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MEET MADUSA KARMA – THE NEW ADELE DEJAK BRAND MUSE

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“muse” Your fire is my fire.                  -Ben Saphiro They say having a muse is part of our life script; a form of modern day questing. A muse shares in your passion and adventure – tells your story. A muse is a source of inspiration; a touchstone of places, activities and things that in a way inspire peace, joy and creativity in others.                                                                                   Introducing, Darina Anstis, A.K.A Madusa Karma; the latest muse at Adele Dejak. She represents the modern African woman, stunningly beautiful and unapologetically bold with an eagle eye for fashion. Darina has a sense of creativity…

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Adele Dejak, a Kenya based entrepreneur building a global luxury accessory brand that celebrates the true African experience

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When a powerhouse like Lionesses of Africa recognizes and appreciates real and raw entrepreneurial and cultural improvement efforts like ours, at Adele Dejak we have no choice but to give our heartfelt appreciation. This is a re-post of an article done by Lionesses of Africa by Adele Dejak. Enjoy the read and thank you Lionesses of Africa. Adele Dejak, founder of Adele Dejak (Kenya) In the highly competitive world of international jewellery design, it can be hard to stand out from the crowd. But this is certainly not the case for Kenyan jewellery and accessory design entrepreneur, Adele Dejak, founder…

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COPYING KILLS THE CAT: FAKES KILL AFRICA!

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Copycatting truly kills the cat! There are those creative artists and designers who spend their whole time trying to create something unique, and those who simply steal their creations and try to reproduce them in bad copies of the original product that has a devastating effect. Africa is still weak in protecting its creative fashion designers, which is also why Africa is more and more invaded by cheaper imitation of designs made elsewhere other than Africa, killing any possibility for African designers’ market to grow and thrive. Original                                                             Copy   Original                                                          Copy Yes, of course, those who see fake copies…

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We Are The African Reinassance

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We are the #AfricanRenaissance. We are inspired not just by Africa, but by the currents of Africa; the social and cultural revolution, the aesthetic reinvention and the evolution of concepts such as art, beauty and design. Africa is the cradle of man. It’s the incubator and originator of life, of culture. The common misconception is that in the past centuries, no design or innovation has come out of Africa. This belief was cemented by the fact that coming out of the industrial age and into the information age, Africa has been a receiver rather than a co-creator of technology and…

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Adele Dejak Celebrates Mothers

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For most of us, our mothers are our entire world. They bring and introduce us to the world. Everything we are – how we interact and respond to the world and the people we eventually become – is because our mothers have been there, as steadfast and as brilliant as the North Star, guiding and illuminating our paths. Mothers love us unconditionally and irrevocably. They nourish us, care for us and protect us. They instruct, inform and educate us, which is why the 13th of May is dedicated to them world-wide. While it’s true that mothers are sacred and should…

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The Model Next Door – Conversation with John David Kimeu #ModelsSeries

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This is the second installation of our #ModelsSeries. The intention of the series is to interrogate how models are modelling the design space in Africa. We are long past days when models were seen as clothes-hangers. The process to select a model for a campaign or for runway is more conscientious than the process of choosing a life-partner. After-all, marriage is til separation – associations are eternal. The model has to have the right look, has to fit with your brand and has to embody the spirit or mood of your campaign; this is not always easy to find. John…

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Conversation with Laura Anjili #ModelsSeries

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Models are an integral part of the design process and presentation. They bring the pieces to life. They are an actualized illusion, the physical projection, a way for us to interact with abstract design concepts. They help us visualize ourselves consuming, celebrating and co-curating design. Over the years, we have worked with several models and established a community, a camp, a family. The models we have worked with are proof on an emerging industry and of a cultural and aesthetic Renaissance in Africa. They are proof that the definition of beauty and the idea of what’s desirable has evolved. We…

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Collection Recollection – #PreciousCollection

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Our latest collection has been titled Dhamani, which is the Swahili word for precious. This collection is celebratory – it’s about valuing what matters and that’s life, love and culture. The Dhamani collection sees East Africa as not only the incubator of life but as the eternal witness to the evolution of man. It was inspired particularly, by the story of Hell’s Gate Gorge in Naivasha. It is said that a volcanic eruption, which killed over a hundred Maasais, sculpted the dramatic, stunning walls of the gorge. With this collection, we wanted to recreate the process and have intense and…

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Road to #AFICapetownFashionWeek – Globe Roundabout Shoot

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For this campaign, it was important to situate ourselves. Hell’s Gate gorge and Lake Naivasha served to put our narrative in a historical, philosophical and metaphoric frame. But after exploring where we are from and where we are going, it was important to think about where we are. Geography is usually the best place to begin. The broad theme for AFI’s Fashion week was the concept of Journey and journeying. This merged smoothly with our future-looking introspection – it became a bi-dimensional exploration of space and time. If you think about the current time – its pace, its energy and…

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Road to AFI-Capetown Fashion Week – Hell’s Gate Gorge Shoot

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We have been invited to show at this year’s AFI Fashion Week in capetown. To get a sense of the Adele Dejak brand, AFI commissioned a visual campaign. The intention of the campaign was to contextualize the brand and explore the link between design, culture and place. When considering possible locations for the shoot, Adele wanted intensity and immensity, which is why she went with the Hell’s gate gorge and Lake Naivasha. We also filmed at Globe roundabout in Nairobi’s CBD as we wanted to capture the energy and pace of Nairobi and at the Adele Dejak studio and showroom…

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