Ayok’a was born from the desire of founder Alice Gbelia to find contemporary African artwork that would reflect her African heritage with a fun and stylish twist. Alice, a true citizen of the world, was born in Chad, grew up in Côte d’Ivoire – where she is originally from – studied in France and now lives in Switzerland. She was faced with the lack of diversity in African art online and wanted to do something about it.
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We’ve been waiting for it and it’s here! Kaela Kay ‘s new collection is now available. Vibrant colors, geometric patterns and neat design for the modern profesional woman are what we are being served with this Fall Winter 2018 collection of the Afro-Canadian brand. My favorite pieces? The Becca top and the Basanti Panina Maxi Gown. Available at www.kaelakay.com.
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Air France is creating new uniforms for their ground staff and is asking for your help. The collaboration between French airline and Ivorian fashion designer Pelebe has lead to a new fabric being created and two designs being submitted to the company’s Facebook fans’ appreciation. You have until October 25th to choose between Nafi and Lou for a chance to win a flight ticket to Paris. Link to vote here.
I find it so cute to see little girls in their African print skirts and dresses. My daughter is 2 now and owns 2 dresses made in African prints. I love making her wear it to the daycare even though my husband doesn’t feel 100% about it: “you’re gonna make her feel weird” What he doesn’t know is that African prints have become so popular that my girl is a “celebrity” at the daycare when she wears her colorful dresses! At 2 years old, I don’t find her too young to be taught how beautiful and rich the culture that she comes from is. It just has to be done in a tasteful manner.
We’re absolutely loving the new hat collection of the Nigerian brand, 24. They decided to showcase 4 major Nigerian tribes with a collection of 4 different caps. Each one of those caps carries a symbol representing Benin, Igbo, Yorunba and Hausa tribes.
I’m a big believer in the importance of women empowering women. Since I started blogging, I must admit that I’ve reached out to quit a few bloggers. I’m extremely happy and positively surprised with the level of help that some women are ready to give. They’ve answered my questions, agreed to talk to me on the phone and given me precious pieces of advice.
From June 27th to July 2nd 2017, the Dakar Fashion Week was celebrating its 15 years. It’s been 15 years now since Adama Paris, African fahion guru, had the “crazy” idea of creating a fashion week in Dakar (Senegal), placing that city as a major fashion capital alongside Lagos in Nigeria and Johannesburg in South Africa.
When I first started Pop Corn & Paillettes almost a year ago, I did it almost impulsively. I felt that it was the right time, I sat down on my computer and created it from scratch sitting on my couch in my living room. My friends and family members would then congratulate me for my “courage” and encourage me to continue.
The very well-known Dutch company, Vlisco, which celebrated its 170th last year doesn’t cease to amaze us with its intricate fabric designs and eye-catching patterns. Though I’m a huge wax lover, I recently fell in love with this magnificent 100% silk scarf that Vlisco’s just put up for sale.