Made in Africa

LEAP YEAR: The RTW Clothing Lovingly Made In Uganda
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Launched in 2013, Leap Year is a clothing brand made and based in Uganda. It is the premier product from Asali Designs; a company formed by Pamela Kahwa to manifest her dreams and aspirations within the fashion industry. Although Pamela...
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ÉKÉTÉ
ÉKÉTÉ: The Ethical Nigerian Brand Big On Traditional Craftsmanship
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Launched in April 2018, Ékété is an accessories brand that made its fashionable introduction with intricately woven basket bags. While they exude the essence of blissful holiday, rooted at its core is rich culture and a fervent appreciation for ethical...
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Nifemi Marcus Bello
NIFEMI MARCUS-BELLO: Form, Function & User Centred-Design
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Meet Nifemi Marcus-Bello, an industrial designer from Nigeria who creates products around the people using and making them. You may know him from his internationally acclaimed Tebur (pronounced tay-boo). A flat-pack table that is functional, lightweight and portable. His prowess...
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DAVID KRYNAUW: Made In SA Furniture Whose Secret Is In The Method
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There’s something fascinating about David Krynauw’s work.  Our first introduction to the Johannesburg-based furniture designer was a peculiar cabinet known as the Ou Kas. Filled with a disposition, it sparked a conversation and recollections of epic fantasies akin to The...
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odAOMO
odAOMO: On Statement Pieces, Sustainability, and Giving Back
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odAOMO, which is ‘The House of Aomo’ in the Luo language, is an eco-friendly and ethically handcrafted brand made in Kenya. Founded by Dr. Sophia Aomo Omoro, the brand was officially launched in the USA in August 2014 and most...
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Mangishi Doll
MANGISHI DOLL (MD): The Afro-Eclectic Print Queen
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Made in Zambia, Mangishi Doll (MD) is a contemporary, ready to wear line that embraces bold prints and vibrant styles. Founder and fashion designer, Kapasa Musonda, unique selling point is her ability to effortlessly fuse vibrant and authentic prints and...
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SSEKO DESIGNS: The Made in Uganda Sandals Giving Girls Options
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We’re all familiar with the Bette Midler quote, which goes, "Give a girl the correct footwear and she can conquer the world."  It’s a phrase that Ugandan-based fashion brand, Sseko Designs, remarkably seems to embody.  In addition to the handbags...
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MONAA: How Traditional Slippers Led to a Luxury Footwear Label
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Three Continents. Two Sisters. One Vision. MONAA is a footwear label that was started in 2013 by German-born Ghanaian sisters, Nana and Afua Dabanka. Their vision; to pay homage to their Ashanti heritage though their sandals that are handmade by...
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COAST AND KOI: Statement Shoes Made in South Africa
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Loud, audacious and proudly unapologetic about their personality. They say you can tell a lot about someone from their shoes, and the eye-catching Coast and Koi speaks volumes. Designer Caryn Wilensky founded the luxurious South African brand in 2005 after...
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Oliberté: The World’s First Fair Trade Certified Footwear Made In Ethiopia
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Tal Dehtiar is the man responsible for the world’s first Fair Trade Certified footwear brand. The Canadian, with an MBA from Hamilton’s McMaster University, had always wanted to create an internationally successful and socially conscious product made in Africa. He...
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SAWA Shoes: The ‘No Charity’ Footwear by Mehdi Slimani
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Founded in 2009, SAWA is a proudly ‘Made in Africa’ footwear brand based in Ethiopia. It’s also the first sneaker to be fully produced on the continent. TDS first highlighted this shoe brand by Algerian-born, France-based shoe designer, Mehdi Slimani,...
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Nio Far by Milcos: Giving Shoes The Bògòlan Treatment
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Senegalese footwear brand, Nio Far, wants to get mud all over your shoes. Mud cloth, that is. From afar it would appear that founder and designer, El Hadji Malick Badji – alias Milcos Badji – has simply created a footwear...
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