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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

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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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CELEBRATING CULTURE: ADELE DEJAK’S TIV ROOTS

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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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We Love Mud cloth

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If you are an avid Adele Dejak follower, you must have noticed this beautiful, unique fabric we use on our bags every once in a while: The fabric is called Mud Cloth, also known as Bogolanfini in its native Malian language. Mud cloth is handmade Malian cotton fabric dyed using fermented mud, a process that dates back to the 12th century. On our recent trip to Paris, we met up with Boubacar Doumbia, a fellow member of the Design Network programme. Boubacar owns a textile workshop called Le Ndomo. Le Ndomo is a social enterprise created to address the unemployment problem of young people…

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Woman Crush Wednesday > Adele Dejak

By | Adele, Adele Dejak, Adele Dejak Lifestyle, African designers, business, Inspiration, life, Noir Lover, Our World, Sustainable fashion, Uncategorized, Woman Crush Wednesday | No Comments

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. She is our #WCW this week – Adele Dejak. If you follow Kenyan jewellery designer, Adele Dejak’s popular Instagram feed, you may think you have some idea about the woman behind it. Well, Adele Dejak is popularly known as the founder and director of the brand named after her, Adele Dejak. The brand, Adele Dejak, is an African Luxury Brand that solely focuses on creating handmade fashion accessories for the modern, sophisticated and multidimensional  woman who knows how to own her own style. About Adele Dejak Adèle Dejak cut her teeth in the world of typographic…

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Photo Shoot With Randy

By | accessories, Adele Dejak, Adele Dejak Lifestyle, Afri Love, Afri Love collection, African design, African designers, Behind the scenes, bracelets, chokers, Collaborators, design, earrings, Ethical Fashion, fashion, favourite pieces, hand made, how to buy, Inspiration, jewellery, necklaces, Photography, Photoshoots, Recycled collection, showcase, Sustainable fashion, Uncategorized | No Comments

“I see photography as that eye-catching moment that’s passing, and one which is authentic.” Adele Dejak. In our last blog, Photographic works using nature as a backdrop, we saw Adele being both a designer and photographer. She is used to carrying her camera almost everywhere, making her job her hobby. She always quotes “I love sharing my work as much as possible; I can see the most beautiful view in the world, but if I don’t capture it with my camera and publish it, it’s like I didn’t see it at all.” I got to work with Randy Gowon, one of my…

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Photographic works using nature as a Backdrop

By | Adele Dejak Lifestyle, africa, African design, African designers, art, design, Ethical Fashion, finding beauty, hand made, Inspiration, jewellery, nature, Uncategorized | No Comments

‘If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere you go.’ Van Gogh I declare the world to be the most profound, beautiful thing that ever existed. Its beauty as well as its entities do have an effect on our senses. But what is it about nature that makes us declare of its beauty? Nature always has a way of bringing a lot of beauty into our lives just as there is so much around for us to see, touch and hear. No matter how many times you look at something, it is always different. Adele tries to mix…

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Beads and their beauty: The Samburu, Masai, Turkana and their historic origin.

By | accessories, Adele Dejak, Afri Love, Afri Love Maasai collection, africa, African design, African designers, bracelets, choker, chokers, Collaborators, hand made, jewellery, Maasai collection, necklaces, Sustainable fashion, Uncategorized | No Comments

“All you need is love…and some really nice beads”, a quote Adele loves using especially when interacting with her clients. Over the years, the Maasai, Turkana and Samburu beads have formed an integral part of culture. They are far much more than just ornaments as they play a deeper role in these respective ethnic groups. For the Maasai people, the beads reflect their beauty, strength and their deep love and devotion for their cattle”.  On the other hand, the latter wear these beads as it reflects a sign of health, one’s marital status and even the number of children one…

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Wrist Arrest with Adele Dejak Arm Candy

By | accessories, Adele Dejak, africa, African design, African designers, Artisans, bangles, Blog, bracelet, bracelets, brass, chic, chokers, Ethical Fashion, fashion, finding beauty, hand made, Inspiration, jewellery, jewelry, Uncategorized | No Comments

The most adorable thing about the spring and summer is that you can explore many styles flaunting your arm. As the summer season embarks in a few days,  short sleeves will be very common, and you can flaunt your arm with the beauty of arm candy bracelets. A bold blend of bangles can instantly up an outfit’s ante, and so can statement bracelets on their own. K-JUUI BraceletArm candy is not only fun to wear, but also great fun in showcasing your personality. You can wear huge ones on their own or stack them up with one or two simpler ones. You…

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Accessory Highlight: Bahati Almaz Choker

By | accessories, Adele Dejak, Adele Dejak Lifestyle, Africa-Forward, African designers, Blog, brass, choker, chokers, designers, Ethical Fashion, fashion, Kenya | No Comments

In keeping up with the 90’s theme that has been all the rage for over a year now, is the choker style necklace. The choker has been seen  both on and off catwalks by designers such as Olivier Rousteing of Balmain, Christia Dior just to name a few, taking their versions to the next level. The choker is a simple accessory to upscale your ensemble in different styles from day to evening. It’s easy to see the choker’s appeal: it’s a cool-girl nod to ’90s grunge, it doesn’t interfere with your outfit, it complements everything and it acts like a built-in…

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