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Adele Dejak

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

By | Adele, Adele Dejak, africa, African design, favourites, Photography, Tribal Chic, Uncategorized | No Comments

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

By | #GirlBoss, Adele, Adele Dejak, Adele Dejak Lifestyle, African design, Conversations, Interview, Models | No Comments

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

By | Adele, Adele Dejak, AFI Fashion Week, Africa-Forward, African design, African designers, Dhamani, exhibition, fashion, fashion show, FashionWeek, Photography, Precious | No Comments

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

By | accessories, Adele Dejak, Adele Dejak Lifestyle, AFI Fashion Week, africa, African design, African designers, art, bags, behind the scenes, Behind the scenes, Blog, Discover Africa Premium Luxury, fashion, fashion show, FashionWeek, highlights, life, Love, Photography, Precious | No Comments

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

By | Adele, Adele Dejak, AFI Fashion Week, Dhamani, FashionWeek, Precious | No Comments

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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#GirlBoss – In Conversation with Sheila Mwanyigha

By | #GirlBoss, accessories, Adele, Adele Dejak, Discover Africa Premium Luxury, favourites, finding beauty, Grace, Happiness | 2 Comments

Sheila Mwanyigha is to Kenyans what Oprah Winfrey is to Americans – a beloved media personality turned enterprenuer, editor and sage. She famously reigned radio, before she transitioned to television and has now claimed the social space with her magazine Rembesha and her channel, Sheila Lives Out Loud. Dynamic, accomplished and stylish, we caught up with her to see what this #GirlBoss has been up to. Please tell us a bit about yourself and about what you do I am the managing director of Rembesha Kenya, a digital and print hair and beauty magazine and directory. I’m also a journalist…

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CELEBRATING CULTURE: ADELE DEJAK’S TIV ROOTS

By | accessories, Adele, Adele Dejak, Adele Dejak Lifestyle, African designers, Black, Discover Africa Premium Luxury, Fabric, fabrics, highlights, history, Inspiration, Inspired By Africa, weavers, weaving, weaving techniques | No Comments

Adele Dejak, by way of her mother, belongs to the Tiv nation of Benue State, Nigeria. Scattered through Nigeria and Cameroon, few members of the Tiv community remain but most impressively, they have managed to uphold their customs and traditions in the face of sweeping modernism.                                                   Nothing was documented of the culture-rich Tiv people until the 1900s. Their traditions are on display in weddings, dance, music, and food. The Tiv believe that these elements heal the…

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Fashion Friday – Adele Dejak ♡ Grace Jones

By | accessories, Adele, Adele Dejak, chic, designers, fashion, life, Love, woman crush | No Comments

Fashion and music go hand in hand.  Celebrities like Madonna, Lady Gaga and Rihanna are celebrated not only for their music but for their statement style. But in the beginning, before Hollywood invented them, there was Grace Jones. Born in Jamaica in 1948, Grace Jones moved to New York when she was 13 years old.  She then went on to become a supermodel, a dancer, an actress, a producer, and a personality. Grace is beautiful, sexy and shocking. Her androgynous, distinctive look defined the cross-dressing movement of the 1980s.        Grace has challenged gender stereotypes in fashion by preferring suits,…

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