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    Boutique Fashion News — leather

    Our Pop-Up Partner FKA tells us about Senegalese Rabaal Textile

     

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    We’re thrilled by our summer pop up programme, and are counting down the days before we welcome FKA Atelier, a luxury Senegalese accessories brand that features the beautifully crafted Rabaal textile in its pieces. FKA will be resident at our 281 Portobello Road shop from 10 June until 8 July, with special events being held during that period, so don’t miss out!

    Who is behind FKA Atelier brand ?

    My name is Fanta, I’m an accessories lover and a life traveler. I’m inspired by the traditions and aesthetic codes of my mixed cultures: a bridge between Europe and Africa. Over m
    y blog H&Y, I already shared afro-metropolitan inspirations and stories. FKA Atelier is the junction between my interests. Besides me, I have a team of free spirits, crafting products with a soul, for free spirits, with a style.

    FKA Founder, Fanta Ka

    FKA Founder, Fanta Ka

    How does your brand celebrate your Senegalese culture?

    We exclusively use precious and meaningful materials, such as Rabaal, traditionally used in West Africa for all the key events (birth, naming, wedding…) handwoven by Senegalese craftsmen, but also the best leathers and skins. It’s a way to show our culture.

     

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    Can you tell how Rabaal is made?

    Rabaal is a typically African fabric, handmade with cotton and silk fiber. What makes its particularity is the richness of its colors, the diversity of patterns, and finally its robustness. Made from woven strips, the pieces are assembled by a tailor to fit its final size.

    How is Rabaal used traditionally in Senegalese culture?

    You could find Rabaal in the ceremonies of marriages : the bride is covered with a Rabaal before entering the house of her husband. But also in naming : newborn is wrapped in the most beautiful Rabaal of the mother. However, it is also used on a daily basis. The mother covers her child during his outings, noble women regularly ordering Rabaal to the weavers who settled on the property, time to realize the fabric. The hostess provides thread, food, and pays the labor.

    Does the fabric you use have a meaning?

    Yes. The pattern punctuated by geometric lines and ornaments contains a symbolic message. Just as with proverbs, we proceed by analogy and decipher the meaning; it became a relay of the word, a vehicle of communication requiring no words. These are mystical pieces with a powerful magnetism that link critical moments of life. Rabaal is one of the means of expression at the disposal of women and men, to express their feelings with subtlety and refinement.

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    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.

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    Look of the Day: Autumnal Glamour

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    Autumn may be here, and the temptation to cover up , but there’s no reason to defer showing off your style until it warms up again. We think layering is a great way to let your clothes work for you all year. This halter-neck top, for example, which looks great in the Summer, can be teamed up with a neutral leather jacket and pants and still work in the Autumn, its rich shades bringing out the glamourous side of you.

    Get the look from Sapelle.com:

    • Mixed fabric halter-neck top from Kenyan label Kooroo
    • Cowhide and plain leather drawstring bag, made in South Africa for ethical label Chameleon Earth
    • Black dropm earrings and recycled brass ring, made in Kenya for ethical label Made
    • Jacket, pants and shoes by Danier, Topshop and Salvatore Ferragamo

    Look of the Day: Chocolate Treat

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    Here’s a way to rock a brown outfit and still look outstanding. The gorgeous, soft-feel skirt with ribbon detailing comes in a figure-flattering shape that just skims the knees. We’ve complemented it with a simple crisp white top and stylish accessories, and the overall look is a confident chocolate dream.

    Get the look from Sapelle.com:

    • Soft-feel gathered skirt with ribbon detailing, by South African designer Thula Sindi
    • High quality cowhide and plain leather drawstring bag, made in South Africa by Chameleon Earth
    • Ruffle fabric-covered hoop earrings from Trudy Furusa, the Zimbabwean designer behind the label Velvet & Rose
    • Recycled brass and bone ring made in Kenya for Made
    • Shoes, Jimmy Choo