Where can I get that? Shopping Africa-inspired designs online
Whenever I am posting a cool design, the number one question is: Where can I get that? To get your hands on items from African Designers can be tricky at times, if they don’t have an online-shop on their website. Here is a selection of shopping platforms that offer clothes and accessories from African designers: (Updated August 2015)
Online store specializing in African and Africa-inspired Fashion. Besides being a go-to platform for designs, Zuvaa also wants to establish itself as an online Community, where customers can create personalized profiles, post pictures of themselves, exchange ideas and connect with like-minded peers.
myAsho is the platform with the biggest designer names. They sell accessories and clothes from Jewel by Lisa, Christie Brown, Ituen Basi etc. The site is easy to navigate and they ship worldwide. The only bummer is when it comes to the well-known designer names, that they don’t always have a great selection of their latest collections available.
Accessories and designs from emerging designers and smaller labels. Here you can find designers like Doris & Doris, Modahnik, Adjoa Osei and many more.
BHF Shopping Mall
Great shopping platform that is part of the BHF Magazine. They offer interior design and paintings as well as accessories, bags and clothes. The prices range from anything between 20 bucks to over 400. I especially like their necklaces and bags.
Agnes and Lola
Cool, fashion-forward designs from designers across the continent and the diaspora. Items can be pricey but their sales are really worth checking out.
The Afropolitan Shop
Supporting up and coming African designers is the objective of this online store. Here you can find bags by designers like Kushn as well as beaded and silver jewelry.
Ankcara – The Global Marketplace
US-based online portal with a great mix of smaller and more established designers. One can find accessories, bags and clothing between 16 USD and up to 400 USD.
Online boutique and also real store located in Washington, DC. Here you can find edgy and fashion-forward designs by African and Africa-inspired designers. Rompers, luxury clutches, dresses, bags, sneakers – you name it!
Famous for their beautiful maxi and mini skirts – everyone should have a Melange Mode item in their closet. The designs are simple, yet chic and sexy. Shop here if you are in need of some great new print skirts.
Shop African Fashion Online – the tag line of Kisua. The store is focused on highend African Fashion made in Africa. I have shopped already several items here and was never disappointed. Elegant, cool aesthetic and they ship very quickly. Great place to look for items to mix with your everyday outfits.
Ready to wear – ready to shine. Come here for some ready to wear African Fashion. Modern, fresh designs to affordable prices. I bought one of my favorite skirts here!
This Paris-based platform offers many cool and new designers that push the envelope and redefine what African Fashion is all about. Very inspirational!
SBA started out as a blog and evolved to include the online boutique. Check the store for contemporary African brands that are not just stylish, but also have high quality and production values.
This is my own online store where I am selling huge black tote bags that sport African City names. They are great statement bags and big enough to carry a lot of heavy items like groceries, sneakers and a laptop around. If I feel someone staring intently at me in the subway or on the bus, it’s usually because people are trying to place all the city names. So the bag is not just cool, but educational as well!
Is there another great shopping platform that I missed? Please comment below and let me know!