Fashion

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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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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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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Editor’s Note
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NEW YEAR – NEW LOVES Series There is something magical and exciting about a new year. New year brings new opportunities, new dreams, new goals, new ideas and new things to fall in love with. Well, we at TDS are also...
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aso-oke
ASO OKE: The Prestigious ‘Top Cloth’ Made In Nigeria
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Aso-Oke, the Nigerian loom-woven textile transcends the runway and is sewn into the fabric of society
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BASOTHO BLANKETS: The Lesotho Fabric Making ‘Burritoing’ À La Mode
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The finest comfort of any cold season or place is the warm snugness of a blanket. How cruel then that we’re forced to leave it in the sanctuary of our bedrooms to brave the low temperatures. Because, wouldn’t it raise...
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FASO DAN FANI: A Symbol of Patriotism, Made In Burkina Faso
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The Faso Dan Fani is a woven cotton cloth made in the West African, landlocked country known as Burkina Faso. A cotton-based textile isn’t a novel addition to this series. Neither is a fabric that is weaved on a loom...
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Gonja Cloth: Kente Isn’t The Only Must-Have Fabric Woven In Ghana
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The Kente may be IT textile from Ghana, but the Gonja cloth shouldn’t be counted out. In fact, the Kente is considered a derivative of the Gonja; albeit with an infusion of colour. Not to mention, it’s part of the...
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Made In Ethiopia: The Habesha Kemis, It’s Details & Compliments
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Africa is a complex continent. Granted there are shared similarities amongst its citizens, each country has its own blend of cultural and lingual framework. Take for example, Ethiopia. It has over 80 ethnic groups with their own cultures, customs, dialects,...
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KUBA: The Textile That Was Eco-Friendly Before It Was En Vogue
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The Kuba cloth, which is indigenous to the Kuba people, originates from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Between the 17th and early 20th century, the Kuba Kingdom (which is now the South Eastern region of the DRC) was one...
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