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Decor: Peaks and Blocks Baskets by Donna Wilson and People of the Sun for SCP

Donna Wilson and People of the Sun for SCP [Image credit: Blocks and Peaks Basket Collection – Donna Wilson and People of the Sun for SCP] These gorgeously colourful and practical baskets are the result of a cross-cultural collaboration between the Malawian-based creative social enterprise, People of the Sun, and British designer Donna Wilson. The collection entitled ‘Blocks and Peaks’ was created exclusively for SCP, a leading UK manufacturer and retailer of modern innovative furniture.

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Accessories: Contemporary Crochet from Sapelle

Fiola Fairrari at Sapellé [Malawi] How cold has it become, seemingly overnight… Caught unawares by the sudden change in weather, comes the scramble to find those hidden away scarves, jumpers, hats, tights, and even winter pjs in a bid to keep the biting cold at bay. As my mum said ‘I’d forgotten how cold it can get’ too right, and it is not even winter proper!

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Jewellery: Trollbeads Malawi Universal Uniques Collection

Trollbeads Malawi Universal Uniques Collection [Malawi] [Image credits: Malawi Universal Uniques – Trollbeads] Giving their customers the freedom to customise their jewellery as they please, Danish brand Trollbeads is known for its interchangeable beads and charms that come in an array of gemstones, 18ct gold, sterling silver, freshwater pearls and glass in an ever-evolving collection. Trollbeads currently has 600 unique styles, and each bead created has its own look and a story behind it inspired by anything from fairy tales to familiar everyday things.  The company was founded in 1976 by Lise Aagaard, when her brother Soren, a silversmith, came up with the first Trollbead […]

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Beauty: Thea Skincare Enhancing Beauty the Natural Way

Thea Skincare [Malawi]   Named after the Greek goddess of natural beauty, Thea Skincare is a luxurious range of products designed to feed your skin with the best pure, nutrient-rich and active natural ingredients Mother Nature has to offer. Thea Skincare was founded by Althea, who coming, from a background in the cosmetics industry developed a range of ethnobotanical skincare products that work to soothe, nourish and hydrate skin naturally and were inspired by a visit to Malawi and the natural, effortless beauty of Malawian women of all ages, in particular the texture and tone of their skin. During her time in […]

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Travel: Luxury Eco Lodge Kaya Mawa by Way of the Lake of Stars Festival

Kaya Mawa / Lake of Stars [Malawi] [Image credit: Kaya Mawa] At the moment, there seems to be a festival taking place everywhere you turn and not to be outdone Malawi will soon host what has been dubbed ‘Simply the finest festival in the world’ by noted UK leading music magazine; Q Magazine… high praise indeed! In partnership with arts and development organisations from the UK, the three-day extravaganza entitled the ‘Lake of Stars’ has rapidly made a name for itself across the region and beyond since launching in 2004. The showcase has grown considerably over the years; attracting top […]

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Decor: Eco chic Picture Frames Handmade in Malawi

Nkuku [Africa Inspired]  [Image credits: Nkuku – Recycled Aluminum and Wood Frames selection] Display your treasured memories with eco-chic metal and wooden frames from Nkuku. Handmade in Malawi the frames shown are stylishly simple allowing your pictures to stand out. Aiming to use natural or recycled materials where possible, the frames in the Nkuku collections are produced using wood taken from sustainable forests, in addition to aluminium and other light metals. Named after a village in Zambia, Nkuku is an online retailer of stylish, handmade eco-friendly homeware, accessories and gifts and seeks to combine contemporary designs with the traditional skills of artisans […]

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Food & Drink: Dorah Sithole Cooking from Cape to Cairo

Dorah Sithole [South Africa] [Image source: Tafelberg] Whether it’s a steaming plate of sadza ne nyama, a beautifully fragranced lamb tagine, spicy jollof rice or a Sunday roast; our favourite foods done just the way we like it provide a source of comfort, reminding us of Mum’s good home cooking and with Mother’s Day in the UK a week away, on Sunday 3rd April what a good day as any to get together, cook up a feast and honour our Mothers as we make them feel extra, extra special. As the flurry of gift buying gets underway if your Mum […]

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Accessories: Louis Mariette’s Flair for the Dramatic

Louis Mariette [MALAWI] [Image credits: Louis Mariette – Marcus Pummer, left; Benjamin Kaufmann, right] …Oh to be inside the mind of Louis Mariette, creator of fabulous bespoke hat couture, fascinators and headpieces. Dazzling, bejewelled creations take you on a journey of discovery into the wild and wonderful world of a designer who works to push the boundaries, imagining the unimaginable. A highly experimental and inquisitive designer, Louis Mariette has an impeccable eye for unique style. His designs are rooted in originality and attention to detail, created to make an entrance. Born in Malawi, with Mauritian origins and growing up in Botswana and […]

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