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#my heart beats Africa

By | Adele Dejak, Adele Dejak Lifestyle, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

ADELE DEJAK  launched in April 2015  the #my heart beats Africa campaign, that seeks to empower women and their identity as African warrior women. The main objection of the campaign is to show how beautiful Africa is from different perspectives. Positive vibes.   Africa is at a loss with its own identity. This cannot be more visible than in fashion. African women suffer from an evident schizophrenia: they grow up into African fabrics and traditional wear, only to spend their dreams on what is considered THE fashion; that is, the well known international labels which (beside being undeniably beautiful) also…

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Tribal Chic Fashion Show 2015

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Team Adele is always so thrilled to be a part of Nairobi’s hip Tribe Hotel’s annual fashion show: Tribal Chic. The event certainly did not disappoint this year. All of Nairobi’s hard-core fashionistas & East African bloggers, designers, photographers and top press attended, all decked out in their best gear. Many wore pieces from our collections. Tribal Chic 2015 saw us preview our long anticipated LBD collection, inspired by Maasai women and the manner in which they drape their beautiful fabrics in a most graceful and simple manner: their own.     The colour pallet of LBD was mostly black, but dark shades of charcoal and a…

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LATEST KUBA CLOTH & HIDE BAG COLLECTION/ADÈLE DEJAK, MADE IN KENYA

By | Adele Dejak Lifestyle, Our Design Process, Our World | No Comments

With 99.9% collection we teamed up with Sahel Design in Burkina Faso for these stunning tassels. Kuba cloth from the DRC is used in all our collections and we just love it! The bag below, Zahina, is unisex and is perfect for the office or as a weekend bag. Or, if you are like me and can leave the hose with glasses, makeup, iPad, notebook etc, this is for you.      www.adeledejak.com   Meet Zehania, our weekend bag or work bag. Available also in African wax fabric.   We welcome Jazmiya, the version here is made with Kuba cloth and…

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MY FAVOURITE RECYCLED METAL & COW HORN PIECES

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    These are pieces I love and just cant live without! All  are available online: www.adeledejak.com The recycled metal jewellery is sourced from Kenya especially Nairobi. It is then put un a furnace and then cast in a mould. Once the product come out of the furnace it undergoes 3 long processes of polishing, buffing and cleaning before it then undergoes quality control. This cuff is really a statement piece and its incredibly light.     For that glam look. We are never naked. Bahati cuff is from our Swaady collection and is already a best seller. A combination…

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RECYCLED METAL/ METAL WORKS

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  My Nairobi studio feels like a modern-day alchemist’s laboratory, but rather than transmuting lead to gold, my team & I melt discarded hammers and door handles, transforming them into bold cuffs and glistening chokers. We all love the concept from trash to glam!     3 is not a crowd. the more the merrier. Why not try these stacked with other bracelets?

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COW HORN JEWELRY / 99.9% COLLECTION IS NOW OUT! /// PART 1

By | Adele Dejak Lifestyle, Behind the scenes, Our Design Process, Our World | No Comments

COW HORN & RECYCLED BRASS JEWELLERY  / 99.9% COLLECTION IS NOW OUT! The 99.9% collection is an energized collection drawing inspiration from Africa in particular the Fulani, Tuareg and Maasai. The name 99.9% stems from the fact that nothing is ever perfect in its entirety, especially handmade jewellery. The aim of African artisans is not to produce a ‘flawless’ jewellery piece or tassel, but a uniquely handmade piece of wearable art bearing the fingerprints of its human, rather than mechanical nature and strong character and identity. This is, in fact, the very force to attain a dynamic collection which makes…

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The Thorn Tree Project X

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Katungulu Mwendwa Katungulu Mwendwa is one of Kenya’s young prominent designers, having studied a BA in fashion design in both Barcelona and the UK she creates designs that are both comfortable and beautiful, with the use of great fabrics. Fusing the traditional with the modern to create contemporary almost ethereal garments. “Katungulu Mwendwa is inspired by African art, traditional cultures and crafts, embodying them in classic, yet modern cuts and techniques exposing the two very completely different worlds that can co- incide together.” Here at Adele Dejak we are all about supporting and promoting local design. The talented Katungulu Mwendwa…

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In Our DNA

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We’re thrilled to share that Design Network Africa won the 2014 Africa Design Award at the prestigious New York Forum Africa. Design Network Africa links highly respected designers from East, West and Southern Africa who have been selected for their diverse voices, sophisticated and original product and unique global identities and who represent the vibrancy and distinctive expression of a new African identity. As members of the network, we have had the opportunity to meet amazing fellow designers from across the continent and the world. We’ve posted about our adventures so far and about some of our peers, including Sabahar….

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Weaving out poverty

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Weaving out poverty Whenever I’m feeling frustrated, demoralised or unhappy, I know it’s time for a reality check! With all my recent travels, launching new collections and opening the new Nairobi shop, I’d postponed a trip I’d been meaning to make for a while – to a village 100km outside Kampala. A village where a group of women are weaving beautiful raffia baskets and mats, to lift themselves out of poverty. That is what the Kikapu by Furaha B brand is all about – weaving out poverty. The brainchild of the talented Furaha Bishota-Folquet – a good friend with a big…

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Participating at GUILD, Africa’s First International Design Fair

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Between 27th February and 9th March, 8,500 visitors made their way to the inaugural GUILD Design Fair in Cape Town to enjoy hand-made limited-edition design from celebrated global galleries and institutions. We were in attendance, as part of the Design Network Africa (DNA) delegation, along with commercial galleries, design organisations and revered institutions from Brazil, Italy, South Africa, Spain, UK, USA and beyond. Some highlights from our trip to Cape Town:   These two portraits and the photo at top – by Richard Keppel-Smith Our Ankole horn bowl with gold leaf on a Dokter and Misses cabinet Sofie of Sabahar…

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