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Innovation Fridays: SolePower Smart Boots Putting the Force at your Feet
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https://youtu.be/LYZeUXYlPic These aren’t your typical light-up shoes. Hahna Alexander is on a mission to create ‘unplugged tech that never dies’. It just so happens to be housed in a pair of shoes. SolePower, which she originally founded in 2012 with...
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soleRebels: Lessons From Ethiopia’s Fastest Growing Shoe Brand
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Roots. Culture. Tyres. A simple summary of what has become an internationally recognised shoe brand. Founded by Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, operations began in 2005 in Zenabwork on the outskirts of Addis Ababa; where soleRebels continues to design and produce today....
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The Sole Series #tdsvoices Editor's Note
Shoes anyone? The Sole Series – Editor’s Note #tdsvoices
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I am sure we all remember the famous Imelda Marcos, first lady of the Philippines back in 1965 whose opulence was evident in her love for shoes; all 2,700 of them. At present, her shoes are in a Shoe Museum...
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Eco-Athleisure: Brands On The Green Side Of The Athleisure Trend
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High performance. To some athleisure fans, fabric and design that makes and active life possible without compromising on comfort or aesthetics is good enough. However, with eco-consciousness growing globally, more customers are demanding greener, sustainable and non-toxic clothing. It was...
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Does Someone Need A Makeover? 9 Reasons You Should Rebrand
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[Image: Giphy]   Dated and obsolete. Two words you never want associated with your collection, let alone your entire brand. How could this happen? After you spent all this time formulating your visual identity and your brand bible? The fashion...
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David Adjaye: Architectural Visionary’s take on Furniture Design
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David Adjaye reminds you of that kid in your class you labelled ‘the over achiever”. This was for the simple fact, that whatever they seemed to do, they did it effortlessly and exceptionally well. Till this day, your parents don’t even...
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Table It: How Ordinary Every Day Items Can Enthuse Creation
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Where do you get your inspiration from? It’s a question that tends to pop up in an interview with creatives and designers. And for good reason. In today’s world, there is very little room for original thought. More often than...
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The Minimalistic Art Expression of Miminat Designs
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Bright colours and prints are like the drums Hollywood uses to usher in an ‘African based’ scene. In the Western world’s mind, African art and design is categorized by these two principles. While there is quite a bit of both...
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Collaborating Beauty and Design with Birsel + Seck 
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“The future of Africa is collaborating and if we want to do big things, we have to collaborate." –Bibi Seck Birsel + Seck is an award-winning design and innovation studio that has perfected the art of problem solving in product...
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Trade Routes Furniture Collection by Deepa Dosaja Ltd.
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Once the stainless steel elevator doors open on the second floor of the MK Plaza in Loresho Ridge, you immediately see the opulently carved doors of the Trade Routes Furniture Collection. Inside I meet Ajay Dosaja, dressed in a smart...
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TDS Designer Focus: Discovering Deepa Dosaja’s Flower Power
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    Silk, bright colours, flowers and butterflies. These are just some of the elements Deepa Dosaja used to create her ‘My Flowers’ couture collection for New York Fashion Week (NYFW). On 11th February 2017 at Studio 450, New York,...
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TDS Designer Focus: Cashmere Chic with KSHMR by Kuoni
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There’s a certain level of madness that comes with fashion. We convince ourselves to wear high heel shoes of ankle-snapping capabilities because ‘it really brings the outfit together’. And then, despite the blisters and soul-throbbing pain, we wear them on...
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TDS Designer Focus: The Jazzy Leather Creations of WAZAWAZI  
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It’s always better to watch people in their natural habitat. Well, in this case, leather products. In a glass-like box, in-between a cosmetics store and a coffee shop lies the Wazawazi store at Valley Arcade. Having come in early, I...
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TDS DESIGNER FOCUS: URBAN ARTEFACTS
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Nicola Hankey-Onyango had life’s magical trifecta in the bag: success, happiness and a fabulous lifestyle.  But she wasn’t done blazing trails. After 15 years in marketing, she switched over into a career in fashion and launched her jewellery brand Urban...
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