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KANGA: The Talking Cloth Of The East African Coast
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If you live in Tanzania or Kenya, the kanga (also known as leso) has always been a component in your life. It’s incorporated in massive life events such as birth, matrimonial and burial ceremonies.  You’ve probably used it in interior...
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Editor’s Note – The Textile Series #tdsvoices
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Ladies and Gentlemen – welcome to the end of the year. I can’t believe that we will be saying Merry Christmas and Happy New Year let alone getting used to writing 2019 very soon. Until then though, we have 2...
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HOUSE OF THAIRU: In Conversation With Steve Thairu
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We’re going to be honest with you. After speaking to Steve Thairu we weren’t sure how we would write this article on the House of Thairu. The 22 year old designer is a dreamer with a whimsical outlook on life....
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DAUVIA: Handmade Fashion By African Designer, Dauvia Nijenhuis
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“To me, clothing is a form of self-expression - there are hints about who you are in what you wear.” ~ Marc Jacobs The same can be said about your social media feeds. Thanks to the visual aspect of applications...
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RUFF TUNG: Serving Curves & Inclusivity, From Runway To Retail
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You may be wondering why Ruff Tung is making an appearance in our ‘Newcomers Series’. Didn’t the founder, the late Paul Botha, officially launch it in 1999? That, he did. Since 2013, Bridget Pickering and Ludwig Bausch have carried on...
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Esmerize: A Love Of Jewellery In Pursuit Of  Self-Expression
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It’s never too early to develop your personal sense of style. While we exist in an era that offers more variety and options than before, it’s also a time defined by mass production. Raise our hand if you’ve ever bought...
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ABIOLA A. OLUSOLA: Effortless Contemporary Fashion Made In Nigeria
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Launched in 2017, Abiola A. Olusola is a contemporary womenswear brand made in Nigeria. Eponymously named after the owner and creative director, Abiola Adeniran-Olusola, the brand’s aesthetic philosophy is built on the belief that dressing should be effortless and chic....
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Hairspiration: The Salooni Project On Hair Perception And Acceptance
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Raise your hand if you’ve ever walked into a market place and a salon attendant has proclaimed that they can fix your hair. That there truly must be something wrong with your tresses and they are the ones to whip...
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The Beauty Brigade: Brush Up On The MUAs In Fashion
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Those fashion pictures you’ve been gazing at? Yeah, a makeup artist had something to do with that. A considerable amount of something, if we’re being honest. They are the inconspicuous professionals behind every look.  Inside their retractable, portable cosmetic bags...
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BTS CREW SERIES – Editor’s Note – the Crew that made the shot
Hey there good people. It is time for a new series. Is it me, or are these months flying by incredibly fast? Yikes! Hope you learnt and explored and discovered the art of photography and photographers doing amazing work in...
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THE LUXURY NETWORK KENYA: CEO, Michael Mwai, on Luxury in Kenya
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Described as “The next generation of marketing for luxury brands” by the British media, The Luxury Network is the world’s leading luxury affinity marketing group. It was founded in 2007 by Kevin Rose, a luxury books publisher, when he realised...
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The Anti-Laws Part I: Because Luxury Has Its Own Marketing Rules
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Pull up a seat and throw out your book on traditional laws of marketing. Because, if you’re about the luxury game, there’s a new rulebook you need to play by.  Thanks to the anthropological, sociological and historical bases of luxury,...
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Yeah, You’ve Been Using ‘Haute Couture’ All Wrong
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There are lanes in luxury. If we can back track a little bit, ‘The Anatomy Of The Luxury Fashion Brand’ identified the four principal categories of luxury goods to be perfumes and cosmetics, watches and jewellery, wines and spirits, and...
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ANCIENT AFRICAN JEWLLERY: Design History on the Continent
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Personal decoration has always been a part of African cultures. Thanks to pictorial iconography and tombs excavations, we’ve had a glimpse to what the civilizations before us adorned their bodies with. Right on our shores, ostrich shell beads – believed...
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