Africa Glitz ‘n’ Graphics

Posted on January 7, 2012


 Polished surfaces and graphic African prints bring home a fresh aesthetic in these 15 socially conscious finds

By paying homage to tradition and building new models of sustainable development, these ethical fashion brands stand amongst those on the forefront of high style and high social impact for Africa.

Adjoa Osei

Adjoa Osei‘s Adapt Collection is an eight piece, limited edition capsule that enhances smart, casual wear with African print. 1: Adjoa Osei Green Jersey Top with Teal Maxi Skirt; 2: Adjoa Osei Orange Jersey Vest. Both are 100% cotton with hand woven African print and ribbon detail. Contact Adjoa Osei directly for orders and pricing.


Kora‘s luxury products use recycled and discarded materials, while creating a sustainable income for African artisans to support their businesses. 3: Kora Aluminum Lily Cuff, $205; 4: Kora Kite Earrings, $105; 5: Kora Black Horn Knuckle Ring, $70 – on sale.

Ohema Ohene

Ohema Ohene‘s long term vision is to produce the majority, if not the entirety, of its products in Ghana and its neighbouring community. 6: Ohema Ohene OH! NANA ‘Teshie’ Trainers with reversible and removable top, £75.00; 7: Ohema Ohene OH! Classic-Kente African print shoes, £35.00 – on sale.


UGO‘s oilcloth bags are made in the UK using traditional African fabrics. 8: UGO Barrel Style High Gloss Structured Tote (Souffler Sur), £40; 9: UGO Leather Trimmed Rucksack (Tropical Foliage), £100; 10: UGO Voyager Cargo (Swirls & Suctions), £75.


Lemlem‘s products are handmade in Ethiopia, a brand started by supermodel/actress and former World Health Organisation’s Goodwill Ambassador, Liya Kebede to preserve the art of weaving. 11: lemlem Printed Leli Scarf, $135.00.

Dannijo + Falling Whistles

DANNIJO x Falling Whistles necklaces are handmade in New York, and 30% of net proceeds go toward helping Falling Whistles with efforts in education, advocacy, and rehabilitation of war-affected people in Congo. 12: Dannijo Silver Fringe Falling Whistle Necklace, $398; 13: Dannijo Brass Fringe Falling Whistle Necklace, $398.


Choolips S/S ’12 collection, ‘A Life Aquatic 1.2′, marries the batik traditions of Ghana, West Africa, and applique from Gujarat, India. 14: Choolips Lulu Applique Dress; Though their S/S ’12 dresses are not yet available in their online shop, a host of delicious batik scarves await for purchase!

Indego Africa

Indego Africa‘s fairly traded products are hand crafted by their partner cooperatives in Rwanda. One hundred percent of profits go towards long-term skills training in business and literacy for African women. 15: Indego Africa Imfumzo Bangles, $20.