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Kustom Looks showcase their Miaka Collection

Written by Shirlene Brown | April 6, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Kustom Looks founded by Kwab Asamoah has clothed several local celebrities/personalities, including news anchor, Leon Harris; head of Republicans’ Michael Steele; Brian Mitchell, former NFL Football Athlete; and TOP Black CEO, Russell Wright.

Outfit from the Miaka Collection

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Wale Adeyemi styles the celebrities

Written by Shirlene Brown | March 23, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Wale Adeyemi, MBE, is a young British designer and stylist who attended Thurrock and Basildon College.  The list of celebrities he has styled include Ms. Dynamite, June Sarpong, Alicia Keys, Mos Def, Reggie Yates, Beyonce, Amerie, Charlotte Church, Missy Elliott, Lisa Maffia, and David and Victoria Beckham.

Wale Adeyemi

Wale Adeyemi

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Energeias-Luxe Fitness and Medora Salon and Spa by Sidney Sladen now open

Written by Shirlene Brown | March 16, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Sidney Sladen, the Kenyan/Indian designer of renown, recently added a fitness/salon/day spa to his list of business endeavors. Located in Poe Gardens, Energeias, the fitness suite, and Medora, the salon and spa, officially opened their doors to the public on March 10, 2012.  He previously launched a luxury dog spa, Kabbs Pet Spa and Boutique, in Chennai with business partner Sundar Ramaswamy.

Medora

Medora

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Cyrus Kabiru: Through the C-Stunners

Interview by Wanjiru Ndung'u | March 5, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Who is Cyrus Kabiru? After making inquiries, doing my research, and making an appointment, I headed out to Kuona Trust to meet up with this most sought-after artist.

Cyrus Kibiru

Cyrus Kibiru

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Senait Gidey – Sinuous on the catwalk

Written by Shirlene Brown | December 5, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Senait Gidey is a model who moves with fluid grace on the catwalk.  Her phenomenal eyes and great bone structure are making her a common feature on many a catwalk.  She has walked for Issey Miyake, Rachel Zoe, Nanette Lepore, Elie Tahari, DKNY, Rebecca Taylor, and Charlotte Ronson, to name a few.

Her versatile looks make her a great fit for both high fashion and girl-next-door photo shoots…..but don’t take our word for it, look at her pictures and draw your own conclusions.  You can follow her tweets on Twitter.

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African Fashion Week showcases real African designers.

Written by Shirlene Brown | October 25, 2011 | Leave a Comment

It has always been a pet peeve that many of the African designs we are seeing pop up on international runways are designed by western designers.  It is even more disturbing that when magazines and newspapers want to showcase African designs, they talk to non-African designers who they quote as ‘experts’.  I always wonder if they couldn’t find one African designer to interview for an opinion.

David Tlale

David Tlale in one of his green-themed designs

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Fabryan Designs: A taste of luxury

Interview by Wanjiru Ndung'u | October 17, 2011 | Leave a Comment

FABRYAN designs from the onset show a mark of luxury. These designs, executed to perfection, have grown to excite the London fashion scene, appearing in the London Fashion Week twice. Jamati got an exclusive interview from Benin-born, Samantha-Jane, the name behind the luxury designs, to find otu what exactly makes Fabryan stand out.

A Fabryan design

A Fabryan design

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Adèle Dejak – Combining recycling and design

Written by Wanjiru Ndung'u | September 16, 2011 | Leave a Comment

I first heard of her from a friend who visited from Jamaica, she asked me to take her to the store of Adele Dejak, and I was thought, “Whom?” However after investigation we located her store in the upmarket area of Westlands, Kenya. It was instant love at first sight with her creations and this led to my curiosity to know more about this extremely creative artist.

Patricia

Patricia

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Maison d’Afie

Interview by Wanjiru Ndung'u | September 6, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Just from the name Maison d’Afie you can sense a touch of sophistication and luxury and that’s just what you get from this brand of fashion design. The brainchild of the lovely Miss Sarah Devine, Maison d’Afie is a brand that brings a sense of luxury and comfort to the wearer. The designs are cut out from exquisite fabrics with different prints and detail is focused on an elaborate finish.

Maison D'Afie

Maison D'Afie

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The Multi-Talented Liz Ogumbo

Interview by Wanjiru Ndung'u | August 8, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Liz Ogumbo, is a model, cum designer, cum singer and much more, roles which she is able to interweave so beautifully to define herself. Coming from a vocally talented household it’s not a wonder that she processes such an amazing musical talent. But that’s not all, Liz is also a very talented fashion designer, owner of “House of Imani”, and a part-time model. Liz Ogumbo, stays close to her African roots and it’s what she says she celebrates everyday.

Liz Ogumbo

Liz Ogumbo

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Lisa Folawiyo brings bling to clothes with Jewel by Lisa

Written by Shirlene Brown | July 27, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Lisa Folawiyo is a rather unassuming lady with a passion for fashion.  Her keen eye for style partnered with a love for shiny objects has helped her create a line that is uniquely hers.   Each piece she designs is lovingly tended to, with many of them featuring hand-sewn jewels.

Long-lauded as a designer to watch, she is a favorite with fashion aficionados who love the way she combines color, texture, and style into unique pieces that are worthy of any runway in the world.  Specializing in Ankara clothing, she uses the designs exclusively and has an avid following.   Her designs have been featured in the Arise Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week, and New York Fashion Week, where they have been very well received.

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