The Shop Update - Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation expect production and shipping delays.

Cart

Press Enter / Return to begin your search.

Textiles: Legendary Textile Artist Nike Davies Okundaye

Nike Davies Okundaye [Nigeria] [Image credit: Reverse Applique Wall Hanging – Nike Centre for Art and Culture] Inspired by her great-grandmother, a weaver and Adire textile maker/dyer, Nike Davies Okundaye is one of Nigeria’s most celebrated textile artists and painters, as well as a social entrepreneur and philanthropist whose passion and dedication towards reviving her country’s artistic and cultural heritage is truly inspiring. Traditions are so often passed down from generation to generation in the form of vocational hands-on-training, and this was the case for Nike who received no formal training, instead taking what she learned from her great-grandmother and developing her […]

Read More

Lifestyle: Bibi Invitations Reader Offer

Bibi Invitations [Nigeria] [Image credits: Ifenkili – Bibi Invitations] Spotting a gap in the market after an unsuccessful search to find modern invitation designs that showcased her vibrant Nigerian heritage prompted designer Ify Ojo to seriously consider creating her own range and led to the founding of Bibi Invitations; an exquisite range of wedding and special occasion invitations designed to capture the vibrant celebratory spirit of Nigerian, and indeed many African special occasions. The company was officially launched in 2012 by three friends; Ify Ojo and Omena Babalola who are based in Canada, and Chinelo Agazie who is based in the UK. […]

Read More

Accessories: Buki Akib The Wives Luxury Bag Collection for Darkroom

Buki Akib [Nigeria] [Image credits: Buki Akib, Fela, The Wives Bag Collection – Darkroom] Continuing to draw inspiration from Fela Kuti, Nigerian knitwear designer Buki Akib has launched a luxury collection of bags inspired by the legendary singer’s 27 wives. Exclusive to London store, Darkroom; Fela, The Wives is a follow up to Buki’s acclaimed menswear collection, previously featured on the site here. 

Read More

Textiles: Banke Kuku Queen of Colour

Banke Kuku [Nigeria] [Image credit: Victorian Chairs – Banke Kuku] Inspired by a fusion of African and western culture Banke Kuku, is a luxury interiors and textiles company that specialises in innovative printed and woven textiles. Nigerian born and London-based; creative director and founder Banke Kuku draws on her culture and heritage to create bespoke patterns and textiles rich with colour and texture. Her textiles have been used in the collections of some of the world’s leading designers including Duro Olowu, Jasmine di Milo, Burberry; and more recently Jewel by Lisa Spring/Summer 2012, which I previously featured here. Following a show in Milan, […]

Read More

Art: Nigerian Artist Toni Okujeni

Toni Okujeni [Nigeria]   En route to Dakar’s airport is Village des Artes; a thriving community of artists, painters, sculptors based in former worker cottages that have been turned into art studio/workshops, with a central gallery holding exhibitions. The set up and atmosphere of the place took me back to my days at the art department at Harare Polytechnic; fresh out of high school and preparing to embark on a creative career but uncertain of what I wanted to be, and seizing the opportunities to dabble in printmaking, life drawing, painting, ceramics and more whilst surrounded by fellow creatives in the […]

Read More

Textiles: Comfort & Samuel Paying Homage to Africa’s Textile Heritage

Comfort & Samuel [Nigeria] [Image credits: left, Ododo; and right, Osun, Samuel, and Alabi Cushions – Comfort & Samuel] Give your bedroom an instant makeover with a refreshing range of colourful bed linens from Comfort & Samuel. Based in the UK, Comfort & Samuel’s elegant collections, which also include cushions and personal accessories, draw inspiration from African designs and prints by tapping into the Continent’s diverse textile heritage. Comfort & Samuel celebrates styles from the homegrown such as a centuries-old Yoruba printing technique called Adire Eleko, Guinea Brocade characteristed by its high thread count and smooth touch, intense Indigo and the loom woven Aso Oke; […]

Read More

Art: Vintage Yoruba Beaded Chairs

Yoruba Beaded Chairs [Nigeria] [Image source: Pair of Yoruba Beaded Chairs via If the Lampshade Fits] Shabby Chic® refers to objects that have made it through the years, passed through from generation to generation and despite looking a little worn around the edges, exude a familiar comforting feeling cloaked with an air of faded grandeur and elegance but are still well-loved, appreciated for where they have come from and the stories they tell, this is often seen with family heirlooms as well as newer items that have purposely been distressed to achieve the look and feel. Shabby Chic® originated in the 1980s […]

Read More

Jewellery: Mana Dainty and Romantic Jewelry

Manna [Nigeria] [Image credit: Manna Jewellery] Introduced to Manna through an article in the online magazine, Hornblend, I was instantly taken with the delicate vintage feel of the jewellery pieces that are designed and handmade by designer Bunmi Balogun, who works from her studio in London’s Kensington. Growing up in a home filled with vintage charm and antiques Bunmi is inspired by the old; by heritage and craftsmanship, coupled with the influences of her highly creative parents and multicultural upbringing; the designer was born in Nigeria, grew up in Lagos and rural England and travelled extensively. These diverse influences can be seen across Manna designs […]

Read More

Accessories: Ugo’s Oilcloth Bags

Ugo [Nigeria]   How trendy are Ugo’s oilcloth bags, and so practical too given a day like today’s wet weather! Oilcloth or PVC coated fabrics have been popular with designers like Cath Kidston and Orla Kiely whose distinctive patterned bags and accessories are highly sort after fashion accessories. Ugo is the brainchild of Ugonna Hosten, an accessories designer living in London, UK. Ugonna was born in Nigeria, moving to the UK in 1989 and is inspired by uplifting and expressive traditions, including the African tradition of storytelling and through her products seeks to convey the joy, beauty, strength, and richness of African […]

Read More

Fashion: Jewel by Lisa In Collaboration with Textile Designer Banke Kuku

Jewel by Lisa [Nigeria] [Image credit: Vintage Love Collection, Spring/Summer 2012 – Jewel by Lisa]   One of Africa’s leading luxury fashion brands, Jewel by Lisa was founded in 2005 by Lisa Folawiyo, a fashion lover who’s sophisticated and glamourous style sees crystals, beads, sequins and other trimmings meticulously hand-sewn onto Ankara fabrics, that are combined with linen, Chantilly lace, silk, taffeta, cotton, and chiffon to create unique and sought after collections. Jewel by Lisa’s creations are all handcrafted and individually embellished, a process that can take about 120 hours, giving an insight into just how much work goes into […]

Read More

Jewellery: Mijola Daniel Jewelry Boutique

Mijola Daniel [Nigeria] [Image credit: Genevieve Magazine shoot 2009 – Mijola Daniel] Situated along London’s fashionable King’s Road you will find Mijola Daniel, a jewellery boutique offering its clients exquisite jewellery pieces, along with a bespoke service for those in search of something more personal. Mijola Daniel was set up by Bola Ogundipe; a design lover who was looking for some flexibility in her working life after the birth of her third child. Combining her African heritage with western design influences Bola created her first collection and then went on to have her creations stocked within various concessions around West London. Her heart, however, lay in […]

Read More

Fashion: Tiffany Amber Lily Twist Dress

Tiffany Amber [Nigeria] [Image credits: Tiffany Amber Lily Twist Dress – MyAsho] Shimmer and shine your way through the festive season with this gorgeous dress from Tiffany Amber, currently available on fashion boutique My Asho. Letting fluid silk fabric drape sensually round the body, gathering into an elegant twist at the front and available in a range of stunning jewel tones, just in time for all those New Year parties, the Lily Twist dress defines effortless elegance and reminds me of a very sophisticated take on the traditional African practice of wrapping a piece of fabric around the body and knotting at the […]

Read More

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; […]

Read More

Art: Sculptor Lawson Oyekan at One Canada Square Canary Wharf

Lawson Oyekan [Nigeria] [Image credit: Lawson Oyekan, Manifestation of Dance: 1996 – Los Angeles County Museum of Art] Until Friday 11 November 2001, the lobby of One Canada Square in Canary Wharf London plays host to the ceramic creations of sculptor Lawson Oyekan. Regular visitors to Canary Wharf may already be familiar with Lawson’s work, the artist has had four ceramic sculptures on permanent display as part of Canary Wharf’s permanent art collection for a while now, and this current exhibition sees some of his more recent works going on display alongside them in a showcase of the artist’s talent and […]

Read More

Fashion: Relax in Earth Couture Leisure Wear

Earth Couture [Nigeria] With it getting chillier and darker outdoors, it is so tempting to stay indoors curled up in comfy clothes but sometimes comfy can mean ‘living’ in your favourite PJ’s or tracksuit when the opportunity arises… nothing wrong with that, but if you want to up the style stakes then Earth Couture’s easy-to-wear collections are perfect offering stylish yet comfortable clothes so you can still look good whilst slouching around the house.  

Read More

Food & Drink: African Cuisine with Akhaya Cookery School

Akhaya Cookery School [Nigeria] New to African cooking or simply want to try your hand at creating dishes from another part of the continent, then look to Akhaya Cookery School to help you on your way. I was watching a recent episode of CNN’s Inside Africa when I saw a profile on young Nigerian entrepreneur Jennifer Okpapi and the cooking classes she runs in Tottenham, North London based on her love for African food.

Read More

Fashion: Isossy Children’s Wear Transcending Cultural Differences

Isossy Children [Nigeria] [Image source: Ami and Eve Dresses – Isossy Children – West London Mum] Whether prim and proper or cute and stylish, Isossy Children caters to the needs of today’s fashion-forward children with a beautifully designed contemporary collection of designer clothing for girls aged 2-10 years, that aims to transcend cultural differences. Isossy Children’s founder Amanda Rabor’s first venture into designing children’s clothing was in 1994 when she started Culture Kidz with the help of a Princes Trust grant. Amanda left the world of children’s fashion to raise her son; eventually establishing Isossy Children 15 years later in 2009.

Read More

Art: Ibeabuchi Ananaba Evocative Paintings

Ibeabuchi Ananaba [Nigeria] [Image credit: ‘Twist n Turn’ – Ibeabuchi Ananaba] I have spent the past few months reconnecting with my creative self; using the summer to indulge in strolls along the Southbank taking in the various open-air exhibitions, going to the theatre and visiting galleries. Speaking of the latter I visited the National Portrait Gallery recently, a place I’ve always wanted to go but somehow over the years never made it through the doors; I can’t work out why considering how often I’ve been to others like the Tate. Portraiture fascinates me; the way an artist can capture a person’s likeness […]

Read More

Ceramics: MERBI Ceramics Reflecting Nigerian Culture

MERBI [Nigeria] Pretty little ceramic containers and storage jars that’ll have you looking for things to display in them; are just so endearing and handy to have around the house with a multitude of uses when  conveniently stored in areas like kitchen worktops to dressing tables. Designed by table and giftware designer, Ruth Babajide; MERBI is a collection of slip-cast ceramic storage units inspired by Nigerian culture in the form of the flamboyant styles found in clothing and the customary practice of storing large quantities of dry food.

Read More

Jewellery: Nehita’s Exquisite Gems

Nehita [Nigeria] [image credit: Nehita Earrings – MaxandChloe] I’m not a fan of huge oversize earrings that overshadow the face and in the process stretch earlobes to the limit, but do love flirty dangly earrings; especially ones with colourful little stones that sparkle, catching the light with every flick and turn of the head, so when I came across some exquisite little gems from Los Angeles based jeweller Nehita I was hooked. Lawyer turned jewellery designer Monalisa Okojie founded Nehita soon after graduating from the Gemological Institute of America in 2008, drawing on her Nigerian heritage for inspiration and catering to a […]

Read More