needle+thread Ethical Design

needle+thread is a sustainable home design brand that connects Kenyan artisan craftswomen with a global and modern clientele for interior designs! Ethical fashion and fair trade are at the centre of what they do; they work with Bebe Ravi cooperative to employ Kenyan Maasai women to craft beautiful interiors and beads. Their work is beautiful…

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Celebrating African Print in Homes

We’ve been seeing this image everywhere for a long while. You can’t deny the eye candy. So, we’re happy to see that African Prints in Fashion found the image in a photography series by Ania Wawrzkowicz. Let’s take a minute to appreciate African print in our homes. It sure does make everything pop! Via African…

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Fashion Cities Africa Exhibition

We are happy to start off this year with this exhibition that is showcasing African creativity in the UK scene. Fashion Cities Africa is the first major exhibition that will do this in the UK. The exhibition focuses on fashion in four African cities – Casablanca in Morocco, Lagos in Nigeria, Nairobi in Kenya and…

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Head on Design Sculptures

South Africa’s Head on Design studio gives us these beautiful sculptures of African animal heads. The concept behind these heads are three-pronged – it’s environmentally friendly cause recyclable materials are used; it’s socially responsible cause it discourages poaching; and it’s technologically progressive cause some of the heads are done by 3D printing. Let’s make it four-pronged, cause…

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Xnasozi

Ugandan-American designer, Nasozi Kakembo, brings us ‘Xnasozi’, her home decor and lifestyle brand. Xnasozi creates home accessories in different West African fabrics, including Indigo, Mud Cloth and Print. The brand is dedicated to bridging the gap between local artisans and the global market, and in that way, promoting African design. They also contribute a portion…

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Bhuti – South African Beer

Beautiful design has always seemed to be more or less a Western concept; in Africa, were there is relatively little manufacturing, and where many foods are gotten ‘fresh’, we haven’t always put much stock on packaging and design. But this is changing. It’s always refreshing to see design out of Africa, and whats more, design…

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