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    Lagos Fashion & Design Week – Day 1 Highlights

    It’s the fifth anniversary of the Lagos Fashion and Design Week (LFDW), a fashion event running from 28 to 31 October, 2015, whose reputation is growing on the continent, attracting top international and local Nigerian designers of the highest calibre. Organisers say the platform aims to drive the Nigerian and ultimately, the African fashion industry, by bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of African designers and reposition fashion as a useful tool for commerce and creativity in Nigeria. Take a look at highlights from Day 1 (Photos courtesy of LFDW2015)

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    Our Top 7 Carnival Looks

    Notting Hill Carnival is just days away and Team Sapelle can not wait! Before we throw ourselves head first into the carnival spirit, there’s the all important business of finding the perfect outfit. If you’ve been following our Facebook or Instagram, or indeed this blog, you’ll have noticed that we’ve been kind of enthusiastic about all things carnival. We think the perfect carnival look should be fun with a splash of colour and comfy enough to keep you dancing all day AND all night. Here are seven gorgeous looks that will get you in the carnival spirit. 1. Crop top + shorts Keep your cool in this simple combo. Team high waisted denim shorts with this gorgeous printed crop from Mafrika. Lift the whole look with statement earrings. 2. Shirt dress + jeans Bring several servings of cool with this..

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    Letter from Portobello Road

    The fact that I’m writing this blog post over a month after taking over the lease on our new shop at 7 Portobello Green, 281 Portobello Road, London is proof of just how hectic life has been in Sapelleland. As I write this post, the aromas and sounds of Notting Hill are drifting into the shop, and the sights of the world-renowned Portobello Market are just a few metres away – Sapelle fits right in. My objective was to move Sapelle into our new shop before the Summer. As fate would have it, June 3rd was the day we were to move in, 3 years almost to the day since I ‘soft launched’ the Sapelle.com online shop as one of a handful of retailers bringing contemporary African fashion products to a global marketplace. I was still employed then (as opposed..

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    Sapelle Invites you to Sip & Shop

    Our London Shop has LATE NIGHT SHOPPING until 8pm from Thursdays to Saturdays until Christmas, but we’re also adding a lovely touch on Thursday 27 November and 4 December and Friday 5 December from 5pm to 8pm. You’re invited to indulge in some leisurely, intimate shopping in the comfort of our London shop. Browse for seasonal treats with a drink and nibbles in your other hand. Bring your friends along and let us make your shopping experience a pleasure! To top it off, get 10% off your shopping by presenting the invite below at the till. Click on the image below for details.            

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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.