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From the pages of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, to New York Magazine, we roundup our pieces that have caught the eyes of fashion editors the world over. 

 

by Lindsay Samson

Nov 9, 2020

2020 has been quite the year. We’ve seen the COVID-19 pandemic all but upend the world, and change so much about the way we work, communicate, and generally move about the world. On the flip side of the coin, it also happens to have been a year that has seen some of Africa’s foremost design talent continue to gain global attention and acclaim. Whether that’s Rich Mnisi and Emmy Kasbit’s joint Vogue Italia "Scouting for Africa" prize win, designer Sindiso Khumalo’s securing of the Green Carpet Award for Best Independent Designer, or Thebe Magugu’s rapturously received debut at Paris Fashion Week, there’s no doubt that many African designers, including some whose collections we stock right here at Industrie Africa, are steadily getting their due. Read on to discover the pieces being tapped as top tier sartorial choices by the likes of Marie Claire, Vogue, and more.

Form Earrings

By Ami Doshi Shah 

A complex and intriguing creation by Ami Doshi Shah, the Kenyan jewelry designer and silversmith’s Form earring is a polished brass masterpiece, its curvaceous form delivering an unconventional yet refined shape. Called attention to by New York Magazine’s The Cut, it is an eclectic piece of adornment and an exercise in materiality; a sculptural yet wearable objet d’art wrought in spellbinding gold-toned metal and aventurine, encouraging a reverence towards the Earth’s own bounty. Make this unique take on the chandelier earring the finishing touch to a classic jeans and blazer pairing, or add to a chic black dress and stiletto heel combo.

Wear with:

Blouson Ladder Shirt
Blouson Ladder Shirt
Blouson Ladder Shirt
Blouson Ladder Shirt

Studio 189

Blouson Ladder Shirt

$195
Crossroads Mermaid Skirt
Crossroads Mermaid Skirt
Crossroads Mermaid Skirt
Crossroads Mermaid Skirt

Studio 189

Crossroads Mermaid Skirt

$375
Black Stonewash Aja Clutch with Black Ostrich Feather Charm
Black Stonewash Aja Clutch with Black Ostrich Feather Charm
Black Stonewash Aja Clutch with Black Ostrich Feather Charm
Black Stonewash Aja Clutch with Black Ostrich Feather Charm
Black Stonewash Aja Clutch with Black Ostrich Feather Charm
Black Stonewash Aja Clutch with Black Ostrich Feather Charm
Black Stonewash Aja Clutch with Black Ostrich Feather Charm

OKAPI

Black Stonewash Aja Clutch with Black Ostrich Feather Charm

$670
White Fah Regal Sandals
White Fah Regal Sandals

Loza Maleombho

White Fah Regal Sandals

$110

Ojongo Suit Set

By Emmy Kasbit 

Easily one of our most popular items, the Harper’s Bazaar approved Ojongo suit set presents a sartorial meeting of effortlessness and sharp tailoring. This purple Emmy Kasbit confection is a distinctly modern spin on the classic pantsuit, a handcrafted, notice-me wonder, whose playful touches (including the unexpected addition of a distinct flap detail and tapered pants cut from woven Akwete cloth) set it apart from your standard blazer and trouser set. Wear it with a pristine, classic white sneaker to play up the set’s casual quality, then turn to delicate gold chains and hoop earrings to add a dash of striking elegance.

Wear with:

Baba Berry Bag
Baba Berry Bag
Baba Berry Bag
Baba Berry Bag
Baba Berry Bag
Baba Berry Bag

AAKS

Baba Berry Bag

$286
Jongoo Earrings
Jongoo Earrings
Jongoo Earrings
Jongoo Earrings

Sidai Designs

Jongoo Earrings

$55
Leather Choker
Leather Choker
Leather Choker

Sidai Designs

Leather Choker

$216
Koh Sandals
Koh Sandals
Koh Sandals

Loza Maleombho

Koh Sandals

$135

Bumi Jumpsuit

By Kiko Romeo

Tie-dye has made a major comeback over the past few years, and heading into winter, an extra splash of color in your wardrobe helps to stave off the seasonal blues. Featured by American Vogue and more recently in the November issue of InStyle, Kenyan label Kiko Romeo’s Bumi Jumpsuit is a mellow, blue and white concoction made from cotton colored using traditional hand-dyeing technique and woven by the Pendeza Weaving Project (a mentoring organization in Kisumu). With its breathable cotton form, front zip fastening detail and elasticated waist, the jumpsuit is a convenient, practical, and exceptionally comfortable garment, the perfect one-step solution to easy dressing. Staunchly pair with everything from a chunky combat boot and utilitarian chic backpack, to a luxe winter boot and classic leather messenger bag, we’re for finishing things off with an oversized coat and chunky necklace.

Wear with:

Indigo Bouffant Sleeve Vest
Indigo Bouffant Sleeve Vest
Indigo Bouffant Sleeve Vest

Awa Meité

Indigo Bouffant Sleeve Vest

$300
Mini Bucket Bag
Mini Bucket Bag
Mini Bucket Bag
Mini Bucket Bag
Mini Bucket Bag
Mini Bucket Bag
Mini Bucket Bag
Mini Bucket Bag

Thalia Strates

Mini Bucket Bag

$353
Sea Urchin Starfish Ring with Pearl
Sea Urchin Starfish Ring with Pearl
Sea Urchin Starfish Ring with Pearl

Patrick Mavros

Sea Urchin Starfish Ring with Pearl

$210
Leather Kakawa Toe Mule
Leather Kakawa Toe Mule
Leather Kakawa Toe Mule
Leather Kakawa Toe Mule
Leather Kakawa Toe Mule
Leather Kakawa Toe Mule

Shekudo

Leather Kakawa Toe Mule

$210

Niki Messenger Bag

by Thalia Strates

Yet another top pick for an edit in InStyle’s November Issue, this leather handbag by South African designer Thalia Strates is an investment piece that promises a hefty degree of style mileage, a tote that combines playful design and color selection with true practicality. Featuring a cross-body strap made adjustable by a buckle and a conveniently detachable tassel detail, the endlessly wearable bag makes a welcome addition to any closet. Although its unexpected green ostrich skin flap is a prominent and striking feature, the design also imparts a marked sense of restraint, one that renders the piece fabulous when combined with just about anything, whether that’s a snug, grey sweat set, a slinky black dress, or an oversized jacket and jeans pairing.

Wear with:

The Okawa Jacket
The Okawa Jacket
The Okawa Jacket
The Okawa Jacket

Emmy Kasbit

The Okawa Jacket

$220
Bogolan Skirt
Bogolan Skirt
Bogolan Skirt

Awa Meité

Bogolan Skirt

$225
Vessel Drop Earrings
Vessel Drop Earrings
Vessel Drop Earrings

Ami Doshi Shah

Vessel Drop Earrings

$200
Green Stripe Kakawa Toe Mule
Green Stripe Kakawa Toe Mule
Green Stripe Kakawa Toe Mule
Green Stripe Kakawa Toe Mule
Green Stripe Kakawa Toe Mule

Shekudo

Green Stripe Kakawa Toe Mule

$210

Thila Heel

by Loza Maléombho

From the moment Beyoncé’s highly anticipated Black Is King premiered, fans and journalists celebrated the prominence that African fashion designers were given throughout the film. But of all the looks the artists rocked, there was one moment in particular that stood out for many; a black and white printed Loza Maléombho creation. The Ivorian designer’s luxe, olive green Thila heel is similarly adorned with her signature brass mask pendants that serve as hardware, a bold embellishment that steals the show. With its soft velvet exterior, the material of the shoe serves as a perfectly comfortable canvas for the 14k-gold gold-toned metallic embellishment, delivering maximum style impact with little effort.  

Wear with:

Green Double-Breasted Blazer
Green Double-Breasted Blazer
Green Double-Breasted Blazer
Green Double-Breasted Blazer

Studio 189

Green Double-Breasted Blazer

$575
Green Andy Pants
Green Andy Pants
Green Andy Pants
Green Andy Pants

Studio 189

Green Andy Pants

$375
Black Salma Clutch
Black Salma Clutch

New Tangier

Black Salma Clutch

$330
Kifungo Short Tassel Earrings
Kifungo Short Tassel Earrings
Kifungo Short Tassel Earrings
Kifungo Short Tassel Earrings

Sidai Designs

Kifungo Short Tassel Earrings

$70

Small Brilliant Green Yemaja Shoulder Bag

by Okapi

A collaboration between the South African accessories label, designer Maxhosa By Laduma and rapper Riky Rick, Okapi’s richly colored Yemaja shoulder bag will add a sartorial flourish to a simple day dress or jeans and a tee. Another pick by Harper’s Bazaar, the chic accessory features an adjustable strap and Springbok Horn embellishment (an object that is said to signify protection and considered good-luck charms in South Africa), and is sustainably crafted from ostrich skin; meanwhile the brand’s uncompromising dedication to meticulous craftsmanship and conflict-free practises presents an accessory that is beautifully bespoke and ethical. It's an effortless way to inject your look with a little vibrance and joy, making your off-duty look feel utterly fresh in a flash.  

Wear with:

Black Mandevo Shirt
Black Mandevo Shirt
Black Mandevo Shirt

Taibo Bacar

Black Mandevo Shirt

$293
Embroidery Coat
Embroidery Coat
Embroidery Coat
Embroidery Coat
Embroidery Coat

Taibo Bacar

Embroidery Coat

$704
Olive Cantadora Earrings
Olive Cantadora Earrings
Olive Cantadora Earrings
Olive Cantadora Earrings

Pichulik

Olive Cantadora Earrings

$145
Inggy Regal Sandals
Inggy Regal Sandals

Loza Maleombho

Inggy Regal Sandals

$95

Selina Earrings

by Sidai Designs

Made in collaboration with a number of Maasai (an ethnic group of East Africa known widely for their distinctive, traditional dress and age-old custom) women, Sidai Designs’ contemporary, handmade Selena Earring forms part of the label’s first silver collection, Warrioress, and was recently featured in a piece for Condé Nast Traveler. A culturally significant creation (Sidai’s mission is one of preserving the rich heritage of Maasai beadwork and sharing it with the world), the curved wire embellishment of the earring is enveloped in off-white glass beads, while silver discs hang from short chains, that elegantly dangle just above the shoulder. Wear with boldly hued garments that set off the piece’s lightly colored finish, and show off a modern aesthetic with its root in heritage craft.

Wear with:

Pleated Coat Dress
Pleated Coat Dress
Pleated Coat Dress
Pleated Coat Dress
Pleated Coat Dress

Lisa Folawiyo

Pleated Coat Dress

$1,080
Cowry Kiki Hat
Cowry Kiki Hat
Cowry Kiki Hat

Crystal Birch

Cowry Kiki Hat

$80
Elephant Trio Bracelet
Elephant Trio Bracelet

Patrick Mavros

Elephant Trio Bracelet

$195
Lindi Minaudière in Smoke Blush
Lindi Minaudière in Smoke Blush
Lindi Minaudière in Smoke Blush
Lindi Minaudière in Smoke Blush
Lindi Minaudière in Smoke Blush

Khokho Collection

Lindi Minaudière in Smoke Blush

$385

Light Blue Ilamoye Mule

by Shekudo

Here it is: the perfect everyday heel. A fringed winner, its delicate trimming said to be inspired by the Masquerade festivals of East Nigeria, this slip-one mule by Shekudo is a minimal style that fits perfectly into the modern woman’s wardrobe. Locally handcrafted using traditional fabrics like aso-oke cloth, the slip-on style is a showcase of the brand’s standards of craftsmanship and its Australian-born designer, Akudo Iheakanwa’s reverence and enthusiasm for her Nigerian roots. The orange and blue shoe also happens to be a top pick of American GQ and GQ Style Fashion Director Mobolaji Dawodu, an offbeat yet classic accessory that serves as a fine accompaniment to some vintage blue jeans and crisp, white button-down.

Wear with:

Point Fringe Dress
Point Fringe Dress
Point Fringe Dress

Awa Meité

Point Fringe Dress

$275
Bossa Nova Earrings
Bossa Nova Earrings
Bossa Nova Earrings
Bossa Nova Earrings

Pichulik

Bossa Nova Earrings

$105
Margaret Bangle
Margaret Bangle
Margaret Bangle
Margaret Bangle

Adele Dejak

Margaret Bangle

$160
Mini Afro Basket in Pink and Orange
Mini Afro Basket in Pink and Orange
Mini Afro Basket in Pink and Orange
Mini Afro Basket in Pink and Orange

Reform Studio

Mini Afro Basket in Pink and Orange

$230

Pouf Sleeve Shirt Dress

by Studio 189

A simple, modern and accessible black and white garment, this palette cleansing shirtdress by Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah’s Studio 189 is a summer staple that looks just as good during the chilliest days of the year. Listed by The Zoe Report as one of the “Best Fall Dresses to Spend Your Money on Right Now”, it's a perfect day-to-evening dress, a smart and versatile purchase that gives off an elevated yet casual vibe. Made from fabric handwoven by local artisans to create a minimalist, linear pattern, this understated maxi dress is ideal layered underneath a great coat or dressed up with a heel for the evening, while the addition of a statement earring or colorful purse provides a flawless finish.

Wear with:

Leo Bolero
Leo Bolero
Leo Bolero
Leo Bolero

Crystal Birch

Leo Bolero

$65
Ishtar Earrings
Ishtar Earrings
Ishtar Earrings

Pichulik

Ishtar Earrings

$210
Baw Pot Natural Bag
Baw Pot Natural Bag
Baw Pot Natural Bag
Baw Pot Natural Bag
Baw Pot Natural Bag
Baw Pot Natural Bag

AAKS

Baw Pot Natural Bag

$157
Clear Fah Regal Sandals
Clear Fah Regal Sandals
Clear Fah Regal Sandals

Loza Maleombho

Clear Fah Regal Sandals

$110

Rume Printed Pants

by Orange Culture

Another piece that’s part of a matching set, Orange Culture’s marble-like, crinkled-silk pants are a a slim-legged, unisex sensation that’s not for they shy and retiring given their strong contrast of colors. Declared a fine alternative to the tie-dye trend by The Zoe Report, and designed by the Nigerian brand’s founder Adebayo Oke-Lawal, the Rume Pants are an unequivocal power piece, the type of garment that will immediately liven up an otherwise neutral wardrobe and turn the heads of passersby. It's a ready-for-anything piece that you can dress them up with a billowing blouse and chic mules for a sophisticated work ensemble. Or dress them down for a little casual weekend flexing with sneakers and a crop top.

Wear with:

Patched Front T-shirt
Patched Front T-shirt
Patched Front T-shirt

IAMISIGO

Patched Front T-shirt

$137
Orbit Bangle
Orbit Bangle
Orbit Bangle
Orbit Bangle
Orbit Bangle

Ami Doshi Shah

Orbit Bangle

$475
Malachite Garland Hoop Earrings
Malachite Garland Hoop Earrings
Malachite Garland Hoop Earrings

Pichulik

Malachite Garland Hoop Earrings

$95
Small Black Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Black Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Black Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Black Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Black Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Black Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Black Yemaja Shoulder Bag

OKAPI

Small Black Yemaja Shoulder Bag

$1,390

Rose Mandevo Street Pajama

by Taibo Bacar

It would seem that chic, daytime pajama sets continue to reign as streetwear staples. Maybe it’s because COVID-19 has indefinitely blurred the lines between loungewear, or perhaps it's due to new iterations of the style incorporating deliciously luxe touches, including feather trimming and diamanté embellishments. Whatever the reason, we’re certainly not complaining. And though Marie Claire chose the Mandevo Shirt Dress as one of the best maxi dresses of the season, we’re ready to embrace the flowy, unrestrictive elegance of Taibo Bacar’s Mandevo Street Pajama. Crafted from light pink silk sateen, the garment spells indulgence in capital letters, and when worn with a pair of sky-high stilettos, and understated gold hoops or silver drop earrings confer a practical elegance that can’t be beat.

Wear with:

Coast Coat
Coast Coat
Coast Coat
Coast Coat

NKWO

Coast Coat

$495
Sea Urchin Spine Earrings with Blue Topaz
Sea Urchin Spine Earrings with Blue Topaz
Sea Urchin Spine Earrings with Blue Topaz

Patrick Mavros

Sea Urchin Spine Earrings with Blue Topaz

$210
The Aliyah
The Aliyah
The Aliyah
The Aliyah
The Aliyah
The Aliyah

FemiHandbags

The Aliyah

$595
Tinubu Slide
Tinubu Slide
Tinubu Slide
Tinubu Slide
Tinubu Slide

Shekudo

Tinubu Slide

$205

Wide Leg Pants

by Lisa Folawiyo

Featured in The Cut and also spotted in this month’s issue of InStyle, this dynamically printed wide-leg trouser by celebrity-favorite Nigerian designer Lisa Folawiyo was created as a matching piece to her corresponding Cropped Jacket. That being said, it delivers equal impact on its own given its kaleidoscopic shades of deep blue and green. Crafted by local Nigerian artisan communities, it's an ethical and sustainable addition to your closet, produced using eco-friendly upcycling practices, and a statement piece that demonstrates exactly why Folawiyo’s creations have garnered her a growing global fanbase. Considering the designers stated inclination toward comfort, we think teaming the printed pant with a long sleeved jersey, vintage leather tote, and a chunky comfy sneaker or slip-on mule is the way to go.

Wear with:

Ruched Organza Shirt
Ruched Organza Shirt
Ruched Organza Shirt

Lisa Folawiyo

Ruched Organza Shirt

$329
Baseline Drop Earrings
Baseline Drop Earrings
Baseline Drop Earrings

Ami Doshi Shah

Baseline Drop Earrings

$263
Ball Bag in Chalk
Ball Bag in Chalk
Ball Bag in Chalk
Ball Bag in Chalk
Ball Bag in Chalk
Ball Bag in Chalk

Khokho Collection

Ball Bag in Chalk

$495
Agbo Mule
Agbo Mule
Agbo Mule
Agbo Mule

Shekudo

Agbo Mule

$210