I first met Samantha White in 2014 when we started discussing a partnership between Sapelle and Anansi, the brand which she founded. Samantha describes Anansi as an African-inspired luxury handbags brand for chic woman who yearn for colour and print. The name Anansi originated in Ghana where oral stories of wisdom are part of the extensive oral tradition. These tales are represented by a clever spider named Anansi, and they spread across the Caribbean, South America and North America. Much like the Anansi stories, Samantha has drawn inspiration for her handbag line from her varied heritage and travels—born to Jamaican parents, raised in Canada, and now splitting her time between Ghana and the UK, her life is a mixture of the many homes of the African Diaspora. I caught up with Samantha again recently, and heard about her recent..
How do you style a pencil skirt in the current season? Not just any skirt. We’re talking about a very special one: our Raffia handwoven pencil skirt, made from Bolgatanga, a traditional heritage fabric that’s created by weaving together black, white and yellow organic cotton threads on a traditional handloom, this case, into a ‘guinea fowl’ print pattern. The fabric originates from Northern Ghana, and is normally used to make traditional men’s smocks. Our partner in Ghana, Raffia are harnessing this traditional fabric to create beautiful pieces that are perfect for cooler weather and urban styling. Ferdinand, our stylist had a lot of fun putting together some fabulous moodboards using the woven pencil skirt. He’s created looks for work and weekend, highlighting its versatility by pairing it with a variety of tops in different colours and shapes for a more..
We celebrated the launch of our new store at 281 Portobello Road with a cocktail party on 9th September. It was a lively night, with nibbles and fizz, African musicfrom across the continent and a live performance by Amy Fitz Doyley. Take a look at the highlights below, and CLICK HERE to view the full album.
We’re counting down to the launch celebration of our new Portobello Store, on Wednesday 9th September. We’ll be welcoming for an all-day drop in from 12-5pm or canapes and nibbles from 6-9pm. Come and join us to celebrate this step in our journey, see our new location and view the collection in-store. Looking forward to seeing you there! Please register for either of the two events here.