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    Boutique Fashion News — Sapellé Home

    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.

    We’re Here for Netflix’ African Cinema Focus

    ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ is out on Netflix – to rave reviews! I’m thrilled to see fellow Malawians sympathetically represented with depth, dignity, humour and agency – something that was  often lacking in most mainstream movies about Africa.

    Is this the onset of a new genre, that ‘refreshes’ the way the world views Africa prompted by the telling of true stories of everyday African heroes doing extraordinary things against the odds? Goodness knows there are plenty of those stories!

    I read an interesting article about how Netflix’s strategy is shaping preferences through the content it pushes, creating buzz by pushing certain films to its subscribers, who can act as tastemakers. So today I’m playing tastemaker and whole-heartedly recommending these true-life gems from Africa. Enjoy!

    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    The heartwarming true story follows young William Kamkwamba who loves school more than any child should as he teaches himself to build a windmill to save his community from famine. Written, directed and co-starring by Chiwetel Ejiofor.

    The Queen of Katwe

    Bolstered by a devoted mentor played by David Oyewolo, fiesty 9-year-old Ugandan girl Phiona Mutesi takes aim at becoming a chess champion and boldly blazes a trail.

    The First Grader

    The true story of an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau freedom fighter who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford. Co-starring Naomie Harris.

    The African Doctor

    The true story of Seyolo Zantoko who transplanting his family to a small French village, where culture shock sets in for everyone. Co-starring Aïssa Maïga, who is my one to watch.

    Hotel Rwanda

    The gripping true story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda. Co-starring Sophie Okonedo & Don Cheadle.

    Skin

    Based on the true story of a black girl who was born to two white Afrikaner parents in South Africa during the apartheid era. Starring Sophie Okonedo, who also brilliantly played Winnie Mandela in ‘Mrs Mandela’ in another biopic.

    Difret

    Set in Ethiopia, a young lawyer travels to a village to represent Hirut, a 14-year-old girl who shot her would-be husband as he was practicing one of the nation’s oldest traditions: abduction into marriage.

    We Went to Ghana!

    Akwaaba!

    If you thought we’ve been quiet recently, it’s because we’ve been cooking up all kinds of projects for 2019. One of the highlights was our recent trip to Ghana!

    From that first, ‘Akwaaba!’ (‘Welcome’ in Akan) until we waved goodbye to Ghana, we were treated to the proverbial Ghanaian hospitality, our taste buds were tickled with delicious food (ask us about the Nigerian – Ghanaian – Senegalese Jollof Battles), we were kissed by the sun and experienced the vibrancy of a nation with a rich history and a purpose.

    We didn’t pass up on the opportunity to bring back a memento: a photoshoot with talented photographer, Michael Assenyoh and beautiful model Peggy Boateng.

    Peek at some of our gorgeous shots, taken around the iconic Independence Square and the Accra Arts & Crafts Market on a gloriously hot and sunny day (33 degrees!).

    Remember – our sale continues on these beauties, so don’t miss the chance to CLICK & BUY yourself the one you’ve had your eye on.

    What’s that you say? Of course we brought you back a little something from Ghana! We reckon you’ll love these cute tote bags in a vibrant classic ‘Flower’ print – perfect for books, groceries and other bits.

    They’re available online for just £10 – be a good friend and spread the word!

    Click here to bag yourself a tote.

     

    Basotho Blanket Wraps are Back

    The weather calls for it and you demanded it! We’ve brought back the Basotho Blankets that inspired ‘Black Panther’ Border Tribe’s costumes.

    Meet the Basotho Blanket – one of our favourite African textiles

    We’re huge fans of the Basotho Blanket and  were delighted to see the iconic fabric featured in ‘Black Panther’ movie this year. We’ve partnered with the only licensed Basotho Blanket producer to bring them to – but we have very limited stock available.

    A winter update for your space

    The wrap feels lush, looks outstanding and makes a warm and cosy throw for your lounge or bedroom.

    A stylish unisex wrap, and a fab gift! Shop online here!

    Our 20% off discount code is a treat for Halloween

    No tricks, we’ve got a lovely treat for you this Halloween – 20% off our selected timeless pieces. Simply enter AUTUMN20 at checkout from our collection here. Don’t forget, it’s free UK SHIPPING and cheap GLOBAL SHIPPING to you wherever you are.

    Our collection is inspired by traditional African heritage crafting techniques and we’ve worked with artisans in Abeokuta, Nigeria to create our beautiful prints in chiffon, viscose and cotton. Click here to shop the collection now.

    Hand-dyed chiffon top with bell sleeves. Was £60. Now £48 with 20% off

    Hand-dyed chiffon top with bell sleeves. Was £60. Now £48 with 20% off

     

    Pleated Swallow Print skirt, perfect with a knitted top. £40, now £32 with 20% discount

    Pleated Swallow Print skirt, perfect with a knitted top. £40, now £32 with 20% discount

     

    Hand-dyed viscose shirt dress. £110, now £88 with 20% discount.

    Hand-dyed viscose shirt dress. £110, now £88 with 20% discount

     

    African print skater dress - available in PLUS sizes. £65, now £52 with 20% discount

    African print skater dress – available in PLUS sizes. £65, now £52 with 20% discount