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TDS Designer Focus: Le Collane Di Betta
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Someone once said that jewellery, like biographies, is a story that tells the many chapters of our lives. What better way to punctuate that than with statement pieces that border on art? Elisabetta Capolino, with her rich Italian design background...
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TDS Designer Focus: Njema Helena
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Stories are powerful. Fashion brands are constantly being advised to share their stories with consumers, and the world, for a good reason. The human mind has a way of taking an evocative story and processing it in deeply affective ways...
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Streetwear Flair With Wan Fam
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To be honest, we really haven’t covered a lot of streetwear brands. So, when we stumbled upon a CNN (Cable News Network) article talking about a Kenyan based brand, we had to meet them for our Designer’s Focus series.  Especially...
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#TDSCREATIVES: Guerilla couture of Roman Handt
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https://youtu.be/aXiFwicYmG4 Playing it safe. That is what the average man seems to do with his wardrobe choices. Most will have the obvious colours white, black, brown, grey and blue. Some will be a little more adventurous and have a red...
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#TDSCREATIVE: Humanoid Design by Babacar M’Bodj Niang
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[Image: David Crookes]   Strange and often humanoid is not a phrase that you commonly see associated with furniture. Yet, it’s somehow a perfect fit for the superlatively authentic design practice, Nulangee Design. Started by Babacar M’Bodj Niang, this Senegalese...
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TDS CREATIVES: Cheick Diallo Turning Furniture into Inimitable Art Expression  
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  [Image: Design Newtwork Africa / Cheick Diallo]   “I don’t have an interest in design if it is only to remake that which already exists.” The powerful quote by Malian designer, Cheick Diallo, best describes the impeccable furniture and objects...
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TDS CREATIVES: Ashley Heather’s Conscience Charms
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[Image: Courtesy of Ashley Heather]   What do you get when you mix precious metals with circuit boards? The artisanal jewellery by designer Ashley Heather. In her small studio based in South Africa, she has combined the unique, techie element...
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#TDSCREATIVES: THE SURREAL SELLY RABY KANE STYLE
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AW17 [Image: Selly Raby Kane]   Fashion has always been a great portal for storytelling and art-expression. A fact that Selly Raby Kane has been reiterating since the launch of her eponymous brand in 2012. The Senegalese designer is considered...
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Iko Eco Fashion Kenya
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Style and sustainability. If we’ve learned anything during this series is that the two can co-exist. In Kenya, we’ve seen a strong emphasis on ethical systems and standards to improve the livelihood of workers and artisans in the industry. This...
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Get Eco-friendly with it! These African Fashion Brands are…
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For the past month and a half we’ve looked at the good, the bad and the downright ugly when it comes to fashion and its environmental impact. I know, how something can be so pretty and so downright hideous underneath...
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Fashion Film Friday: Even THIS Beloved Fabric is a Product of Exploitation! (Really?!)
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  Silk has got to be the world’s most deluxe fibre. With the way the fashion industry utilises it both in Africa and abroad, I believe designers would concur. It’s been around for a minute (read as thousands of years)...
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Yellow, Fringes, Puff Sleeves and Pleated Skirts – our trend review and coverage of Tribal Chic 2016
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We understand that Fashion Weeks and other fashion events tend to lose the greater community coming across as too opulent or exclusive. We however like to bring the exclusive to the fore because lets face it; we are all the...
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3D Printed Rhino Horn: Conservation Haven or Black Market Gold Mine?
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[Image: Courteys of Alexander McQueen except Blue embellished horns by David Alford Harare]   Horns are no stranger to fashion, and we don’t mean their wicked antiques mentioned earlier in this series. Ask the likes of David Alford Harare or...
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Circular Fashion: Is It Time for Closed-Loop State of Mind?
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Planet Earth and Fashion aren’t that different. For one, they have both vehemently been believed to be strictly linear structures. While fashion never led anyone to believe that falling off the edge of the world was possible, it did limit...
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