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    We’re Loving These Celebrities’ Afrocentric Style!

    Spring is making its tentative first appearances, with tempting sunny days drawing us out of hibernation. Ever the optimists, we’re here for it! We’re getting ready to break out all the vibrant prints that you love. In the meantime, we’ve been delighting ourselves with celebrity-spotting plus African print-spotting. We love it when a star and a print come together. Here’s who’s got our hearts fluttering.

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    The ageless supermodel Naomi Campbell is the queen of elegance, and she’s been expressing her love of all things African recently, including showing off her elegant style in vibrant African headwraps and traditional facial markings used by some peoples across the continent.

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    R&B and Jazz star Ledisi has inspired us with her bold create-your-own-success philosophy, from the time she launch her own record label when none would sign her, to crafting her individual and distinctive style, not to mention her amazing voice and talent. Ledisi has been our style icon for years, and this week released this image to celebrate her birthday – much to our delight. HBD Ledisi!

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    Actors Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe are the picture-perfect couple. We’ve followed the Kodjoe family’s  adventures including their trips to Ghana. We love their wholesome relationship, and their embracing of their African heritage. It was only going to be a matter of time before Nicole succumbed to the irresistable lure of Ankara print – we’re here for it!

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    The visionary India.Arie has been preaching the virtues of self love and self care for many years, and has been celebrating African culture with scrumptious red carpet ensembles reportedly made by her Mom (hooray for Mom’s!)  for just as long. We’ve got her latest album, ‘Worthy’ playing on repeat in the office, so we’re a little biased. But what’s not to love about this gorgeous, unapologetic portrait just bursting with colour? Lead on, India!

    HAPPY MOTHERS’ DAY
    To all the Mothers, Sisters, Aunties, Grandmothers, Godmothers and Guardians around the world, striving to create and nurture life and love in the best way they know.

    7 Sizzlers for your Summer Wardrobe

    Sapelle African Print Ankara Top Yellow

    ‘BANANA’ PRINT TOP Pair with: skinny jean, wide leg pants, print-clashed skirt, denim shorts

    Sapelle African Print Ankara Skirt Yellow Blue

    FLIRTY WRAP SKIRT Fun, flirty and timeless. An adjustable tie waistband and neutral colourway make this a wardrobe essential

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    SILVER LEATHER SANDALS Beautifully hand-made by our partners in Nigeria

    Sapelle Adire African Print Blue Dress

    ‘FEATHERS’ HAND-DYED ADIRE SHIFT TUNIC The perfect fusion of heritage textile and contemporary design. Hand-made by Adire artisans in Nigeria

    Sapelle Ankara African Print Skirt Blue

    ‘SWALLOWS’ PRINT PLEATED SKIRT A well-loved classic wax print on an easy-to wear skirt that works well for may occasions

    Sapelle Ankara African Print Summer Dress Orange

    ‘TANGERINE & LIME’ PRINT DRESS One of our favourite prints combining easy fit, cool cotton and a bold statement print for vacation, party or weekend chilling

    Sapelle Ethnik by Tunde Aso Oke Handwoven Hand Bag Pink

    ASO OKE HAND-WOVEN & LEATHER HANDBAG Ethically hand-made by weaving artisans in Nigeria, a fusion of tradition and modern design and function

    Interview with African Prints in Fashion’s MsK

    I’ve followed and admired the popular trailblazing blog African Prints in Fashion (APiF) since realising that my desire to wear more contemporary African-inspired fashion was shared with women around the world. What APiF continues to do all these years later is bring together people from all over the world seeking information, inspiration and validation, whether that’s based on an emotional or purely aesthetic love of African prints and culture. But APiF doesn’t stop there. The founder behind the brand, who goes by the pseudonym MsK, promotes designers, brands and other players who are bringing contemporary African fashion and design to the world. I’ve spoken to MsK several times since launching Sapelle, exploring ways in which brands can work together for more market impact. The more we’ve spoken, the more I’m intrigued about what drives this New York-based German-Ghanaian Marketing professional,..

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    Heritage Meets Street Art in our Latest Shoot

    We’re quite enjoying our new residency at The Artworks, London’s new hub for unique creative independent brands. One of the best things about it is being able to collaborate with the like-minded people we share the space with. And so it was that we collaborated with A. Dee, a well-respected contemporary artist who’s now based at The Artworks, to create the backdrops for our Winter shoot. The challenge was not only to create backdrops inspired by the textiles and pieces being modeled, but to do so in a modern street art fashion, spontaneously – on the spot – as the shoot happened. No pressure. The renaissance of African textiles is continuing apace, and it’s great to see it featured in collection after collection on the fashion week runways, popular high street store and being donned by celebrity style leaders like..

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    Look of the Day: A Breath of Fresh Air

    l-37The weather’s behaving for a change and we’re feeling the need to breathe some fresh air into our wardrobes. Well, here’s the perfect way to keep it simple and summery – with a flattering Kitenge print dress that will take you from weekend casual to summer soiree stylish with just a change of accessories. Add a jumper and you’ve got yourself covered for the cooler weather.

    This classic dress from Kenyan label Njema Helena is a must-have look, and comes in another gorgeous print which you must also check out. We’ve added a recycled aluminium cuff, also crafted in Kenya by Embody, and recycled silver earrings made in Niger by a Tuareg family enterprise. So how do you like it?

    Shop Njema Helena here, Embody here and Tuareg jewellery here. Check out our Polyvore page, see all of our looks and join in the fun of creating styleboards here.