Third Culture Kids – by Atong Atem

South Sudanese photographer Atong Atem creates with her studio series an homage to African Studio photography. Living in Australia, she placed her friends into the context of elements from their culture/heritage, that they have been displaced from. In her own words: ‘There is something important about being able to take our icons and visual language…

Swing into Spring with Duro Olowu

Inspired by the 1930s is the ready-to-wear Spring 2019  collection by Nigerian designer Duro Olowu – mixed with a  lot of bold flower prints and stripes. I love how the stripes and prints are being combined in some of the looks. The look with the short jacket over the dress almost looks vintage. I could…

Interview with interior designer Nana Amu: Loving the space you live in!

APiF: Please introduce yourself. Nana Amu: I am a Ghanaian global nomad, an eclectic mix of cultural and creative influences. My father was a diplomat, representing Ghana in various countries around the world. I was exposed to a rich tapestry of cultures and variety of art forms in Australia, Italy and the UK where I…

Trending: Traveling Africa

Traveling Africa is trending. In the last two years, I have noticed travel groups and organizations popping up that are focused on delivering a unique Africa travel experience.  Several of these travel groups are black-owned, which is great! They all emphasize different aspects: some are about diving into he glitz and glam of big African…

Interview with Afrikrea: The etsy of African Fashion

APiF: Please introduce yourself. Moulaye Taboure: I am Moulaye one of the co-founders of Afrikrea. I am a young Malian and grew up in Bamako. I studied and worked in Paris for 10 years, and now I am back living on the African continent – currently in Abidjan.   APiF: What is your cultural heritage…

Black Icons: “Re-envisioning the ancestors through visual art”

A couple of weeks ago I went to a Pop-up by “Colored Girls Hustle” in Brooklyn. At the event I came across the visual artist Makeba “KEEBS” Rainey and her beautiful collages of Black Icons.  Find out more about the artist whose purpose is to “create art for Black People”.   APiF: Please introduce your…

Ayok’a: A Platform for Black Artists

Ivorian/French entrepreneur Alice Gbelia was looking for art to decorate her home – she wanted specifically art that referenced her African heritage and represented Black Pop Culture. As she couldn’t find a website that offered what she was looking for, she decided to create a platform that represented and offered art and designs by Black…

Interview with Chapstudios: “Africans telling their African stories”

Meet Chapstudios, a young brand from South Africa. Its 22-year-old founder Thandazani Nofingxana is using his Xhosa heritage as inspiration for his designs. Thandazani beliefs that it is about time that young Africans are telling their own stories – and he wants to accomplish this through his designs.     APiF: Please introduce yourself. Chapstudios:…

Sarep Rose: “Not here to reinforce linear notions of ‘African’ aesthetics”

  APiF: Please introduce who you are Sarep Rose: I’m Robin. I currently live in New York but grew up in London.   APiF: What motivated you to start your brand Sarep Rose? Sarep Rose: I was disillusioned with life after graduation and I wanted to do something fun and completely different to my ‘day…

Come Shop on “Black Girl Magic” Street in Brooklyn

I live on “Black Girl Magic” Street also known as Tompkins Ave in Brooklyn, NY. Why “Black Girl Magic” Street? Because a total of 15! Black Women have opened their businesses here in the last couple of years and added huge value and a great vibe to the block. When I moved here a couple…

The Comeback of Arise Fashion Week

After a break of six years, Arise Fashion Week is back and showcased 50 designers from 15 countries over the Easter Holiday weekend in Lagos, Nigeria. The Who is Who of African Fashion and African Creative Excellence attended the event. It felt like all the cool & stylish peeps of the African Fashion World that…

Emmy Kasbit: “An Ode to Culture”

APiF: Please introduce yourself. Okoro Emmanuel: My Name is Okoro Emmanuel. I am the creative director for the fashion brand Emmy Kasbit. APiF: When did you start Emmy Kasbit and what motivated you to launch the brand? OM: Emmy Kasbit was launched in January 2014, the brand was birthed out of my passion to clothe…