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Brazilian Hipanema Bonnie Bracelet

Ohhh.., just added to the top of our wishlist of things we want this 2016, just because: the Hipanema Bonnie Bracelet. The setting: Rio, Brazil. Followed by a chance meetup of two Parisian girls. Take your legendary Copacabana bracelet and remix… Continue reading

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LADYHOOD

LADYHOOD is a Paris based brand with this self-described “African Vintage Spirit” we fell for. For more info on the brand and shop the SS15 collection go here.  

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GIVEAWAY: Toubab paris

Toubab paris recently launched its online store and we’re very thrilled to team with the French brand for an exciting giveaway for you, our readers. Founded in 2006 by designer Maud Villaret, Toubab paris offers one of a kind hand-made… Continue reading

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Tongoro!

Earlier this week, we heard of the launch of Tongoro a new online shop featuring sophisticated clothes made in Africa. Crafted in Dakar, Senegal with fabrics from Ivory Coast, Ghana (…) Tongoro which means means star in Sango, the primary… Continue reading

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Introducing Njah

                                        Can home-wear clothes be stylish? Heck, Yes and Parisian label Njah is there to remind us of that. Created by… Continue reading

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AITF IS 10!

My love affair with Africa is The Future started back in 2008 when I was interning for a magazine in NYC. I had just discovered the brand and I knew I had to blog about it both for Trace’s blog… Continue reading

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Turban Party

From June Ambrose to Solange and Christette Michele, turbans have become the accessories of choice of fashionistas and trendsetters alike. And, we are totally head over heels for Bineta Sanor’s latest capsule collection of wax turbans.   If you’re Paris… Continue reading

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La Parisienne

agnès b. is one of those designers who truly embodies the effortless elegance of la Parisienne. Her recent presentation during Paris Fashion Week was everything we can expect from this ambassador of French culture: classic pieces with a nice mix… Continue reading

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Isabel does H&M

Some images of the highly anticipated collaboration between H&M x Isabel Marant have miraculously leaked yesterday and needless to say that we LOVE what we’ve seen thus far! The pieces, the colors, the looks are so casual chic, so Marant,!… Continue reading

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AITF is Major!

The good folks over at Africa is the Future have just unveiled their newest tee, a collaboration with electro-dancehall powerhouse MAJOR LAZER. Shop your limited edition (unisex) tee and the rest of their products here.    

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Fafi does Undiz

After months of anticipation, I was extremely  excited to find out that Fafi’s collaboration’s with French lingerie brand, Undiz is out next April 11! Although I could easily buy the whole collection, yes even the men’s boxers are too die… Continue reading

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Selly Raby Kane

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A few weeks ago, we wrote about Srk a refreshing brand from Senegal and to start the year on a high note we sat down with Selly Raby Kane, the talented lady behind the brand.

Tell us a little about yourself, who is Selly Raby Kane?

I am a Senegalese fashion designer. I’ve been designing clothes for four years, and I now live in Dakar. I’m a graduate from Mod’Spe Paris and I love creating fun, easy, cartoonish-like and colourful pieces.

What is the concept behind your brand Seraka by Srk ?

Well Seraka is a way to be elegant, cool and stand-out by mixing textiles and styles. It’s like an invitation to explore genres beyond trends and to be able to offer an alternative perspective of fashion. As I like to say, fashion should be cool and fun; that is the definition of the clothes I like to wear and, consciously or not, of those that I design.

Growing up, what did you want to be?

I first wanted to be a designer, and then a journalist – I was a teen reporter for Plan International; then I wanted to be a lawyer. I came back to fashion when I realized that the first route I had taken was the one I really wanted to follow.

 Who are some of your major influences?

I would say men and women of my family. And in terms of designers, Manish Arora would be the first name right off the top of my head, then Jeremy Scott , Junya Watanabe as well as many others.

 What / who inspires you?

Music, Dakar’s art scene, people I meet, my friends…
Inspiration is kind of mystic. In my case it comes from a feeling, a mood, a person and from there a sequence of ideas that will lead to a garment. It can be compared to a butterfly effect, a smile could give birth to the most beautiful piece, the most successful one in a collection.

What’s playing on your IPod these days?

Well I’m a unconditional fan of A Tribe Called Quest, so definitely a lot of it. I’ve also been listening to Across The Imaginary Divide by Bela Fleck & Marcus Roberts which is probably the most beautiful fusion project I’ve ever heard,  some Australian rock through a band named Tame Impala, Deerhunter, Daara J… Honestly I listen to music from everywhere, every type of band. I just love beautiful things and experimental projects.

What’s next for you?

The Srk concept store opening  and my next fashion show in Dakar,  and a private sale in New York in the Spring. I’m also working on an srk e-shop.

Fosseth

Who doesn’t LOVE big, bold and colorful accessories?! We recently discovered Fosseth and fell for their hand-made leather earrings and bracelets. Shop the full collection here.

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