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    Boutique Fashion News — kikoromeo

    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.

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    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 Sapelle.com’s CEO and Founder, Daphne Kasambala.

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    Kaveke

    The pop-up showcases Kenya’s top labels, both ladies and menswear. Sapelle.com 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 Sapelle.com 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 info@sapelle.com or visit www.sapelle.com.

    Kooroo

    Kooroo

    Riri Jewellery

    Riri Jewellery

    Sapelle Winter Range

    Sapelle Winter Range

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

    Sapelle Winter Range

    Moyo red jacket-edited

    Sapelle Winter Range

    Look of the Day: Power to the Peplum

    l-21Having made its come-back this time last year, the peplum silhouette proves it’s here to stay. And for good reason: the shape is both flattering and forgiving, and it complements everything from pencil skirts to flared pants. There are so many ways you can bring your look to life with this clever tailored lined peplum jacket. The tapered waist, v-shaped neckline, and pink African print (did someone say pink is on trend?), it looks fab as the understated statement piece on black for work or party.

    Get the look from Sapelle.com:

    • Tailored lined peplum jacket from Kenyan label KikoRomeo
    • Sateen slim fit slacks from Kenyan label Kooroo
    • Tuareg silver necklace and cuff
    • Bag and shoes from Chanel and Christian Louboutin

     

    Look of the Day: Tribal Print Does Chic

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    African tribal print doesn’t always have to be bold, as this understated look demonstrates. We’ve even accessorised it with some pearls, the ultimate accessory in classic chic! We love this dress because it has such an elegant cut, whilst still retaining that African accent in the monochrome print detail.

    Get the look from Sapelle.com:

    • KikoRomeo’s knee-length African print dress with 3/4 sleeves and gently flared skirt is flatteringly feminine.
    • We’ve accessorised the look with Chanel pearls, Jimmy Choo shoes and Hermes Birkin bag – naturally.

    The Sapellé Summer Lookbook is Out!

    Big smiles all round the Sapellé team as we unveil our sizzling hot Summer Lookbook.

    We’ve really gone to town this time in sourcing some of the best of contemporary African fashion out there – everyday style that’s fit for you the modern woman. We’re proud to present looks from new designers coming on board this season and current season styles from our existing partners.

    We’ve brought together styles for play, work and party. From subtle pieces with just a hint of African influence (check out Thula Sindi’s range, which has been designed with the ‘City girl’ in mind, and Tamboo Bamboo which uses jersey and linen with just a touch of print here and there) to bold statement pieces that marry African tribal print with stylish silhouettes such as KikoRomeo, Tina Lobondi and Kutowa Designs. We’ve got lots and lots in-between as well – all gorgeous, original and of course ethical. So you’ll not only look fantastic, but you’ll be doing good too.

    Throughout the season we’ll be featuring our designer partners, giving you a little more insight into why we’re inspired by them, what they do and how they do it – so watch this space!

    Our new Summer range will bring some sunshine to your wardrobe this Summer, whatever your signature style. See the Lookbook here.

    Afromania african print wrap top

    Afromania African tribal print peplum top

    Afromania peplum belt African tribal print turquoise

    Afromania African print peplum belt

    kampala fair african print dress

    Kampala Fair African Print Dress

    kikoromeo peocock african print dress

    KikoRomeo Peacock African Print Dress

    tina lobondi geometric tribal print skirt

    Tina Lobondi geometric African tribal print skirt

    vanessa augris african print jacket

    Vanessa Augris African print jacket

    Africa Fashion Week Dazzles London

    A snapshot of the colourful display at the Sapellé stall

    On 3rd and 4th August, the second annual Africa Fashion Week took place in London in the midst of Olympic fever. The temperamental weather did not hold back the expectant crowd, most of whom made a day (or two) of it, soaking up the festival atmosphere and mixing in viewings of the catwalk shows with shopping around the stalls.

    Rows of beautiful garments adorned our space

    Never one to be left out of the excitement, Sapellé was there in the mix, and doing it in style. We brought our online boutique out of the virtual world and into the physical realm, with a stall that featured some of our most popular garments and accessories that we’ve had on sapelle.com.  Our fans got to sample and shop pieces from our labels including Modahnik, Kooroo, Kutowa, YouMeWe, KikoRomeo, Tina Lobondi and Kamondi Couture, and our various accessories labels.

    We got to introduce jewellery from our newest supplier, social enterprise Nakate

    We had a perfect vantage point at the event, from where we met lovers of style from so many countries around the world, we eventually lost count.  At one point we wish we’d enlisted the services of a translator but we found good old-fashion signing worked well enough!

    If there was any doubt that the renaissance of African fashion was happening, this event blew clear that out of the water. We were lucky enough to capture some of the beautiful outfits worn by the fashionistas we met at the event, some of which are shared here.

    Sapellé furnished the event’s VIP area and previewed the upcoming interiors range

    Sapellé also co-sponsored the event’s VIP area, taking the opportunity to preview our upcoming own-label soft furnishings range which we are so excited about that we’ve posted some sneak pictures of here (please email info@sapelle.com for more information about the Sapellé soft furnishings range, and any other questions).

    Fifty designers and even more exhibitors from different sections of the fashion world came together to showcase their latest collections to an expectant audience of shoppers, bloggers, press and fashionistas all of whom had, it seems, waited long enough for an opportunity such as this, and had travelled from far and wide to sample the bold and the beautiful sights.

    Our VIP lounge area showcased Sapellé products

    The catwalk shows ran throughout the event on both days, and from our Sapellé stall we could regularly hear the catwalk audience break into excited applause, making us wish we could grab a seat at the show. But we did have a great time meeting and dressing our friends and fans, and spreading the word about Sapellé.

    For those who did have a ring-side seat at the catwalk, fashion label Adebayo Jones, by consensus, was outstanding, with this season’s luxurious elegant gowns in metallic fabrics, and demonstrating the years of industry experience and talent behind this labe, and warranting the brand’s sterling reputation. Several other labels also shone on the catwalk, including Afro Fanatic, MMD Design, House of Adjeiwaah, House of Tayo and Lilly Alfonso. We’ll be keeping a look out for these brands.

    Adebayo Jones was outstanding on the catwalk. Photo courtesy of Demotix

    Many of the Africa Fashion Week guests’ experience  was better than expected, and they’re clearly after more soon, and we’re already excited about the next installation which we hope will feature a broad range of designers and exhibitors from around Africa.