Design

Jewellery Design: It’s About the Principles
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“Jewellery has the power to be this one little thing that can make you feel unique,” Jennie Kwon. It’s for this reason that many of us will walk into a jewellery store and wait for the pieces to speak to...
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The Jewel Series - The Designers Studio Kenya November to December 2017
Editor’s Note – The Jewel Series – Nov/Dec 2017
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Hello there! Here we are in November, with only 2 months to go before we welcome 2018. These next two months we want to delve a little deeper into jewellery. There is definitely more than meets the eye. Other than...
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YAS PLEASE: Best of Lagos Fashion & Design Week 2017
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Four days, over 50 runway shows and Heineken’s premier African Inspired Collection. And that’s just a snippet of 2017’s Lagos Fashion and Design Week (LFDW), which went down from the 25th to the 28th of October in the fashion capital...
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SOLE SERIES RECAP - The Designers Studio TDS Voices - online fashion magazine connecting you to the world of fashion and design in Kenya and Africa
HOW DID IT GO? THE SOLE SERIES RECAP
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How can one truly start to recap three months of the most amazing shoe designers and footwear innovations? Not sure, but we will give it a shot. When we started this series, we decided to do 3 months because we...
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INNOVATION FRIDAYS: ASICS Microwave Soles in Seconds
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What if you could cook up your shoes in a matter of seconds? Fifteen to be exact? Sport performance brand, ASICS, has co-developed a new technique that’s turning footwear production notions on its head. Instead of waiting weeks, if not months,...
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GALAGO SHOES: Endless Sandal Options Made in South Africa
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Your everyday wardrobe could be a source of inspiration. For a perfect example, you need not look further than key examples such as the kanga, kikoy or kiondo basket. For the longest time, many of us in the East African...
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GRANDT MASON: South Africa’s First Vegan-Footwear Brand
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Grandt Mason, a Cape Town based industrial designer, faced a predicament. Having embarked on a vegan lifestyle, he required to make some life changes, which included wearing leather-free footwear. Since he couldn’t find any pairs readily available in South Africa,...
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Innovation Fridays: Transforming High Heels with just a Click
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When it comes to high heels, there’s universal unanimity that they’re appallingly uncomfortable. No wonder they stopped being a men’s fashion staple in the 1740s. Because it’s simply ludicrous to believe women would give up heels entirely, we’re pleased to...
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MYANG: Little Treats for Tiny Feet, Made in South Africa
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[Image: Courtesy of Myang]   It’s all about foundation. And we believe babies and toddlers deserve a little style and pizazz in their wardrobe too. Little feet already melt our hearts, but the bright and quirky designs, patterns and textures...
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Get Inked: Durban-based LACED Customizes Tattoos for Shoes
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South American totem poles [Image: Courtesy of LACED]   In a world of over seven billion people, who wouldn’t want to carve out a little nook of unique existence. With a global market that is increasingly favouring the generic, it...
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INNOVATION FRIDAYS: Is This THE “My Feet Are Killing Me” Solution?
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Antonia Dunbar, Co-Founder and CEO of Antonia Saint NY, said what a lot of women have been thinking for a long time. The construction of women’s shoes is a racket.  “Either the shoe is overpriced without technology for comfort, and...
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SSEKO DESIGNS: The Made in Uganda Sandals Giving Girls Options
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We’re all familiar with the Bette Midler quote, which goes, "Give a girl the correct footwear and she can conquer the world."  It’s a phrase that Ugandan-based fashion brand, Sseko Designs, remarkably seems to embody.  In addition to the handbags...
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COAST AND KOI: Statement Shoes Made in South Africa
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Loud, audacious and proudly unapologetic about their personality. They say you can tell a lot about someone from their shoes, and the eye-catching Coast and Koi speaks volumes. Designer Caryn Wilensky founded the luxurious South African brand in 2005 after...
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Innovation Fridays: UKIES Patented Technology for Comfy, Stylish Shoes
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UKIES (pronounced as “You-Keys”), is a designer line of handmade, fashion-conscious women's shoes that started in 2014 to answer a simple question. ‘Why should women have to choose between looking and feeling great’? Its 2017 people, and we still use...
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