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Feature: Africa Blooms Globally Expands The Pride Of African Design

Beautiful designs from Africa Blooms

  Young Nigerian Business Woman Brings ‘Made in Africa’ Fashion to the World. By: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé Toronto, Canada “If it is sink or swim in the fashion world,” writes Fatoumata Ba, “then online and mobile are your life vests in Africa.” It’s a sentiment that might appeal to young Nigerian entrepreneur Blooming Soyinka,...

Feature: Our Exclusive Chat With The Mysterious Genius Behind Lagos Street Style

Chic stylish scenes discovered by Lagos Street Style

  Loving Lagos   By: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé Toronto, Canada     “Lagosians just do it better,” boasts Buzzfeed’s Bim Adewunmi.   And it’s true.  The evidence is in with Lagos Street Style, a new blog capturing the vibrant and eclectic street styles of the Nigerian city’s fashionistas.   The blog, profiled in Buzzfeed and...

Global Designer Spotlight: 54 Kingdoms — From Ghana To The Globe

54 Kingdoms an online fashion destination celebrating the African style sensibility.

      Kingdom Come: Fashion Storytelling   By: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé Ottawa, Canada   In 1948, over 500 Jamaican and Barbadian men boarded the Empire Windrush, leaving the sunny shores of their Caribbean islands for an uncertain future in Britain.   They landed at Tilbury docks in London, and would be...

Feature: From Paris France, Q&A with Turbanista.com founder Aïssata Kamara

Courtesy of Turbanista.com from Paris, France

    Crowning Glory: Turbanista By: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé Ottawa, Canada   In Senegal, a woman’s turban is her crowning glory.   And to Aïssata Kamara, it is a garment worthy of great passion. I recently spoke with Aïssata, Dakar-born founder and curator of Turbanista.com, a blog from Paris, France dedicated to her passion for...

Feature: Q&A with Ian Smillie–The Man Who Testified Against ‘Blood Diamond’ Warlord Charles Taylor

Amnesty International France campaign against Blood Diamonds

    Feature: Guns and Gems — On The Frontlines of the Blood Diamond Trade.   By: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé Ottawa, Canada     “Ian Smillie is lying through his teeth.” With these words, former warlord and Liberian President Charles Taylor denounced the man who would implicate him in Liberia and Sierra Leone’s illicit diamond trade....

Feature: Beauty of a Bazin and a BouBou From Senegal, Africa

Photo credit: www.turbanista.com

      A bazin and a boubou: the hunt for a Senegalese husband     By: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé Ottawa, Canada  “Real women have currrrves!”  the vendor roars at me.   I have been in Senegal for a little over a week, and am still shocked every time someone openly comments on my...

Feature: Republic of Sewing Machines in Uganda

made in uganda

      The spirit of solidarity — stitch by stitch.    By: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé   As a burnt orange sun sets over Gulu in northern Uganda, barefoot Acholi women walk the Road to Cairo, a highway that stretches across Africa, babies swaddled against their backs, balancing heavy plastic jerry cans on their heads.  ...

Global Designer Spotlight: Moutta Abalanchad, Taureg Jewelry Designer From Niger

Taureg Jewelry by Moutta Abalanchad

      One Way of Life Ends, Another Begins: The Story of Taureg Jewelry Designer Moutta Abalanchad   By: Alba Brunetti Istanbul, Turkey     Recently, I had the opportunity to interview a Tuareg jewelry maker from Niger. Moutta Abalanchad lives in a small village, but several times a year he travels to Europe...

Feature: A Fashionable Journey Through Zambia, Zimbabwe & Botswana

Jesica Colbyn taking fashion cues from the beautiful natural settings of her trip

       Life in the slow- fast lane.   By Jesica Colbyn Johannesburg, South Africa   Earlier this year, I decided to escape the fast and furious city life of Johannesburg for the subtle and gentle encounters of the bush. Zimbabwe was my destination. Armed with nothing but my camera, I embarked on an...

On the streets of…Accra, Ghana

Fabulous #2

  Prints Galore!   Location: Golden Tulip Hotel, Accra, Ghana   Fashionistas: Fabulous x2   Breakdown: Our two beautiful ladies were spotted at a formal event in Accra. In my opinion, these two know how to mix up their neutrals and prints well. They both achieved the perfect amount of edge for their looks without losing...

Global Designer Spotlight: Tenacious Soul from Johannesburg

Tenacious Soul fashion line from Johannesburg South Africa

      Rooted in Africa with a flare of luxury. Tenacious Soul is a brand for the daring and eccentric woman.   By: Jesica Colbyn Johannesburg, South Africa   Meet Tshegofatso Maotoe, a young fashion designer and founder of Tenacious Soul, who expresses passion through creating garments for women in all sizes who aren’t afraid to...

On the streets of…Johannesburg, South Africa

On the streets of...Johannesburg, South Africa

      Self portrait of style.    Haute History     Fashionista: Jesica Colbyn   Location: Johannesburg, South Africa   Breakdown: In this photo I am wearing a military inspired blazer, dashed with a tribal head wrap — served with a vintage box purse. Vintage meets the street.   Secret: Fashion is the voice...

Feature: Shop for a cause with Maasai creations by Me To We Artisans

Maasai Mamas of Kenya

      The Me To We Artisan program ignites the entrepreneurial spirit in Maasai women.     By: Marina Radovanovic Toronto, Canada   Through steely determination and benevolence did Roxanne Joyal (co-founder of the Me to We Artisans) begin her venture to help and assist the women of various countries that offered...

Video Feature:Glitz Fashion Africa/Ghana Fashion Week/ Spring/Summer 2012

Glitz Fashion Africa

 

Glitz Africa Fashion Week Day 1/Ghana Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2012 Video Courtesy of FashionsistaGH

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Feature: Part 2 of Ghana Fashion & Design Week Spring/Summer 2013

L-R: Brigitte Merki; Mimi Lee London & Christie Brown

     Here’s part two of designers that made us swoon.   By: Francesca Andoh Accra, Ghana     Ghana Fashion & Design Week for Spring/Summer 2013 collections had so many cool designers that we couldn’t’ fit it all in one story. So here’s the rest of our list of designers that we love!  ...