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Ceramics and Pottery by BTW

Want to spice up your meals, sans extra ingredients? Well, this is for you. Embrace the irregular everyday with BWT Ceramics and Pottery created Brooke T. Winfrey. The Brooklyn based company creates a minimal and functional handmade pieces—think dinnerware, speckled mug sand… Continue reading

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Get to know Mawusi

Founded by designer Jane Odartey, Mawusi offers a collection of handmade accessories inspired by the designer’s Ghanian roots. We certainly love the refreshing tone and subtle hues of those pieces that look perfect for Spring or Summer. Shop the full… Continue reading

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Montreal’s finest: Franck & Oak x Dave 1

We truly love Franck & Oak refreshing branding strategy. In less than a year the Montreal-based online store has become THE online destination for stylish gentlemen in Canada and beyond. And for their latest collaboration, they teamed up with trendsetter … Continue reading

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Yolanda Sangweni

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I first met Yolanda a few years ago when I was interning at Trace Magazine and I was immediately struck by her flyness, her wit and overall dopeness. Born in South Africa, this mother of two who is now Entertainment Editor at ESSENCE.com, was chosed by Forbes as one of the 20 Young Power Women in Africa last year.
We had a chat with her and it went a little something like this.

Tell us a little a bit about yourself, who is Yolanda Sangweni?
I am a South African-born, Brooklyn residing mom, wife, daughter and lover of all things amazing. By day I work as an editor at Essence.com (the online component to Essence Magazine) and run AfriPOP! I’m also a singer and songwriter on the come up.

Growing up, what did you want to be?
I always wanted to be a teacher, until I read Toni Morrison’s novel “Beloved” in high school. I even went to Howard University to follow in her footsteps – LOL! The book totally changed my life and perspective on how Black girls could tell our stores. I remember thinking, ‘I want to write stories like this.’ I never followed the novelist path, but I did end up becoming a journalist – still writing stories, just not fiction.

What is the idea behind AfriPOP, the webzine you founded?
I’m an African who spent a large majority of my life outside the continent. Growing up in Harlem, the only images we had of Africa were the usual horrible ones. When I went back home to South Africa at 20 years old it was like a reintroduction to the magnificence of our people, and continent. I started AfriPOP as a way to celebrate that beauty, drive and sheer dopeness that I saw of the young people of Africa. I like to say that I want it to be as if I am holding up a mirror to remind us just how dope we are as a people.

As an artist, a singer, what inspires you?
I am inspired by the experience of living in New York and feeling like an outsider. And then living in, say, Johannesburg and still feeling like an outsider. I remember Toni Morrison, again, being one of the first people to introduce me to the idea of being a liminal being – a person equally existing between two worlds, home and host. I guess these days we call ourselves Afropolitans. Many of my songs are rooted in this idea of co-existing in these two worlds –the immigrant experience, basically.

What’s your work philosophy or motto?
Do what pleases your heart. Since I’ve been an adult (never mind the under-the-table jobs one has to take when one has no papers in America) I’ve never worked a job that didn’t make me happy. I’m naturally an inquisitive person so journalism and being an editor was right up my alley.

How would you define your personal style?
Bohemian? I’m not sure, but I think that’s the closest.

What do you feel is your biggest achievement?
Besides raising my sons (with my husband), I think nurturing my dreams has been my greatest achievement. The universe has conspired with me on many an occasion and it feels great.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I’m not telling. *wink*

What was the last book you read?
The Zahir by Paula Coehlo.

Lastly what is playing on your IPod these days?
Kendrick, Laura Mvula, Dizu Platjies, and Alice Smith.

From House to Home

DJ, musician, model and Madewell muse Solange Knowles’ abode brilliantly matches high and low, modern and classic for an eclectic mix. Photography: Paul Costello for Elle  

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Crew Sketches

Brooklyn based designer and art director Darien Birk‘s bold character sketches combine vector drawings with playful colour combinations for an eye-catching design. SOURCE

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Dusen Dusen

Swoon by these dresses from Dusen Dusen‘s Fall 2011 collection. Brooklyn-based designer Ellen Van Dusen‘s great eye for fresh & geometrical patterns  makes her works even more exciting. Shop these and the rest of the collection here.

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Plan ahead

With the new year right around the corner, most of us have already started shopping around for ways   and this set of watercolor and letterpress calendars by Linda & Harriet might just be what we’ve been looking for  They… Continue reading

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Map that

On a recent trip to Kapok, one of our new favorite store in Montreal, we recently discovered a line of tote bags that won our hearts of world travelers. Maptote is a Brooklyn based brand- fashion stylist Rachel Rheingold and… Continue reading

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Le cirque

Peep this stunning images from Brooklyn Circus‘s latest lookbook. Style, substance & perennity  are asome of the words that come to mind when looking at these photographs by John Midgley. Visit the BKc newly revamped here. You’ll thank us later.

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Brooklyn Delight

On a recent visit at a Whole Foods Market, our eyes stumbled upon these stylized chocolate bars by Mast Brothers. Mast Brothers are a team of Brooklyn based chocolate artisans that make delicious handmade chocolate in their Williamsburg atelier. Using… Continue reading

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Yummy logo

Love this original logo from Williamusburg foodie heaven Walter Foods.The food is a yummy as it seems (peep their lunch menu) and the staff is the nicest.So next time you’re in the Big Apple,  you should pay them a visit,… Continue reading

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Brooklyn in a Bottle

Do the right thing and get your limited edition version of The Brand Union x Spike Lee collaboration. Part of the Absolut vodka’s city series, this bottle represents the ‘stoop life’ as a theme to tell the story of Brooklyn. The… Continue reading

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