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Fashion: Mimi Plange in Partnership with Manolo Blahnik

Mimi Plange [Ghana]   [Image credits: top, Manolo Blahnik for Mimi Plange; bottom, Mimi Plange – Spring/Summer 2012] Spring has sprung; record-breaking temperatures and the clocks going forward over the weekend, got me thinking its high time I dusted of my strappy sandals, as well as dreaming of adding a few more to the collection. Being able to create that perfect pair of shoes to accessories that perfect outfit is I suspect a dream for many a budding fashion designer; and is one that was realised by fashion designer Mimi Plange, who partnered with legendary footwear designer Manolo Blahnik to create two pairs of custom-designed […]

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Design: Bamboula Folding Chair Made In Ghana

Bamboula [Ghana]   Today I became ever more aware of restaurants bringing their tables outside, heavy winter coats shed in favour of shirtsleeves and being dazzled by a gorgeous creature who wafted by in a cloud of peach tulle and ballet slippers; all signalling the arrival of spring and the promise of a week of rising temperatures. The image of this carved wood and rattan folding chair has been sitting on my desktop for the best part of a year, reminding me of exactly this type of weather, that makes you want to drag your chair outside, put your feet […]

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Accessories: KUA’s Pretty Summer Accessories

KUA [Ghana]   A kaleidoscope of prints, textures and bright colour characterise the bags and fashion accessories of US-Based label KUA, and their colourful and fun range of straw bags make for pretty summer accessories; think summer weddings (…great for bridesmaids) to nights out and everything in between.  

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Design: Tekura Upholding Ghana’s Crafts and Woodcarving Heritage

Tekura [Ghana] [Image credit: Tekura Walking Tables – AfricaNow!] Imbued with the spirit of Ghana’s rich culture and heritage, Tekura is a Ghanaian furniture and décor accessories company that was founded in 2000 Josephine and Kweku Forson. Tekura draws inspiration from ancient cultures such as the legendary Ashanti and Fanti to produce stylish yet functional collections that include stools, tables, benches and storage containers; in addition to complimentary home décor items like bowls, vases and mirrors.    

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Interiors: Celebrating the Style, Taste, and Culture of Africa

Diane Tevoedjre [South Africa] [Image credit: Diane Tevoedjre Home, Exterior – Habitat] A blend of African, European, and Asian cultural influences underpins the elegant style of interior designer Diane Tevoedjre, whose contemporary design solutions draw on her upbringing, travels, and life experiences. The daughter of a diplomat, Diane is of Malian and Beninese heritage and was born in Ghana, and has lived in the US, Italy, Germany, Belgium, France, the Far East, Central, and West Africa, and Switzerland to name a few. Starting her professional career as an art dealer and interior designer over 15 years ago after studying in Geneva, Dallas and Paris, […]

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Food & Drink: Prestat, the Quintessential British Chocolatier

Prestat/Esoko [São Tomé / Madagascar / Ghana] [Image credits: left, Sao Tome; right, Madagascar Single Origin Chocolate Buttons – Prestat] You’d have thought I’d have had my fill of chocolate over Christmas, and given I’m still making my way through the leftovers I now have my eye on some chocolate buttons, a particular favourite, I do like the way they melt in your mouth one drop at a time…makes them a very moreish treat. The targets currently in mind are some Single Origin Chocolate Buttons from Prestat, the quintessential London-based chocolatier whose confections I came across when I took a detour through […]

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Design: Pfeifer Studio Wooden Stools Inspired by traditional African Seating

Pfeifer Studio [Africa Inspired] [Image credit: Abaidoo Wooden Stool – Pfeifer Studio] I can’t remember what I was looking for when I stumbled upon the blog for Pfeifer Studio and saw a post on their African inspired stool. Called ‘Abaidoo’, the stool was named after a friend’s Ghanaian father-in-law and is a bestseller within the Pfeifer Studio collections. Based in New Mexico, USA Pfeifer Studio designs, produces and sources a range of stylish interior and personal furniture and accessories for retail; as well as working with designers and architects to source unique interior products for their projects and have included luxury hotels […]

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Beauty: Coccolily London Pink Nail Polish Collection

Coccolily [Ghana] [Image credit: Pink London Nail Polish Range – Coccolily] Whilst going through and updating the site I revisited a few brands that I hadn’t check-in on in a while. One of those was a Canadian based fashion label, Coccolily, click to read the profile. It seems that for most fashion brands after accessories the next diversifying favourite is creating a signature perfume, but in the case of Coccolily, a range of girly nail polishes have been the product of choice. 

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Lifestyle: Novica Artisans Christmas Tree Decorations Made in Ghana

Novica Artisans – Victor Yao Delanyo / Francis Agbete [Ghana] [Image credits: top, Celebration Masks; bottom, Festive Masks – Victor Yao Delanyo/NOVICA] December’s here and outcome the trees and decorations. My sister and her kids put their’s up yesterday; a luxurious black tree draped with tinsel and baubles in various gold, brandy, and bronze tones that pick up and reflect her muted sidelights; bringing a warm glow to her living room. If you are looking for some inspiration for your tree this season, I found these miniature hand-carved West African masks and figurines on the artisan marketplace, NOVICA. Made in Ghana, […]

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Jewellery: Anita Quansah London Eco-Adornment

Anita Quansah London [Nigeria / Ghana] Bold, beautiful, and highly expressive accessories that celebrate the strength of a woman without compromising on femininity; just some of the defining characteristics to be found in the jewellery pieces from UK-based accessory designer Anita Quansah. Having trained as a textile designer, Anita set up her eponymous eco-luxury fashion textiles and accessories label in 2006 and saw her intricately embellished textiles leading to the creation of ornate jewel laden neckpieces and the influence is unmistakable when you see the textural quality of the pieces. I can’t get enough of the flower-like statement choker below; […]

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Beauty: Packaging Inspired by West Africa’s Love of Wax Cloth Fabrics

L’Occitane [Africa Inspired]   Escaping the crowds on Regent Street I ducked into L’Occitane in search of a few moments of respite. When it comes to tourist attractions London’s Regent Street is notoriously congested. I have been spending quite a bit of the time in the area due to a current assignment and most lunchtimes have literally found myself doing battle as I try to make my way along… frustration is not the word, but in an attempt to avoid the crowds have found myself wandering off the beaten track, discovering some quiet oases in the process. One day however I wasn’t […]

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Travel: Villa Monticello Ghana’s Exclusive Boutique Hotel

Villa Monticello [Ghana] Whether you’re a frequent traveller to Ghana or just looking for a stylish cityscape, Villa Monticello is an exclusive boutique hotel positioned to tempt the discerning traveller in search of ‘something a little bit different’ without having to compromise on luxury and quality. Situated in the capital, Accra Villa Monticello combines luxury with the rich culture of Ghana and is a very chic city retreat comprising just fourteen suites, a defining feature that allows the hotel to extend a highly attentive and personalised service to each guest who comes to stay. What sets Villa Monticello apart is that each […]

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Architecture: Author Lesley Lokko’s Modern Tranquil Home in Ghana

Lesley Lokko [Ghana] [Image credit: Home Exterior and Garden – Lesley Lokko] I’ve just finished reading a book called ‘Saffron Skies’ by author Lesley Lokko; whom I came to know of the by chance when I happened to catch a fairly old rerun of the lifestyle show Studio 53, featuring an interview with her. As an avid reader, I can’t understand why Lesley Lokko hadn’t crossed my radar before, but a couple of clicks on Google brought me quickly up to speed and having got my hands on a couple of her books I’m definitely making up for lost time! Sweeping tales, offering […]

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Beauty: Bulldog Moisturiser with Organic Shea Butter from Ghana

Bulldog [Africa Inspired] [Image credit: Eco-System Moisturiser – Bulldog] So… having a name like Bulldog doesn’t exactly conjure up images of anything tender; however it is the name of a range of men’s natural skincare products that are designed to… look after and care for the skin naturally. Producing products that contain no harsh chemicals like Parabens, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, artificial colours and synthetic fragrances Bulldog was founded in 2006 by Simon Duffy and Rhodri Ferrier who saw a gap in the market for a line of natural skincare products aimed squarely at the male grooming sector; products that needed to be more than just […]

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Beauty: Nuvivi Natural Hand Made Soaps Founded On Tradition

Nuvivi [Ghana] Nuvivi is a company founded on tradition, using tried and tested traditional methods to create their luxurious hand made soaps. Growing up in a soap-making home and utilising the skills learnt along the way; founder Antoinnette handcrafts the soaps herself using recipes handed down from her mother. Nuvivi soaps are 100% natural; no artificial colours or additives that can irritate the skin are used, instead only the best natural ingredients go into making each product and include; wild herbs, spices, olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, cocoa butter and shea butter. Rosemary extract is used to preserve the soaps, […]

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Accessories: Choolips hand-printed Scarves

Choolips [Ghana] [Image credit: Coffee Bean Gold Border Scarf – Choolips] Ok… so I’m coming to terms with the fact that autumn is around the corner and gradually letting go of the hope of a sudden late summer; after such a promising start it hasn’t been the greatest. In preparation for the chilly days to come London-based clothing and accessory label Choolips have a range of boldly printed cotton scarves. Choolips is a fair-trade clothing company whose philosophy is one of simple stylishness, whilst helping to preserve ancient textile traditions.

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Fashion: Casely-Hayford A Design Legacy in Motion

Casely-Hayford [Ghana] A few weeks ago I engaged in a lively debate with some family members; we were discussing Zimbabwean businesses and what it takes to establish lasting legacies known all over the world for quality, service and craftsmanship; that not only the business but the country as a whole could be proud of; a debate that can easily extend to African businesses across the continent. Lasting legacies are something you see all the time with British heritage brands like Burberry and Mulberry, the former dating back over a hundred years, and the French couture houses. I’m not saying legacies […]

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Beauty: Akoma Skincare Male Grooming Gifts for Fathers Day

Akoma Skincare [Ghana]  [Image credit: Male grooming giftset – Akoma] The closer Father’s Day gets certain businesses must surely see an upsurge in hanky and sock purchases from those who have left it to the last minute. I admit I have been guilty of this at some point, but I always try to get something meaningful and imaginative. How many socks and hankies can one man have anyway! Why not treat the treasured men folk in your life to some loving skincare, a thoughtful gift that can say a lot if it is the right product. UK-based Akoma Skincare specialises in organic […]

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Lifestyle: Threads of Change Mud and Wax Cloth Mobile and Tablet Sleeves

Threads of Change [Africa Inspired] Once upon a time you could just put your mobile into your pocket or bag and just go (…well I still do!); but now ever-rapidly evolving interactive, on-the-go paraphernalia such as handheld computer games, iPhones, Blackberrys, iPads and more are so ingrained in our day-to-day lives we now seek to dress them up as expressions of ourselves whilst keeping them safe – think of the teenage girl with her rhinestone covered mobile phone or the interchangeable ‘skins’ that come in a plethora of colour and pattern. So how about some colourful, distinctive Mud and wax […]

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