Design

NEW TO TDS: The Signature Collection from AIRI KENYA
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Change is the only constant. While we all commence with a set vision and narrative, those too become subject to this truth. Airi Kenya may have launched its first collection in October 2015 as a commercial fashion brand, but the...
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LEANDI MULDER DESIGNS: The Art Of Kintsugi Meets Made In South Africa
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Fashion can be a dark industry, riddled with sustainability and ethical issues. A fact that South African fashion designer - Leandi Mulder - became increasingly aware of as a fashion student. It became apparent that the fast fashion model was...
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Taofeek Abijako
Taofeek Abijako: Nigerian-born designer is HEAD OF STATE
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The year was 2016 and Taofeek Abijako was a 17 year old teen embarking on a remarkable expedition. He launched Head Of State, a design company that would focus on fashion, furniture, art installation and product design. But this wouldn’t...
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ELIA
ELIA: Egyptian Footwear Brand That Started With A Shoe Obsession
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Women love shoes. In 2017 sneaker sales rose by 37 percent while inventory of high heels rose by 28 percent in the US alone. The average woman will own at least 20 pairs of shoes at any given time. Dr....
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Newcomers Series – New kids on the block – Editor’s Note
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Is this really Kenyan? One of the many frequent questions we get in the store that we are most proud of. Why? Because we get to change the perception of what a Kenyan designer is and when we keep uncovering...
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Gert-Johan Coetzee: South African Fashion Designer To The Stars
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Dress shopping is a little like the Hollywood version of finding ‘The one’. You’ll be scanning the room – which today’s world could also mean a social media platform – and then it happens. Your eyes land upon the most...
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YSWARA: Curating An Authentic African Luxury Experience
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Located in the Cosmopolitan building at Maboneng in the Johannesburg CBD, there’s a pretty in pink atelier that can easily be mistaken for a fragrance store or an urban lounge. However, this Moroccan-inspired space, accented with totem lamps and Coptic...
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VANLELES DIAMONDS: From Africa To Bond Street With Love
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“A kiss on the hand may be quite continental, but diamonds are a girl's best friend,” a famous lyric sang by the late Marilyn Monroe and a mantra for many. But then 2006 brought ‘Blood Diamonds’ to our cinemas and...
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LUXURY FEATURE: Taibo Bacar. Semi-colon
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If there is a list of African designers that require little to no introduction, Taibo Bacar is certainly on it. We first spoke (read gushed) about this designer from Mozambique in our 2015 article titled, ‘Africa Feature: Taibo Bacar. Full...
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OKAPI: The African Unicorn with a Knack for Positive Luxury
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The Okapi, also known as the forest giraffe or zebra giraffe, has always inspired intrigue and curiosity. This antelope’s elusive nature earned it the nickname ‘African Unicorn’ when it was discovered at the turn of the century in the anthropological...
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The Ardmore Ceramics & Design: The SA Brand That Partnered with Hermès
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It’s not every day that a 179-year old fashion house wants your work associated with their brand. Yet, the luxury French brand invited Ardmore in 2013 to collaborate on a series of silk scarves for its 2016 collection. The two...
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House of Deola: Couture Royale Made in Nigeria
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It’s no doubt the world is currently experiencing ‘Black Panther’ fever. As the stars of the movie took to the ‘purple carpet’ for the world premiere on January 29, Nigerian actress - Sope Aluko – was spotted donning a Deola...
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Editor’s Note – The Luxury Series – Jan/Feb 2018
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Happy New Year TDS Family! We truly hope that it is starting off well and that you are ready to take 2018 and crush it! (so to speak) :) When someone says this or that is luxury, we automatically equate...
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The Silk Road: Sally Dudmesh – The Symbolism of Jewellery
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Our last post of the year takes us to The Souk in Karen, Nairobi. We walk past the art gallery, through a Wabi-Sabi café filled with books, to find an orange room filled with jewelleries rich in symbolism of different...
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