Category Archives: Africa-Forward

The Signature Adele Dejak Hand Selfies: Part 1

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Selfie! Selfie! Selfie! Oh the word Selfie. It is safe to state that, in this day and age, if you have no clue what that means you have been living under a rock.  World over, selfies have been taken of individuals (no age restrictions) or/and with friends/celebrities/monumental buildings and views, and have flooded the social media platforms for years. Having agreed on the above,  we all understand that a selfie is defined as a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared (not necessarily) via social media. They can express love, or…

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Adele Dejak Showroom Renovation Reveal

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After weeks of strenuous design work and project management, we are so excited to reveal this full showroom renovation.  Our director Adele Dejak felt that this was a much needed project and the transformation of the showroom would enable the brand to provide chic visuals, a delightful shopping experience, and at the same time appeal to those with an eye for beauty. As we prepared for this much anticipated period to showcase what we had been working on, so much consideration and attention went into the details. If you had visited with us prior to the renovation, you would remember…

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What Does Your Favourite Accessory Say About You

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Did you know that we can tell (just by observing) what your go to accessory says about your personality? You might not realize it, but there are lots of things your jewelry can reveal about you. You might just think you’re accessorizing your favorite outfit, but the pieces and placement of the jewelry you select can actually let others in on certain aspects of your personality. Don’t worry there’s nothing bad or strange, but it is certainly fun and insightful to find out the things your jewelry says about you. Before we do, we just need to remind you that your...
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Woman Crush: Sade Adu

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“To be a mother you must be strong, even if you don’t feel it. You have to pretend.” Sade   When we look back at history, celebrating love, leadership, courage, strength and achievements of women has not always been the case. However, ever since the inception of the International women`s day and month, women’s efforts are now recognized changing that tremendously . Today is no different for us here at Adele Dejak  because we would not have it any other way than to honor the women who are trailblazers in their areas of specialty, beginning with music. Today’s WCW and hero…

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Reni Folawiyo-Alara Concepts

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Alara is the brainchild of prominent Nigerian businesswoman, Reni Folawiyo. Alara is a concept store in the true sense of the term, being where fashion meets design, meets culture, meets anything that’s hip! It fuses both international and African luxury cool, and in this vein even features a restaurant by celebrated NYC based Senegalese chef, Peter Thiam.   Alara, which means ‘wondrous performer’ in Yoruba, is rapidly becoming a fashion destination for Nigerians and westerners alike. It offers a mix of fashion, art and design in a similar style to famous concept stores like Paris’ Colette, London’s Dover Street Market…

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Noir Lover in paris Recap

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Hello Noir Lover! As you know the past couple of days have been spent in Paris, and what an invigorating time it has been here! We touched base at the Maison & Objet trade fair, from the 2nd to the 6th of September, and this turned out to be quite the success story. We showcased some of our most popular pieces and received the most positive responses from the event attendees.   We were privileged to meet some of the best fashion and art brands from around the globe. In particular, we were quite taken by AAKS Handcrafted of Ghana, Diallo designs…

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KALON – BEAUTY THAT IS MORE THAN SKIN DEEP.

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…And the launch finally happened! On the 10th of April this year, Blankets & Wine held a major show at the Ngong Racecourse in Nairobi. There were amazing music performances from Just A Band, Muthoni the Drummer Queen, Mayonde and from world renowned soul artist; Aloe Blacc! For the very first time, fashion and art installations were also available at the Blankets & Wine event, of which we were a part of.   ‘KALON’ is an ancient Greek concept which refers to the ideal of physical and moral beauty. The collection is indeed a beautiful and all-rounded one which includes…

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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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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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Big City Lights. Camera. Fashion!

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February was a whirlwind of a month – in the best way possible! Here are some snippets from the month that was … London Calling Adele packed her bags for London towards the beginning of last month, to participate in the UK’s definitive fashion trade show, Pure London.       Adele Dejak On-Air! Last month, Adele was interviewed by CNBC at our workshop/showroom, ‘Kiambu International’ Watch the interview here.   Fashion Africa At last year’s Samsung #AmazeAfrica Fashion Week in Pretoria, South Africa, we collaborated with Nana Brenu on a collection inspired by beetles (read a review on Bella Naija and watch Adele and Nana’s #AmazeAfrica interview…

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