Designer

What do Beetles and Rhinos have in common? ANNA ROSHOLT
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You only have one chance to make a first impression. Anna Rosholt, a contemporary jewellery designer based in Cape Town, chose to make her debut with a collection inspired by the African dung beetle. But don’t go bunching this designer...
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TDS Design Trends: Kenyan Born Sculptor Stanislaw Trzebinski
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[Image: Courtesy of Stanislaw Trzebinski]   Stanislaw Trzebinski has always been surrounded by art. Born in Kenya, this sculptor of Polish, German & English decent grew up in a family of driven creatives and eccentrics. With his mother, Anna Trzebinski, a...
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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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“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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Zanji Art with Njee Muturi – Wearable art pieces from forks and knives?
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Njee Muturi is no ordinary Kenyan jewelry designer. He takes his designs and transforms each piece of jewelry into wearable art that is evidently well thought out and aesthetically beautiful. Each piece is unique, masterfully crafted and personally signed by...
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Vera Wang – Figure Skater To Fashion Icon | Behind The Label |
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Vera Wang describes what she does as being half technician and half therapist. Vera Wang, a designer whose name is synonymous with the bridal business, initially began her career as a figure skater turned senior fashion editor for Vogue joining...
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Swahili Fashion Week 2013 [Dar es Salaam, Tanzania]
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“Created as a platform for designers from Swahili speaking countries, to date, we have created an industry which does not only spur the growth of the textile, culture and fashion industry, but also that of the tourism industry. Hosting this...
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Katungulu Mwendwa- A glimpse into this Kenyan designer
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The Katungulu Mwendwa brand is about answering “what makes you Kenyan?” In answering this question, she went back to older African cultures imagining how it would look like today in terms of architecture and clothes particularly had there been no...
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Doreen Mashika Zanzibar Africa Feature
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Doreen Mashika, nominated for Accessory Designer of the Year in Swahili Fashion Week 2013, was born and raised in Tanzania, studied and worked in Switzerland, and is now part 
of a growing homeward bound African diaspora. Inspired by a deep...
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What to Expect! Swahili Fashion Week 2013- The biggest fashion annual event in East and Central Africa
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Swahili Fashion Week is upon us once again for its 6th event taking place from the 5th to the 8th of December 2013 in Golden Tulip Hotel Dar es Salaam Tanzania. Swahili Fashion Week is a platform founded and created...
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IQUIRA- Wangari Kariuki- Environmental Health Officer on a fashion journey
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Wangari Kariuki, the Designer behind the brand Iquira, began her designing journey with one client; herself. Dissatisfied with what she saw in the market, she decided to make earrings for herself, bought the necessary supplies and began designing. After a...
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Trends in Kenya…or the lack thereof [Part II]
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Previously… Essentially, this is a challenge to designers. Distinguish yourself and create create create. This is also to encourage designers to step out of their comfort zones (i.e Ankara/Kitenge everything) and be adventurous in their designs. If you are committed...
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