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Tote around in these playful fashion forward bags from one of our favourite ethical brands AAKS. Combining traditional methods with contemporary designs, this Ghana based brand, provides some of the most beautiful, durable and chic bags around.
 
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IN CONVERSATION WITH DESIGNER AMY IHEAKANWA


This week In Conversation series, we chat with the stunningly innovative designer that is Amy Iheakanwa. She shares with us what it's been like moving her whole operation to Nigeria, not believing in failure and the value of spending time alone.

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This weeks roundup of insightful articles and opinion piece from around the web on sustainability, fashion & art delivered to you at the comfort of your home or to your smartphone.
FASHION
For all our friends in the northern hemisphere who get a chance to bask in the beautiful weather,  here are 15 Bomb as Swimwear lines designed by black women for women of all shapes and sizes.

 
ART + CULTURE
Contemporary African art goes to rural Portugal. The new festival, Evora Africa, includes key works by Malick Sidibé, Romuald Hazoumé and Cheri Samba.

 

SUSTAINABILITY
Meet the young designers pioneering a sustainable fashion revolution. "For me, sustanibility is about having a greater understanding and knowledge of processes" explains Samantha McCoach, founder of Le Kilt. 
START - UPS
Oldie but a goodie, the product on the market which aims to alleviate the struggle many black girls and boys face. Swimma Caps are made to accommodate high-volume hairstyles like dreads, braids, weaves and Afros
COMING UP IN ISSUE 4
  • Chatting with Sarah Diouf creative genius behind Dakar based brand Tongoro.
  • Appreciation post - get an insight into the team behind ADJOAA through these profile pieces. 
  • Whats new to A - Collective e-Shop.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK


It has been a monumental week for fashion with the highly anticipated debut of Virgil Abloh's first Louis Vuitton menswear collection.

On March 26 2018 it was announced that Virgil Abloh would be the new creative director of Louis Vuitton menswear. This news was met with mixed reviews, the biggest fear being that he would turn Louis Vuitton into a streetwear brand like OFF -WHITE. 

The American - Ghanaian designer did not disappoint on Thursday with one of the most important, inclusive and emotional runways there has ever been. The significance of him being the first black man to be at the helm of Louis Vuitton's menswear was not lost on him. He used 56 models from different ethnic backgrounds and different creative backgrounds like skate culture, the art world, and hip-hop artists to usher in the new era of Louis Vuitton. 

Emotions were very high at the end of the show. There were many tears when Virgil stepped on the runway . It was obvious at that moment that this moment was bigger than him as a individual and marked a shift in the fashion world. Because of Virgil, being apart of the high fashion realm became a more attainable dream for black people everywhere. 

Click on the image below to watch the video of an emotional embrace between Kanye West and Virgil who both started out in fashion together interning at Fendi back in 2009. 
“I don’t call myself a designer, nor do I call myself an image-maker, I don’t reject the label of either. I am not trying to put myself on a pedestal, nor am I trying to be more, now. I would like to define the title of Artistic Director for a new and different era.”
                                                                                 – Virgil Abloh
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