Custom Navigation

Copyright ® 2011-2014 African Prints in Fashion LLC

Sunday, December 21, 2014

APiF Gift Guide: Urban Tribe Berlin


Something that I can never have enough of is bags. Big ones, small ones, leather, fabric - I like them all. So if you are still looking for a gift, why not buy one of these fashionable print bags from Urban Tribe Berlin

In contrast to today's mainstream fashion industry, which relies on mass production in the Third World and a steady stream of ever new collections, Urban Tribe Berlin stands for locally and socially fair produced high quality products in limited edition.  

Urban Tribe Berlin delivers socially conscious fashion with emotional and cultural significance. The brand focuses on beautiful and timeless pieces, designed to be worn and combined in many different ways. So your chance to buy and gift some feel-good fashion.

Click here to check-out the other items in our APiF Gift Guide.

Find out more:
w: http://urbantribeberlin.bigcartel.com/
f: https://www.facebook.com/urbantribeberlin
t: https://twitter.com/urbantribebln
i: http://instagram.com/urbantribeberlin
Bags by Frolicious & Urban Tribe Berlin: http://www.frolicious4urbantribeberlin.bigcartel.com/

Thursday, December 18, 2014

APiF Gift Guide: DOKU

It is getting hectic, the Holidays are right around the corner. If you still haven't started buying any small gifts or presents - don't panic! Just start now, order everything online and you will be fine!

The green mud cloth clutch by Ill La La is quite a looker! Ill La La is an indie, eclectic brand - all pieces are handmade. You can buy this brand and many others on the newly launched platform DOKU. DOKU has been created to provide U.S fashionistas a global passport to style. The online platform is retailing emerging, independent designers from across the world. Showcased designers offer a variety of styles, flirty silhouettes, and colorful prints. This online store will give you lots of gift ideas. And remember: gifting yourself is totally okay. Click here and find out what designs they are selling right now.

Find other goodies - just click on our APiF Gift Guide.

Find out more:
w: http://www.shopdoku.com/
f: https://www.facebook.com/shopDOKU
i: http://instagram.com/shopdoku

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Rock your Prints in Winter: Rahyma

Images from Zuvaa.com
Blazers are a really great clothing item to have to give an outfit a bit of pop or elegance. Quite important for blazers: they need to fit perfectly to accentuate your waste and be just the right length.

The all season blazer by designer Rahyma Awanife is made out of African print, is unique and stylish. It comes with front pockets and a peplum back. The long sleeves make it perfect for this season - just wear a tight black top or bustier underneath and pair it with tight black jeans and pumps. The bright colors - it also comes in an orange/blue print - will brighten up any grey winter day or dark, cold evening.

Shop the blazer by Rahyma here. Click here to find other posts that show you how to "Rock Your Prints in Winter".

Find out more:
w: www.rahyma.com
f: www.facebook.com/RahymaSleek
t: http://twitter.com/RahymaSleek/

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Festive Outfits for the Holidays: AllThingsAnkara

If you want to sparkle this holiday season throw on some queenly statement necklaces by designer Na'Zeem Couture, who was featured at the All Things Ankara Fashion Week DC 2014. Wear an all black or white outfit and put on one of these statement pieces. Add a pair of silver or gold heels and voila, your festive outfit for this weekend's holiday party is ready.

Nikki Billie Jean is the owner and designer for Billie Jean Bowties & Designs. She shares her personal style on her blog All Things Ankara.


Find out more:
w: http://www.allthingsankara.com/
f: https://www.facebook.com/BillieJeanBowtiesandDesigns
t: https://twitter.com/nikkibilliejean
i: http://instagram.com/billiejeandesigns
s: http://www.bjbowtiesanddesigns.com/

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Festive Outfits for the Holidays: Mélange Mode

I love this season, I really do! I don't like the cold weather, but I love the ornaments, the atmosphere and all the festivities. 

Office holiday parties, holiday events, New Years Eve: This season offers a lot of great opportunities to dress-up. Still looking for a show stopper? Mélange Mode has the perfect outfits for you. The brand's African red brisi crop top looks just divine with the long, elegant black skirt and the elbow-high gloves. This is your perfect glam festive outfit

Mélange Mode  focuses on combining African fabric with trend and classic couture. All pieces are created by an African-European designer with the inspiration of unifying these two diverse cultures through fashion.

Find out more:
s: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MelangeMode
f: https://www.facebook.com/MelangeMode
w: http://www.shopmelangemode.com/
t: https://twitter.com/melangemode
i: http://instagram.com/melangemode

Friday, December 12, 2014

APIF Gift Guide: Interior Accessories by Eva Sonaike

Today's item in the APIF Gift Guide is a stylish print tray from the London-based brand Eva Sonaike. Impress your guests with the blue AYE tray with its planet-inspired design from the brand's Eko Eclipse collection. Handmade in Sweden from birch wood, with a 38cm radius, the  Aye tray has a protective coating which makes it dishwasher & food safe.


The tray is perfect for serving drinks and nibbles, it is a wonderful gift for the holidays and any other occasion and will bring a touch of African luxury and color into your home. I totally love it, this can also look stylish just sitting on a coffee table or dining table. Eva Sonaike has these trays in several colors. And on top of these trays also beautiful africa-inspired pillows, ottomans, bags and more.

Still need gift ideas? Shop here! Check-out other presents in the APIF Gift Guide.

Find out more:

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ethical Fashion Initiative: "Don't copy others - tell your own story"

ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative is looking for talented fashion and accessory designers from the African continent. Until the 5th of January 2015 the initiative calls designers to apply to participate in their African Fashion Designer mentoring program. They are looking for creative and ambitious designers aspiring to build an international brand that value & commit to high quality artisan ship.
 

APiF: What do you look for in a designer? 
Studio 189

Ethical Fashion Initiative: Innovation, creativity, the willingness to grow their export business with linkages to producers in Africa.
 

APiF: How can designers ensure they get noticed and stand out? 
Ethical Fashion Initiative: First of all to send all the required materials clearly and in the requested format (see information sheet). Then of course the quality of the visual samples (photos or illustrations) matter a lot. This does not mean that designers should get their collection photographed by a professional photographer, but that photos should be neat, well-lit and present the whole look. Also, it makes a real impact when the designers have a real story to tell through their collection.

APiF: Any avoidable pitfalls you see in designer applications/presentations? 

Ethical Fashion Initiative: Submitting incomplete work or photos that are too small or blurry. Not appreciating the level of competition that is out there. Applicants must give their best effort to make an impact the first time around.

APiF: What is the benefit designers gain from being part of this program?

Ethical Fashion Initiative: This competition is a huge opportunity to understand how designers can bring jobs to Africa. The Ethical Fashion Initiative supports designers in PR, Marketing and Sales.

APiF: If a designer wasn't accepted last year or some years back - does it make any sense for them to re-apply? 

Lisa Folawiyo
Ethical Fashion Initiative: Absolutely, because in the meantime they would have been working on refining their skills. This is the nature of the industry. For some of the big names in fashion today it also took time to experience success.
 

APiF: In general: any tips for new designers/start-ups in the fashion industry? Ethical Fashion Initiative: Don't copy others! Use everything that you see around you to tell your own story - one that is genuinely reflective of your own design vision.
 


Some more details about the opportunity:

Past designers that have participated in the mentoring program of the ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative include: AAKS, Ameyo, Anita Quansah London, Christie Brown, Duaba Serwa, Kiki Clothing, Lisa Folawiyo, Mina Evans, MO SAÏQUE, Sophie Zinga & Studio 189. Through the Ethical Fashion Initiative, these designers were able to participate in prestigious fashion events such as Altaroma, IED Moda, Vogue Talents, Vogue Fashion’s Night Out.


DEADLINE: Designers have until Monday 5th of January 2015 to apply.
Applications should include: a completed Designer Profile form, a designer CV/Resume (PDF format only) and 8 photos of your recent work (professionally photographed). These documents should be sent over email as a zipped folder attachment to: africandesigner@intracen.org

Click here to download the Designer Profile form at end of the page under "Apply".



Find out more:
w: http://whttp://www.intracen.org/itc/projects/ethical-fashion/
f: https://www.facebook.com/TheEthicalFashionInitiative
t: https://twitter.com/_ethicalfashion
i: http://instagram.com/EthicalFashion

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

APIF Gift Guide: The AfricanCityBag

Everyone should have one! Seriously - why just run around sporting European or American cities on your bag? Get an AfricanCityBag, make a statement and let people stare at it in the subway or on the bus and wonder where the heck Gaborone is or Harare. Apart from being a statement and just plain necessary, the tote bags are huge and you can fit anything from your laptop, your trainers, books to groceries in it. And actually also all of these items together.

I only have a couple of black and white AfricanCityBags left. So hurry and order one, they are only 22 USD each. Due to business travel the last date to ship out these bags will be next week Tuesday morning, the 16th of December.

Get your family members, friends, significant others or yourself one. There is one thing for sure: You won't regret it! Shop here! Click here to see other items in our APIF Gift Guide.

Monday, December 8, 2014

APIF Gift Guide: Urbanknit

Another gift inspiration in our APIF Gift Guide comes from the London-based brand Urbanknit. Urbanknit is an independent label creating handmade accessories for those with a taste for something different.

If you are still looking for a nice, stylish present for your girls (or yourself!) - how about this burnt orange and teal ankara snap clutch. The African floral print clutch is handmade and ideal as an evening bag or to add some spice to a casual look. The clutch is lined internally with matching orange cotton fabric. One of the flowers in the pattern has been sequined for a bit of extra glam. It will fit a phone, money, keys, make-up, camera and a lot more.

Shop the clutch here! Check-out other labels and gift ideas that were already featured on the APIF Gift Guide - click here.

Find out more:
w: http://www.urbanknit.com/
t: https://twitter.com/urbanknit
i: http://instagram.com/urbanknit

f: https://www.facebook.com/UrbanknitAccessories

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Menswear: Just love Ikiré Jones

 Photography by Rog Walker


I love the menswear label Ikiré Jones: the style, beauty, aesthetic and the awesome videos. When I was in London this Summer, one of my friends who is a photographer showed one of the brand's short films to his class and they were all stunned. Hey, can please all men dress like this? Thank you! 
The label's FW14 collection is titled "Of Saints & Savages". Why the title? The collection aims to challenge misguided beliefs on Black and African culture. In the designer's own words: "This is a public disavowing of all who think the cradle of civilization has nothing more to offer than raw materials and an army of open palms awaiting aid." Watch a short beautiful film of the new collection.

Click here to check-out an interview we did with Wale Oyejide, the designer behind the brand Ikiré Jones.

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...