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    Boutique Fashion News — jewellery

    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!

    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.

    Look of the Day: Effortless Glamour

    This look is for those seeking effortlessly glamourous. Combining exquisitely tailored separates and muted classic colours, with flattering feminine silhouettes, you won’t go wrong wearing this to that special outing.

    The jacket is created by contemporary label, M’OYO with high quality leather and genuine wax print cotton. Buy it here.

    Brass accessories, by Kenyan label Embody,  provide just the right stamp of elegance. Get these from Sapelle here.


    Look of the Day: Maxi-mising your Sunday Best

    l-34Our Stylist has picked this look for those days when nothing else will do but your Sunday best. Whether it’s for a posh afternoon tea or a wedding, we think this look, accentuating the beautifully-coloured, flattering maxi skirt from Kutowa, is elegant and confident. This versatile skirt looks just as fabulous with a black chiffon top for the evening as it does here with a demure cream number.

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    • African wax print Chitenge maxi skirt, Kutowa Designs
    • Double Leaf Brass Earrings, Riri Jewellery
    • Coral & Turquoise Necklace, Miss Chi
    • Top, Shoes & Bag: Alexander McQueen, Chanel and Louboutin (we said nothing but the best!)



    Sapelle Announces ‘FROM KENYA W LOVE’ Pop Up Shop in London’s West End

    Dates: Fri. 8 to Sat 30 November Address: 53 Monmouth Street, London WC2H 9DG Opening Times: 10:30 to 7pm Mon-Sat; 11:30 – 6pm Sun Shop: Ladies & Menswear from top labels such as Anna Adero, Jamil Walji, Katungulu Mwendwa, Kaveke, KikoRomeo, Kooroo, Riri and Sapelle’s lovely new Winter Collection.

    Jamil Walji

    Jamil Walji

    Building on the success of two previous pop-ups in London this year, we’re excited to announce the launch of a third pop-up from 8th to 30th November, 2013 entitled ‘From Kenya w Love’. The boutique will be located in the heart of London’s West End and is a collaboration with FAFA, a body promoting the best of Kenya’s and Africa’s contemporary fashion designers.


    Katungulu Mwendwa

    “Our last two London pop-ups far exceeded our expectations. Not only did we get our online customers visiting from around London, but we had a fantastic reaction from passing footfall. Women walked in and shopped who’d spotted the vibrant and original prints and textiles fused with modern Western styling, and they loved the tribal jewellery,” says’s CEO and Founder, Daphne Kasambala.



    The pop-up showcases Kenya’s top labels, both ladies and menswear. will also be featuring its Winter collection, including pieces from suppliers around Africa. Shoppers should expect to find a wide range of ethical tribal-inspired Fashion and Gifts for day and evening. The collaboration is part of a celebration of Kenya’s 50th Independence with charity partner Wherever The Need, who’ll be holding a gala dinner & cultural showcase called ‘Festival Kenya’ in London on 21st November, 2013.

    KikoRomeo for Men

    KikoRomeo for Men

    Kasambala and FAFA’s Ann McCreath and Hebret Lakew, have worked together since the launch of in 2012, and have wanted to collaborate on something like this. “We ‘re utterly thrilled by this chance, and have called the event ‘From Kenya with Love’ because, after the horrific terrorist attack at Westgate Mall, we want to highlight the positive, loving and hugely creative side of Kenya.

    Anna Adero

    Anna Adero

    Kenya’s a country that loves its rich and vibrant culture, and one of the continent’s leaders in fashion. The opportunity to pop-up in the prestigious Monmouth Street is the perfect ending to the year, and a chance for shoppers to shop exclusively from labels not found anywhere else in the UK.” There is a schedule of events including a launch party, workshops, a Gentlemen’s shopping evening, late night shopping and a Press & Stylists cocktail event. For details, contact or visit



    Riri Jewellery

    Riri Jewellery

    Sapelle Winter Range

    Sapelle Winter Range

    Tina Lobondi Teal wool & wax print coat-2-edited

    Sapelle Winter Range

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    Sapelle Winter Range

    Weekend Look: Coffee & Cream


    We’ve got the cosiest, most stylish coatigan out there, created by ethical brand Jose Hendo, using high quality fleece. There are so many ways to wear it up or down. We’re partial to this elegant look that sets off the cream tunic beautifully, and will leave you looking fabulous at the weekend.

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    • Jose Hendo tie-dye coatigan
    • Cowhide and plain leather bag
    • Natural accessories, made in Uganda, from social enterprise, Nakate Project
    • Knitted tunic & bag, H&M & Michael Kors