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    Boutique Fashion News — african fashion

    Our 20% off discount code is a treat for Halloween

    No tricks, we’ve got a lovely treat for you this Halloween – 20% off our selected timeless pieces. Simply enter AUTUMN20 at checkout from our collection here. Don’t forget, it’s free UK SHIPPING and cheap GLOBAL SHIPPING to you wherever you are.

    Our collection is inspired by traditional African heritage crafting techniques and we’ve worked with artisans in Abeokuta, Nigeria to create our beautiful prints in chiffon, viscose and cotton. Click here to shop the collection now.

    Hand-dyed chiffon top with bell sleeves. Was £60. Now £48 with 20% off

    Hand-dyed chiffon top with bell sleeves. Was £60. Now £48 with 20% off


    Pleated Swallow Print skirt, perfect with a knitted top. £40, now £32 with 20% discount

    Pleated Swallow Print skirt, perfect with a knitted top. £40, now £32 with 20% discount


    Hand-dyed viscose shirt dress. £110, now £88 with 20% discount.

    Hand-dyed viscose shirt dress. £110, now £88 with 20% discount


    African print skater dress - available in PLUS sizes. £65, now £52 with 20% discount

    African print skater dress – available in PLUS sizes. £65, now £52 with 20% discount

    Sapelle Debuts Adire African Textile Collection

    Sapelle African fashion Adire textile handmadeWe’re proud to unveil our Summer ‘18 capsule, showcasing an eclectic mix of vibrant African textiles in flattering, timeless silhouettes.

    Sapelle’s design ethos is based on fusing authentic African heritage design with a contemporary style aesthetic to create unique pieces for the modern woman seeking to experience global cultures. This season, Sapelle captures the spirit of an ancient African textile tradition – the ADIRE (or ‘tied and dyed’ in the West African Yoruba language), and celebrates the artisans who have kept this tradition alive for many centuries.


    Sapelle African fashion Adire textile handmade

    The tradition of resist- and tie-dyeing goes back centuries in West Africa, with the earliest known example from the Dogon kingdom in Mali in the 11th century. The early 20th century saw a boom in Adire artisanship, making it a major local craft in Abeokuta and Ibadan regions of Nigeria and attracting buyers from all over West Africa.

    Whether created by old techniques or new innovations, Adire today faces challenges and competition from digital and machine prints and other textiles produced in Asia. The craft, which was previously passed down the generations, is now at risk of dying out as young people seek employment in other sectors. Our wish is to see more people around the discovering and enjoying this textile, thereby creating demand for it and employment among the adire artisans.

    Sapelle x ADIRE

    Sapelle African fashion Adire textile handmade

    Sapelle has partnered with one of the most reputable Adire producers in the capital of the craft, Abeokuta to produce a line of custom Adire textiles for the Summer 18 capsule.

    “This is an exciting time in the African creative industry, with events like ‘Black Panther’ movie release and the rise of Afrobeats music and contemporary art increasing the public’s awareness of Africa as an important player in modern global culture. Since 2012 Sapelle has worked mainly with Ankara/ Wax prints that are synonymous with African traditional fashion, and which have a shared history with the Dutch who mechanised the printing of Wax prints,” shared CEO Daphne Kasambala.

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    “This season we go deeper into our exploration of African textiles by focusing on a textile that long pre-dates the Ankara or wax print. We’re excited to be focusing on Adire in this campaign as it brings new depth and meaning to our work, taking our customers on a journey into an African heritage textile that was born and nurtured in Africa.”

    The campaign was shot against a simple backdrop that allows the vibrancy of the prints to speak for themselves. The range includes this season’s hot colours from shades of blues that are typical of the ADIRE indigo tradition to the hot pinks and bold pastels that adorned the SS18 runways.

    Click here to see the full range.

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    Sapelle African fashion Adire textile handmade

    Sapelle African fashion Adire textile handmade

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    A look back at the Africa Fashion Cities exhibition

    Fashion emerging from Africa has burst onto the international scene and an increasing number of African Designers are enjoying a level of recognition not seen before.

    Meanwhile, textiles associated with Africa such as “Dutch Wax Prints” have been incorporated into creations by fashion household names. Last summer Christian Louboutin launched a limited edition bag, Africaba, made in Senegal using African Textiles.

    Meanwhile, Edun, the luxury and ethical brand, co founded by Ali Hewson and her Husband Bono, has also incorporated the South African textile “Shweshwe” into their Ready-to-Wear collection.

    Fashion has become undeniably a driving force of the African renaissance. The ‘African Fashion Cities’ exhibition took us behind the scenes to meet the key players, stylists, designers and photographers, whose creativity and ingenuity is driving fashion forward in 4 major African cities. Although the fashion industry in these cities stands at different stages of development, in all four of them, a fashion statement is also a cultural choice and ultimately, a quest to define, alter or form a new identity.

    Fashion Cities Africa: Johannesburg

    Fashion Cities Africa: Johannesburg

    First stop: Johannesburg. With a population of over four million, Johannesburg is the largest city of South Africa and one of its most pulsating creative hubs. The city’s ‘street-style fashion’ was a fusion of various influences, reflecting the rainbow nation’s embrace of multiculturalism. In an interview, the stylist curator and accessories designer, Maria McCloy exhorted the young generation to integrate traditional South African material into their daily wear, as a proud expression of their identity.

    At the other end of the African Continent is Casablanca, located at the cultural crossroad of Africa, Europe and Middle East. These influences were visible in the beautiful embroidered outfits on display in the exhibition. While there was no shortage of creativity, the infrastructure to support the growth of the industry was still in its infancy and the local fashion week was cancelled after a few editions. For a long time, the fashion scene had been a replica of the western trends and according to the fashion journalist Mouna Belgrini, this temporary setback was an opportunity to reflect and then start creating fashion lines that were rooted in the Moroccan heritage and identity.

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    Fashion Cities Africa: Casablanca

    Nairobi, on the other hand, had orchestrated its renaissance through the second-hand clothes market, that proved to be a formidable outlet for young creatives using technology, to launch their stylist, fashion blogger careers. One of the figureheads of that movement is the duo 2Manysiblings with their 18,000 followers on Instagram.

    Fashion Cities Africa: Lagos

    Fashion Cities Africa: Lagos

    The exhibition finished with Lagos, which is undoubtedly the African Fashion powerhouse. Its domination is grounded in a vibrant textile tradition (some of the traditional Nigerian fabrics such as Aso Oke and Akwete were on display) and its economics – a huge local market of 21 million people supported by the oil boom. The modern Nigerian designers are exploring their culture through textiles and a new narrative about their cities and their countries is being sewn in the seam of each garment. For the designer Deola Sagoe, her work is about showcasing African textiles, while others are exploring the blurry line between masculinity and femininity or the fusion of various cultures in a globalized world. The result of this cultural introspection is a dynamic and vibrant fashion scene represented in an ever-growing Lagos Fashion & Design Week. The international success enjoyed by high profile designers has made following a creative career more acceptable, thus paving the way for new designers to come into the fray and ensuring the sustainability of the industry.

    Sapelle CEO to Speak at Africa Rising Conference

    05081104-daphne kasanbala-013Daphne Kasambala, Sapelle’s founder and CEO will sit on a panel discussing African fashion and the luxury fashion industry at the upcoming Africa Rising 2014 international conference running between 10 and 12 June, 2014 at Cunard Building in Liverpool.

    Africa Rising 2014 will draw a diverse international audience from various industries and sectors, exploring why Africa is the economic landscape of the future and what this means for stakeholders and players. Africa Rising is part of over two hundred events within the International Festival for Business series. International Festival for Business is a global gathering of the world’s most inspiring businesses; an arena where pivotal industries converge to exchange ideas, products and contacts.

    The conference  is the result of an exciting convergence between innovative thinking, government policy and will to win, IFB 2014 will connect the smartest entrepreneurial minds with the best business opportunities in the world.

    Taibo Bacar (Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa)

    Taibo Bacar

    “As ever, I’m excited to be a part of the dynamic discourse around Africa and the opportunities it offers for entrepreneurs like myself, consumers – both local and international, and the benefits this will have on their respective economies” states Kasambala.

    “I think the conference is timed perfectly, when we’re seeing increasingly positive economic performances from several African regions, indicating fertile opportunity for investment and engagement by the international business community. For Sapelle in particular, Africa’s emergence as a viable manufacturing and consumer base means that we can benefit from a wider supplier base; and also look to Africa as a potential marketplace to offer our products.’

    Kasambala will be speaking on 12 June on the ‘Made in Africa’ panel, which will explore topics such as the creation of a sustainable market for luxury brands globally; education and skills development – building capacity for manufacturing; and Africa’s changing role from influencer to producer in the luxury fashion industry.

    For more information and to book your place, click here for Africa Rising event page.

    Photographs courtesy of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa.

    Thula Sindi (Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa)

    Thula Sindi

    Look of the Day: One Times Three

    One of our most popular items, the peplum belt, is back this season. A versatile accessory that can take you through the week from classy formal to relaxed casual occasions. The one we’ve featured here is available in sizes small to large. Our styleboard demonstrates just how well you can upgrade your contemporary look with just a touch of African print.

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