELLO: Form, Function & User Centred-Design
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Meet Nifemi Marcus-Bello, an industrial designer from Nigeria who creates products around the people using and making them. You may know him from his internationally acclaimed Tebur (pronounced tay-boo). A flat-pack table that is functional, lightweight and portable. His prowess...
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DAVID KRYNAUW: Made In SA Furniture Whose Secret Is In The Method
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There’s something fascinating about David Krynauw’s work.  Our first introduction to the Johannesburg-based furniture designer was a peculiar cabinet known as the Ou Kas. Filled with a disposition, it sparked a conversation and recollections of epic fantasies akin to The...
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odAOMO
odAOMO: On Statement Pieces, Sustainability, and Giving Back
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odAOMO, which is ‘The House of Aomo’ in the Luo language, is an eco-friendly and ethically handcrafted brand made in Kenya. Founded by Dr. Sophia Aomo Omoro, the brand was officially launched in the USA in August 2014 and most...
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87ORIGINS
87ORIGINS: Nigerian Brand Filling The Wardrobe Essentials Void
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Statement pieces are great, but what are you supposed to wear for the other 300 plus days of the year? You still need a visually appealing day-to-day selection, which is sophisticated and functional, as well as, relaxed and uncontrived. 87ORIGINS...
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Mangishi Doll
MANGISHI DOLL (MD): The Afro-Eclectic Print Queen
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Made in Zambia, Mangishi Doll (MD) is a contemporary, ready to wear line that embraces bold prints and vibrant styles. Founder and fashion designer, Kapasa Musonda, unique selling point is her ability to effortlessly fuse vibrant and authentic prints and...
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Interdependence II MBOISA 2019 Winner
And the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa (MBOISA) 2019 is…
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The Interdependence II bench by Houtlander is the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa (MBOISA) 2019. Members of the public had the opportunity to anonymously vote for a total of 10 ‘nominees’ via an online process. Announced on Friday 1...
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Okhtein
OKHTEIN: The Stunning Luxury Brand Made In Egypt
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From Egypt's First Lady to Mega Super star Beyonce, this Made In Egypt Luxury Brand is catching everyone's attention. And for good reason.
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African Designers At IFS 2019 – Thebe Magugu Awarded Top Spot
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South African Designer, Thebe Magugu, has won the 2019 International Fashion Showcase (IFS). The seventh edition, which began on 11th of February 2019 at Somerset House in London, saw 16 designers from around the world present a series of compelling...
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New Loves & Thoughts From SA Menswear Week (SAMW) AW19
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SAMW took place on February 8-9th, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. Unknown Union opened the show at an invite-only showing on Friday at the Radisson Red. Saturday slotted twenty menswear designers to showcase their latest AW19 collections at the...
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Fruché Free spirits
FRUCHÉ: A ‘Free Spirit’ Womenswear Brand, Made In Nigeria
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Founded by Frank Aghuno, Fruché is a Nigerian brand with a zany edge. Taking an artisanal approach, the ready to wear brand has garnered a reputation for fun and fanciable fashion. A fusion of contemporary silhouettes and Nigerian culture, saturated...
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self-cooling clothes
Tech Advancements in Fashion We’re Here For: Part I
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Fashion is always looking for the next big thing, so a relationship with technology isn’t so farfetched. On the contrary, innovation is welcomed and embraced in many facets of the industry. As creatures of comfort, we crave products, processes and...
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