Features

“No ordinary fashion designer” – NKWO Onwuka at TEDxEuston 2013
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"We as designers need to innovate with the skilled artisans in Africa to commercialize their work for the 21st century"-Nkwo Onwuka. Nkwo Onwuka's foray into the world of fashion all started with an obsession with dolls and a mother who...
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John Kaveke speaks truthfully about his sabbatical, the fashion industry and what needs to change in Kenya- Part II
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Previously Right now the international focus is on Africa, Kaveke says, and people are looking here for inspiration. “Now is the best time to start cultivating what is local.” The major problem is that “here in Kenya, we have conflict...
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John Kaveke speaks truthfully about his sabbatical, the fashion industry and what needs to change in Kenya- Part I
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John Kaveke has been in the fashion industry for 12 years. With an early interest in art, he used to draw never thinking of it as a business. Thereafter, he began to delve into the fashion industry.  An incident in...
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Adèle Dejak Unites Style and Substance
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The Adèle Dejak brand creates handmade fashion accessories for the "modern, sophisticated and multidimensional woman." Adèle Dejak is inspired by African shapes, textures and techniques to create the high fashion statement designs that are equally art pieces. "Work hard and...
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on the danger of a single story
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Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or...
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Chilli Mango: Changing the Stereotype on Kenyan Made Goods
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Njeri Gikera, founder and Designer of Chilli Mango launched the brand to do things differently with regard to fashion products in Kenya – seeking more authentic and relatable. “I opted for something that I would wear.” Starting in 2009, she...
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Sara Karay- Earth, Wind, Fire and Water: Inspired by the natural elements
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Sarakaray is a Kenyan based luxury clothing/fashion brand that is bold, exquisite, out of the box and high end. Launched in 2012, she set out to revolutionize the Kenyan fashion industry. Sarakaray blends bold, extravagant prints with subtle hues; and...
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Wambui Mukenyi on Working Smart in the Business of Fashion
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“Its been a learning curve ever since and we are still learning” says Wambui Mukenyi. Initially trained as an accountant, her love for fashion took her on a new path. “I love fashion. All of it, the stress and the...
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VOTE NOW! Nominee for Best New Blog- BAKE AWARDS 2014
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BAKE AWARDSwww.blogawards.co.kewww.tdsblog.com for Best New Blog! We are so thrilled to have been nominated for the Best New Blog at the Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) 2014! Its such an honor.                
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“I don’t do fashion, I do style” Loulou Quinet from Aryam Designs tells us more
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Loulou Quinet, born in Ethiopia from a French Father and Ethiopian mother, she grew up in Paris, France and started her fashion design house, Aryam Designs in Kenya. She recalls that when her family had moved to Paris, she wanted...
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Africa Feature: An artist inspired by African Culture- Otakan Designs (Kampala)
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We believe in learning from gaining knowledge to better ourselves in the fashion industry. That includes celebrating, showcasing and promoting Kenyan fashion as well as celebrating those around us. Our Africa Feature comes from Uganda- namely Otakan Designs. Otakan Designs is...
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“Growing” your own fabric is possible- Suzanne Lee shares her experiments in this TED talk
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Fashion Designer Suzanne Lee directs the BioCouture research project, which sprang from an idea in her book Fashioning the Future: Tomorrow’s Wardrobe, a seminal text on fashion and future technologies. Her research harnesses nature to propose a radical future fashion vision: Can we...
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Tribal Chic Fashion Show 2013 at the Tribe Hotel Kenya
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In case you had missed seeing this show, here is an independent video by Steve Muriungi on the  Tribal Chic Fashion Show 2013 at The Tribe Hotel. Tribal Chic is one of the A-list annual fashion show event held at...
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Rift Valley Leather “changing societal expectation of leather products in Kenya, one bag a time”
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Rift Valley Leather was started by Robert Topping as designer and Roly Adlam as Director. Robert Topping, whom we met, together with Zadock Langat, the Marketing Director explained his entry into this company when he first visited Kenya in 1998...
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