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Rooibos teabag purses take off in Paris

Gracious Dube, a 33 year old Zimbabwean living in Cape Town’s rooibos teabag purses are currently all the rage at upmarket fashion and décor boutique, Ithemba Design Ethik in Paris. Dube was originally trained by her art teacher and, when she moved to Cape Town in 2006, she began working with Original T-Bag Designs, a…

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Polka dots are still in fashion

Seven ways to wear polka dots

Polka dots first appeared on fabrics, bow ties and handkerchiefs in the 1840s, making the style almost 180 years old. Considering that patterns and trends tend to disappear at a fast pace, the longevity of polka dots is an amazing feat. There are so many ways to wear polka dots, from classic dresses that hark…

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Latest wedding dress trends

2018 wedding dress trends

A bride knows exactly what she wants her dream wedding dress to look like. Some prefer lace, some opt for silk; some like sleeves, others want strapless. Whatever your ideal wedding dress, there are some trends that may influence the look and 2018 is no different. This year, a number new styles may jump out…

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Movement to wear local labels gains traction

The Wear SA Fashion Festival is gaining popularity through its #IWearSA movement that aims to promote local brands. The festival hopes to boost the South African clothing and textile industry by encouraging people to buy more local labels from South African designers, retailers and manufacturers. The festival runs in conjunction with SA Fashion Week and…

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Recycle your unwanted clothing

Think twice before simply throwing out your old and unwanted clothing. Donating items that you no longer wear gives your garments twice the lifespan and is a great way to give to those less fortunate and in need. There are dozens of charity shops, NGO’s and shelters in the city, such as St Annes Homes,…

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Celebrities who rocked Ankara

With films like Black Panther smashing box office records, African print has taken the fashion world by storm. Ankara is now globally accepted and even celebrated as a symbol of pride and elite fashion. Here are a six Hollywood stars that have elegantly embraced and totally rocked African Ankara print fabric: Beyonce Knowles Queen Bey…

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Can the fashion industry be sustainable?

Fashion trends come and go as quickly as the seasons and styles change on a monthly basis. All of this requires new designs and materials, which can take its toll on the environment. So, can the fashion industry be sustainable? It is estimated that by 2030, the fashion industry will need 50% more water, its…

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Euphemia-Ann Sydney-Davies

African designer promotes ethical fashion at London Fashion Week

It’s a classic tale of making waves in the industry. Euphemia-Ann Sydney-Davies fled Sierra Leone at the height of the civil war as a child refugee. Now she is leading the way for ethical fashion at the London Fashion Week. The designer showcased a fantastic three-piece suit made from Ghanaian cloth at a fashion event…

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How to make your own Ankara belt

Ankara belts are a great accessory to any outfit that just needs a little extra pop and embellishment. In order to make your own simple Ankara belt at home you are going to need the following inexpensive items: Ankara material Marco (see video) Tape rule Transparent ruler Two pairs of scissors Knife Punch Buckle Rivet…

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The Ugandan Fashion Industry

While Uganda continues to struggle with systemic challenges facing the fashion industry, it still remains one of the most active and thriving sectors in the country. The number one challenge still facing the industry continues to be the based around the myth that imported clothing, commonly known as “mivumba” in Uganda, means better quality. Figures…

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