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Books on African fashion and accessories: our wishlist

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There are few things more satisfying than a good coffee table book. The best are a feast for several senses – beautiful visuals and great design; quality production that makes you want to run your fingers over the paper and cherish the object in your hands all the more, and; of course, moving and inspiring content! Here are a few on our wishlist: Clockwise from top left: New African Fashion by Helen Jennings, Ethnic Jewellery by Van de Star, Contemporary African Fashion by Suzanne Gott (Editor) and Kristyne Loughran (Editor), Dress and Adornment by Peter Magubane What great African fashion…

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Black 3 Ways

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Black is Adèle’s staple and her love of the colour is reflected in a lot of our styling. Who doesn’t love black? Elegant, classic and great for showing off bold accessories such as ours. Here are some style ideas of how to take black from Monday through to Sunday afternoon. We chose pieces from the new Mary & House of Fraser collection to offset our designs (items from the Adèle Dejak collection will be available to buy at our upcoming exclusive event in London) Office party Simonetta Aluminium earrings Mary Portas Aurora dress Asante recycled aluminium bracelets Rora recycled aluminium bracelets Night out with…

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Hanging with Erika from Mikuti

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You may have heard us talking about our friend Erika Freund of Mikuti, on Facebook or Twitter. Mikuti is a brand of jewellery sourced from organic, natural, recycled local materials, made in collaboration with artisans in Tanzania. Erika decided to visit Kenya to see what our environment has to offer. Having Erika in Nairobi has been fantastic and has facilitated a great exchange of ideas. Coupled with our recent visit to Johannesburg for Design Network Africa, we are very excited about these opportunities – meeting and sharing with fellow designers who are showing the design world just how much Africa…

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Exclusive London event – November 8th

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Good news for our UK fans: we will be holding an exclusive event in London this November! For one night only, we will be showcasing our ultra-contemporary, cutting-edge Africa-inspired designs. Get your one-of-a-kind designer gift or treat for Christmas, from exquisite leather bags to dramatic necklaces. RSVP at info@thedriftbar.co.uk and be entered into a drawing to win one of Adele’s creations with ‘Dejak Giveaway’ in the subject of the email (contestants must be present at the sale to win). Looking forward to seeing you there! Time: From 6pm Venue: The Drift Bar, “an island of calm in the heart of the city” (Heron…

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Good business through good design: our trip to Design Network Africa

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Design Network Africa (DNA) is a 36-month programme, which aims to establish authentic interaction between 28 outstanding design companies throughout the African continent, who produce beautiful, contemporary work. The programme’s aims address a lot of what Adele recently reflected on with regards to the Kenyan fashion industry in particular: “Good Business through Good Design” Job creation. Increase in product ranges, sales and global visibility of member companies. To actively assist with resolving specific problems faced by each member company. Origination of a sustainable network between design companies throughout the African continent. Encouraging mentorship, association and collaboration between the members. Honoured…

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A taste of what to expect at our Afri-Love launch

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Only two days left until the Afri-Love collection is here! You’ve seen peeks of some of the materials, and of our artisans laborious work with ebony and brass. After filing down the ebony and placing the brass inside – after filing, drilling, smoothing with sandpaper and polishing, these are some of the final results … (Don’t forget, you are invited to our launch, this Friday 30th September through to Sunday 2nd October, at Village Market and at Westgate in Nairobi. There will refreshments and special launch prices! We look forward to seeing you there.)   See more pieces from the…

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The making of the Afri-Love collection, part II: Asoke

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Part I showed some of the behind-the-scenes work on the “Coffee” feature of the upcoming Afri-Love collection, using ebony and brass. The collection will have a limited edition of bags including the Atoti bag made of kitenge and Asoke. Here are some Asoke from Adele’s collection, bought from West African Traders in Nairobi. Below is some information about Asoke, from the Africa Imports Blog: Asoke cloth is crafted by the Yoruba ethnic group of Nigeria and has been woven for hundreds of years in one form or another. Archaeological sites such as Ife reveal looms of great antiquity. The cloth is…

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The Making of the Afri-Love collection, part I: ebony and brass

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The upcoming collection is a celebration of Adele’s love for the continent and her African roots. Her objective is to re-interpret certain African tribal features in pieces of jewellery for an international audience. The designer has been profoundly influenced by Lulu Kitololo of the Afri-Love blog, whose work and dedication to all things African gave Adele a wake-up call. Collection features There are 2 main features of the new jewellery collection: Coffee and Glass. “Coffee” comprises of ebony and horn, juxtaposed with brass. Today’s post shows how the old Dinka tribe technique of encasing brass in wood has been appropriated…

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The best collection yet! Get ready for the Afri-Love launch

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Adele Dejak presents: The new Afri-Love collection. The collection launch will take place in Nairobi, at Village Market and Westgate, Friday 30th September – Sunday 2nd October; 10am –7pm. Adele’s best collection of fashion accessories yet will be available at special launch prices for the 3 days only. Refreshments will be served all day. Contact Morine and Winfred for further information on: +254 (0) 725.746.890 +254 (0) 700.718.664 +254 (0) 789.217.748 morine@adeledejak.com Stay tuned to the blog for work-in-progress and previews of the collection, all through the next 2 weeks. Sign up to our RSS feed or to receive posts by email to make…

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September giveaway – one of our recycled bags!

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  This month, one lucky subscriber will win a piece from our recycled bags collection. To enter, simply  . As a subscriber, not only will you be automatically entered to win great designs from our collection but, you’ll be first to preview new collections, access special offers and other hip treats! Already a subscriber? Thank you for being a fan! No need to do anything but sit tight. A winner will be chosen at random on the 1st of October.

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