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These cultural insiders from across the continent reveal the items on their holiday wish lists.


By Lindsay Samson

Nov 26, 2020

2020 has been a challenging year to say the least, but now that holiday season is finally here, it's officially time to celebrate. Celebrations are sure to look a little different this year. In the face of an ongoing global pandemic, huge family gatherings are certainly not recommended, and indulgent overseas vacations have been grounded until further notice. One thing that remains the same, however, is that a little gifting goes a long way to keep the spirits up at this time of the year. And who better to guide us along in this endeavour than some of the continent's top cultural influencers and tastemakers? In our effort to make snagging the perfect gift a little less stressful this year, we asked eleven arbiters of cool—from celebrated fashion designers and photographers, to curators and performers—with serious style credentials to tell us exactly which Industrie Africa gems they’ll be ‘adding to cart’ this Christmas. So whether you’re looking to treat yourself (and after a year like this one, you deserve it!), or spoil those closest to you, here’s a little help from a selection of the continent's top tastemakers to make your gift-selecting task a triumph.

Aisha Ayensu

Ghana

The brains behind globally-beloved Ghanaian label Christie Brown, designer Aisha Ayenu’s collections are a tangible representation of her unapologetic love of her African heritage. With her brand, Ayensu boldly blends clashing prints with warm and vivid shades, rendering them in audaciously avant-garde shapes: full skirts, and exaggeratedly feminine silhouettes abound throughout her work, which is equally renowned for its precise tailoring and bold hues. There’s also a palpable love for the craft that emerges in Ayensu’s collections, a love that developed at an early age. As a girl, she’d watch as her beloved seamstress grandmother toiled behind her sewing machine, producing rich and intricate pieces that wowed the young Ayensu, and igniting a passion that would ultimately lead to the Christie Brown CEO creating one-of-a-kind gowns and accessories worn by the likes of Beyoncé, Michelle Obama and Alicia Keys. With her personal style, Ayensu displays a propensity toward bold elegance, favoring playful takes on volume, and oversized earrings. And though she’s unafraid to embrace the fusion of pattern and color that characterise her label in her own wardrobe, there’s a marked timelessness to her style.


Photo: Aisha Ayensu. Courtesy of Aisha Ayensu


Tell us about your dream gift.

An 'unlimited' gift certificate from Viva Concept Store in Accra and Industrie Africa! I absolutely love their assortments and I get to have a great mix of African and non-African brands in my closet.


What’s the best/most memorable gift you’ve ever received?

My car! Can't really get more memorable than that. Well, until I get that Birkin. Lol.


What piece would you snag for yourself from Industrie Africa?

I'm eyeing the Reform Studio Mini Afro Bucket Bag, precisely the black and gold! Such a chic piece made from recycled material. What's not to love?!


What piece would you snag for another from Industrie Africa?

The Adele Dejak Margaret Bangle! I want it for myself, so maybe I'd get to borrow it.


Shop Aisha's picks

Signature Bubble Pant
Signature Bubble Pant
Signature Bubble Pant

Christie Brown

Signature Bubble Pant

$195
Margaret Bangle
Margaret Bangle
Margaret Bangle
Margaret Bangle

Adele Dejak

Margaret Bangle

$160
Mini Afro Basket in Beige and Gold
Mini Afro Basket in Beige and Gold
Mini Afro Basket in Beige and Gold
Mini Afro Basket in Beige and Gold

Reform Studio

Mini Afro Basket in Beige and Gold

$230
Mini Afro Basket in Black and Gold
Mini Afro Basket in Black and Gold
Mini Afro Basket in Black and Gold
Mini Afro Basket in Black and Gold

Reform Studio

Mini Afro Basket in Black and Gold

$250


Touria El Glaoui

Morocco

The founding director of the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, the Morocco-born-and-raised Touria El Glaoui (who is now based in London, one of the three cities in which 1-54 is hosted—the other two being New York and Marrakesh) has always had an affinity toward art. The daughter of the late Moroccan artist Hassan El Glaoui, with the smell of paint never too far off, she was surrounded by creativity from the youngest age. And though she’s admitted to not having inherited any of her father’s artistic talent, her deep-rooted connection to art and displeasure at the lack of international visibility for contemporary art from Africa and the diaspora, ultimately propelled her toward the art world and the work she does today. As far as her personal style, El Glaoui tends to lean toward uncomplicated basics. Classic silhouettes paired with understated jewelry pieces create a down-to-business aura that conveys authority and smarts, while the incorporation of expertly  cut closet staples (including blazers, coats and coveralls) reveals an inclination toward confident tailoring and classic comfort.

Tell us about your dream gift.

Always an artwork. At our last edition of 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London this October, the work of South African artist Mongezi Ncaphayi, presented by Atelier Le Grand Village, caught my eye. So, I would say that a work by Ncaphayi is my dream gift this year.


What’s the best/most memorable gift you’ve ever received?

I was recently given an artwork by DuduBloom More, a South African artist who works with textiles, to celebrate the most recent edition of the fair in London. The work that More’s gallery, Berman Contemporary, presented at the fair were all in response to the pandemic and the anxieties it instilled in the artist. It was a very fitting work for me to receive following this fair edition which faced and overcame so many of the challenges COVID-19 placed in its way.


What pieces would you snag for yourself from Industrie Africa?

I would have to say the Toye Cape by Emmy Kasbit because it would be perfect to wear on a chilly evening in Morocco. I grew up in Morocco and regularly visit to see family and organise the Marrakech edition of the fair. I am also fond of the sentiment of strength and protection behind the brick motif in the Toye Cape.


What pieces would you snag for another from Industrie Africa?

Any item by the designers NKWO would be wonderful to gift to anyone, their coats especially. Their current collection, as well as their dedication to the preservation of traditional craft, remind me of our 1-54 Lounge at the London fair last year entitled ‘Blue Cloth.’ 


Shop Touria's Picks

Toye Cape
Toye Cape
Toye Cape
Toye Cape

Emmy Kasbit

Toye Cape

$220
Toye Cut-Out Pant
Toye Cut-Out Pant
Toye Cut-Out Pant
Toye Cut-Out Pant
Toye Cut-Out Pant

Emmy Kasbit

Toye Cut-Out Pant

$170
Coast Long-Line Jacket
Coast Long-Line Jacket
Coast Long-Line Jacket
Coast Long-Line Jacket
Coast Long-Line Jacket

NKWO

Coast Long-Line Jacket

$775
Coast Coat
Coast Coat
Coast Coat
Coast Coat

NKWO

Coast Coat

$495


Photo: Touria El Glaoui. Courtesy of Touria El Glaoui



Lisa Folawiyo

Nigeria

The perfect brand ambassador for her own label, Nigerian designer Lisa Folawiyo’s style is the embodiment of the chic, culturally rich aesthetic for which her eponymous label has come to be known. Founded in 2005, the brand remains as popular as ever (celebrities including Lupita Nyong'o, Lucy Liu, Thandie Newton have been known to don her garments), Folawiyo’s innovative use of Ankara cloth and other traditional African fabrics shares the limelight with sharp, modern tailoring. Her personal style embraces these same qualities, demonstrating an inclination toward texture, vivid color blocking, and luxe accessories, and revealing a knack for unconventional garment pairing. Her own designs also feature heavily in her fashion rotation, with the celebrated creative often stepping out in the dynamic creations that have emerged from her own imagination. Fun, experimental, and unburdened by fickle trends, Folawiyo’s covetable style shirks the rules, prioritising fresh takes on banked-on basics.

Tell us about your dream gift.

My dream gift would be a holiday with family somewhere we can fully immerse ourselves in the Christmas spirit [and would] include lots of food, laughter, good music, lights, parties, and lots of sleep.


What’s the best/most memorable gift you’ve ever received?

Tough question. I can’t choose between my birthday getaway to a private island in the Maldives with my husband and children, or my updated engagement ring. They are at par—for now. 


What pieces would you snag for yourself from Industrie Africa?

Any two (or all!) of Adele Dejak’s pieces. I particularly love the Dhamani Adele Earrings and the Margaret Bangle. Timeless, elegant and edgy at the same time, these would spruce up any holiday looks and I can go on to wear them whenever, however, and forever. 


What pieces would you snag for another from Industrie Africa?

The Zaaf Indicar Afar Weekender would be a great gift for my husband. It is a beautiful, classic, and functional bag. Ideal for short trips and as a gym bag, I know he’ll make great use of it. 

 

Shop Lisa's Picks

Dhamani Adele Earrings
Dhamani Adele Earrings
Dhamani Adele Earrings
Dhamani Adele Earrings

Adele Dejak

Dhamani Adele Earrings

$85
Lalla Earrings
Lalla Earrings
Lalla Earrings
Lalla Earrings
Lalla Earrings

Adele Dejak

Lalla Earrings

$70
Indica Afar Weekender
Indica Afar Weekender
Indica Afar Weekender
Indica Afar Weekender

ZAAF

Indica Afar Weekender

$590
Pleated Coat Dress
Pleated Coat Dress
Pleated Coat Dress
Pleated Coat Dress
Pleated Coat Dress

Lisa Folawiyo

Pleated Coat Dress

$1,080


Photo: Lisa Folawiyo. Courtesy of Lisa Folawiyo



Yasmin Furmie

South Africa

Yasmin Furmie defies categorization. A designer, mother, brand owner, former social worker and all-round creative, the Johannesburg-based style maven marches to the beat of her own drum, the enthusiastic energy and androgynous air of her personal style challenging convention. Alongside Cynthia Allie, she’s the co-founder of SiSi the Collection, a label through which the two close friends produce collections of white shirts in different styles, putting their own distinct spins on a contemporary classic. This creativity extends to Furmie’s own wardrobe, through which a sense of self assuredness and adventure permeates. A cursory scroll through her Instagram feed reveals that there’s nothing she won’t try style-wise, appearing as at-home in feminine, tiered fabrics and oversized accessories as she does in an ultra cool T-shirt, checkered pants, and sneaker combo. She plays with proportions and layering to whimsical effect, consistently displaying the kind of forward-thinking fashion flair that saw her win the Most Innovative Style Award at this year’s SA Style Awards. And though her fashion sense is certainly experimental, there’s no doubt that, when it comes to putting together an outfit, Furmie knows exactly what she’s doing.


Photo: Yasmin Furmie, Glamour, Aug 2019,


Tell us about your dream gift.

It would have to be something well thought out for the person I am. I am appreciative of great quality, creativity, sustainability and uniqueness, so my ideal gift would have to take all that into account. I love accessories so anything from earrings to handbags and clothes.


What’s the best/most memorable gift you’ve ever received?

The most memorable gift I’ve received has to be a diamond from my dad when I was about 25 years old. It has stayed with me through a ring version and thereafter I had it reset in a necklace. It’s one of two things I still have from my dad who has long since passed away and it reminds me of the love he always bestowed on me. 


What pieces would you snag for yourself from Industrie Africa?


Definitely one of the Okapi handbags—the Small Brilliant Green Yemaja Shoulder Bag and the NKWO Knot-A-Lot Dress.

What pieces would you snag for another from Industrie Africa?

For my loved ones, I’d gift the following: the Patrick Mavros Sea Urchin Petite Tsavorite Garnet Ring to my daughter and the Femi Handbags Aliyah Bag for my sister. Both designers are great examples of African excellence.


Shop Yasmin's Picks

Knot-a-lot Dress
Knot-a-lot Dress
Knot-a-lot Dress
Knot-a-lot Dress
Knot-a-lot Dress

NKWO

Knot-a-lot Dress

$348
Sea Urchin Petite Ring with Tsavorite Garnet
Sea Urchin Petite Ring with Tsavorite Garnet
Sea Urchin Petite Ring with Tsavorite Garnet

Patrick Mavros

Sea Urchin Petite Ring with Tsavorite Garnet

$150
Small Brilliant Green Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Brilliant Green Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Brilliant Green Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Brilliant Green Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Brilliant Green Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Brilliant Green Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Brilliant Green Yemaja Shoulder Bag

OKAPI

Small Brilliant Green Yemaja Shoulder Bag

$1,915
The Aliyah
The Aliyah
The Aliyah
The Aliyah
The Aliyah
The Aliyah

FemiHandbags

The Aliyah

$595


Sofia Guellaty

Tunisia

Born and raised in Tunisia, Sofia Guellaty—founder and editor-in-chief of Mille World—carries herself with the confidence of a woman sure of herself and of her style. Christened the reigning fashion queen of the Middle East by some, Guellaty is both an aspirational and relatable style icon for the modern woman, one whose distinct aesthetic is wholly her own. A champion of Arabian culture, lifestyle, and fashion, she’s often seen in chic basics, albeit with her own unique spin: clashing patterns liven up an otherwise simple jumper, boot and midi skirt combination, while the incorporation of traditional Tunsian garb gives life to an otherwise neutral Fashion Week ensemble. But for Guellaty, fashion—and consequently, her own style—is more than just frivolous fun. It’s also the lens through which she seeks to explore both her own identity and that of the Arab world, using her platform Mille World and her own personal dress code to encourage Arab creatives (particularly fashion designers) to take control of their own narratives.

Tell us about your dream gift.

At this point, an amazing trip somewhere. Anywhere!


What’s the best/most memorable gift you’ve ever received?

My wedding was a surprise organised by my husband. It was supposed to be a small affair and he turned it into a magical fairytale-like moment. Tough to beat!


What piece would you snag for yourself from Industrie Africa?

I have so many items in my cart already, like the Tamu Dress by Doreen Mashika, Emmy Kasbit’s Fafi Off-the-shoulder Jacket, Studio 189’s Mandarin Shirtdress, and one of Crystal Birch’s sunhats.


What piece would you snag for another from Industrie Africa?

I’d probably offer a New Tangier bag. I love the relaxed yet sophisticated allure of their clutch bags.


Shop Sofia's Picks

Tamu Dress
Tamu Dress
Tamu Dress
Tamu Dress

Doreen Mashika

Tamu Dress

$200
Mandarin Shirt Dress
Mandarin Shirt Dress
Mandarin Shirt Dress
Mandarin Shirt Dress

Studio 189

Mandarin Shirt Dress

$425
Fafi Off-the-shoulder Jacket
Fafi Off-the-shoulder Jacket
Fafi Off-the-shoulder Jacket
Fafi Off-the-shoulder Jacket
Fafi Off-the-shoulder Jacket

Emmy Kasbit

Fafi Off-the-shoulder Jacket

$230
Black Salma Clutch
Black Salma Clutch
Black Salma Clutch
Black Salma Clutch

New Tangier

Black Salma Clutch

$330


Photo: Sofia Guellaty. Courtesy of Sofia Guellaty



Selly Raby Kane 

Senegal

A key figure within Senegal’s cultural and creative spheres, fashion designer and artist Selly Raby Kane is a true original. Through her eponymous label, the Dakar-based creator delivers an experimental confluence of art and fashion, expressing her own personal truth through the creation of collections that speaks to a deep reverence for the city that she calls home. Bold prints, woven embellishment, and strong colors all come out to play, with striking appliqué work and rebellious silhouettes providing touches of whimsy to her garment. According to Kane, the energy, history, and culture of Dakar inspire everything she creates, an assertion that blooms from many of her projects. Her 2017 Virtual Reality short film The Other Dakar served as a tribute to Senegalese mythology and other stories that make up the cultural fabric of the city, while the work she created for IKEA (in 2019, she was selected as one of the first of ten creatives from the continent to design for the Swedish homeware giant) was an ode to the rituals of hair braiding that form part of her heritage and culture. Kane’s personal style, unsurprisingly, is fearless and eclectic. Uninhibited by any adherence to trends, her fashion choices lean toward the avant-garde and fantastical, a thread of humor and lightness running through every one.


Photo: Selly Raby Kane, by Omar Viktor Diop.


Tell us about your dream gift. 

My dream Christmas gift would be to retrieve the VHS of my 11th birthday. Busta Rhymes had an album out and it was blasting in my grandmother’s house. My brother and his friends were DJ’ing, and I’m pretty sure I could find a lot of fashion statements to blackmail my childhood friends with.


What’s the best/most memorable gift you’ve ever received?

The entire tomes of Rumi’s Masnavi.


What pieces would you snag for yourself from Industrie Africa?

I would spoil myself with a piece from NKWO. I love their work and the vibe that comes out of their pieces: an element of freedom, purpose, and poised boldness. 


What pieces would you snag for another from Industrie Africa?

I would spoil a loved one anything from Orange Culture because everybody needs one!


shop Selly's Picks

Ifunanya Draped White Shirt
Ifunanya Draped White Shirt
Ifunanya Draped White Shirt
Ifunanya Draped White Shirt
Ifunanya Draped White Shirt
Ifunanya Draped White Shirt

Orange Culture

Ifunanya Draped White Shirt

$200
Indigo Knot Shirt
Indigo Knot Shirt
Indigo Knot Shirt
Indigo Knot Shirt
Indigo Knot Shirt

NKWO

Indigo Knot Shirt

$201
Sweet Knot Skirt
Sweet Knot Skirt
Sweet Knot Skirt
Sweet Knot Skirt
Sweet Knot Skirt

NKWO

Sweet Knot Skirt

$245
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


Fisayo Longe

Nigeria

A quintessential millennial fashion star, British-Nigerian blogger-turned-designer Fisayo Longe’s Instagram is an online distillation of her effortlessly cool personal style, and it was through utilizing the reach that comes with social media platforms like it that she translated her fun, color-drenched dress sense into a flourishing ready-to-wear label called Kai Collective. Boasting an ethos that celebrates the female form in all its diversity, and the same kind of unabashed vibrance that dominates Longe’s own personal style, the label’s girly frocks, flattering fits, and vivid colors garnered a place in the pages of Elle magazine’s September 2020 issue, where it was worn by model Adwoa Aboah. But it was the brand’s 2020 drop of a piece called the Gaia Dress that all but broke the internet. A sheer, figure-hugging creation with brilliant shades swirling upon it in a hypnotic, marble-like pattern, it’s been seen on the likes of rapper Saweetie and singer Tiwa Savage, and has even spawned the hashtag #GaiaTakeOver, leaving its designer with something of an anomaly: a brand that hit it big during a pandemic.

 Tell us about your dream gift.

I would love a trip to a sunny country. Blue skies and clear waters, great food, and my whole family in a stunning beachfront villa. 


What’s the best/most memorable gift you’ve ever received?

My favourite gift was a video my best friends made for me for my 28th birthday where they all got together—wearing Kai Collective, my clothing brand—and did a little performance for me, telling me how I make them feel. I’m not sure any gift could ever top that!


What piece would you snag for yourself from Industrie Africa?

I love the high neck Lisa Folawiyo top! High neck tops are just my thing, I wear them all the time. I would also love the Christie Brown Corset Dress.


What piece would you snag for another from Industrie Africa?

I love the Crystal Birch Fanta-Sea Hat. It is such a statement piece that I think would really suit one of my friends!


Shop Fisayo's Picks

Antique Baroque High-Neck Top
Antique Baroque High-Neck Top
Antique Baroque High-Neck Top
Antique Baroque High-Neck Top

Lisa Folawiyo

Antique Baroque High-Neck Top

$418
Fit and Flare Corset Dress
Fit and Flare Corset Dress
Fit and Flare Corset Dress

Christie Brown

Fit and Flare Corset Dress

$285
Leo Bolero
Leo Bolero
Leo Bolero
Leo Bolero

Crystal Birch

Leo Bolero

$65


Photo: Fisayo Longe. Courtesy of Fisayo Longe



Meryanne Loum-Martin

Morocco

A paragon of good taste, Meryanne Loum-Martin—a Parisian of Senegalese and West Indian descent—is the woman behind the creation (from the ground up) of one of Marrakech’s finest showcases of architectural magic and opulent decor: Jnane Tamsna, a boutique hotel situated in the Red City’s Palmeraie. Having relocated from Paris to Morocco in 1985, she and her husband set about creating a holistic hospitality experience that, through every aspect of its physical form, connected the visitor to an authentic cultural experience of the country. Loum-Martin’s singular eye for interior design and architecture, as well as her ethnobotanist husband’s passion for indigenous vegetation, has resulted in a boutique space that sits upon 9-acres of rich and diverse greenery (much of the food served at the hotel is grown in the garden); the dreamy space is a fusion of rich, earthy shades and boast a carefully curated design aesthetic inspired by various cultures—including those of Turkey, North India, and West Africa—that speaks to the nomadic spirit. The only black hotelier in the city, Loum-Martin’s recently released book, Inside Marrakesh, published by Rizzoli, offers a peek into the carefully curated world of her hotel, as well as a glimpse of the other sites and interiors that have cemented Marrakesh as a design destination. Her own style choices often feel as if they’re a reflection of the aesthetic of her hotels: baubles of varying shapes and sizes sit side by side, practical and breathable fabrics dominate, and joyful, optimistic shades shine brightly. Like the objects that fill her hotel, Loum-Martin turns to statement pieces that tell a story, and timeless garments that never go out of style.


Photo: Meryanne Loum-Martin. Courtesy of Meryanne Loum-Martin


Tell us about your dream gift. 

A dream is to offer to very chic friends who always use famous European brands the opportunity to discover African brands which I find by far more interesting. I simply adore Femi Handbags, so for a Parisian lawyer friend I’d get the Maxi Tote, for a London friend, who is more of a lady who lunches, the Khokho Collection Lindi Minaudière. For myself, a dream would be both the Maxi Tote and the Khokho Collection Ball Bag. I also love the Okapi Small Brilliant Green Yemaja


What’s the best/most memorable gift you’ve ever received?

A Pomellato ring.


What pieces would you snag for yourself from Industrie Africa?


I would get the Christie Brown Peacock Midi Coat


What pieces would you snag for another from Industrie Africa?

I would spoil my daughter with Studio189’s Green Aggie Crop Top and the Alicia Skirt, as well as the Crossroads Mermaid Skirt, which should pair well with the Loza Maleombho Koh Sandals. For others, I’d pick Adele Dejak’s Margaret Bangle or Ami Doshi Shah’s Collar Necklace, and also her Quartz Torque Necklace.  


Shop Meryanne's picks

Green Aggie Crop Top
Green Aggie Crop Top
Green Aggie Crop Top
Green Aggie Crop Top

Studio 189

Green Aggie Crop Top

$125
Green Aggie Alicia Skirt
Green Aggie Alicia Skirt
Green Aggie Alicia Skirt
Green Aggie Alicia Skirt

Studio 189

Green Aggie Alicia Skirt

$625
Quartz Torque Necklace
Quartz Torque Necklace
Quartz Torque Necklace

Ami Doshi Shah

Quartz Torque Necklace

$375
Lindi Minaudière in Dusk
Lindi Minaudière in Dusk
Lindi Minaudière in Dusk
Lindi Minaudière in Dusk

Khokho Collection

Lindi Minaudière in Dusk

$385


Flaviana Matata

Tanzania

Tanzanian model Flaviana Matata has enjoyed an illustrious career walking the runways for major brands and designers such as Jason Wu and Vivienne Westwood. And though you may have spotted her on the pages of Vogue embodying couture gowns and high fashion looks. Matata’s off-duty style is definitely more casual, with the former beauty queen appearing to prioritise comfort above all else. With her tall, lean frame, she pulls off classic tailoring and clean lines with aplomb, and despite the relaxed air of her everyday style arsenal, there’s an unmistakable sophistication to her looks, perhaps it's due to her charisma and grace that’s served her as a model, or perhaps its inherent refinement that’s emphasised by her style choices. Whatever the case, there’s an aura of poise she lends even to a simple sneaker and mini-dress, or jeans and button-down combo, her partiality to simplicity, versatility and authenticity conveying a self-assured attitude toward everyday dressing.


Photo: Flaviana Matata. Via @flavianamatata


Tell us about your dream gift. 

I honestly have never thought of this as I value any gift no matter how small because at the end of the day, it’s the thought that matters.


What’s the best/most memorable gift you’ve ever received?

My Hermès Birkin bag will forever be that one memorable gift. I got it from one of my dear friends seven years ago, and hold it dearly.


What pieces would you snag for yourself from Industrie Africa?

The ZAAF Avalo Weekender bag as I have been eyeing for a weekend bag since my sister snatched mine last time I went home. I travel quite often for short trips so a bag like this is a necessity for me. I would also love the Taibo Bacar Embroidery Coat; it’s such a statement piece that i can wear over and over.


What pieces would you snag for another from Industrie Africa?

A gift card or two, that way I give the person the freedom to choose exactly what they want. Plus I am such a lazy shopper, hahaha!


shop flaviana's picks

Avalo Weekender
Avalo Weekender
Avalo Weekender
Avalo Weekender
Avalo Weekender

ZAAF

Avalo Weekender

$410
Kabrousse Weekender
Kabrousse Weekender
Kabrousse Weekender
Kabrousse Weekender
Kabrousse Weekender
Kabrousse Weekender

Bouswari

Kabrousse Weekender

$400
Red Mandevo Street Pajama
Red Mandevo Street Pajama
Red Mandevo Street Pajama

Taibo Bacar

Red Mandevo Street Pajama

$391
Embroidery Coat
Embroidery Coat
Embroidery Coat
Embroidery Coat
Embroidery Coat

Taibo Bacar

Embroidery Coat

$352


Nana Mensah

Ghana

An established screen and stage actor (her performance in a 2017 production of Man From Nebraska earned her a nomination for a Lucille Lortel Award, which honors Off-Broadway excellence), director, and writer, the Ghanaian-American Nana Mensah’s personal style embraces the archetypal New York “cool girl” aesthetic, her easy-going, practical city uniform one that’s a balance between sensible and playful. Never one to shy away from bright colors or mesmerising prints, the relentlessly ambitious performer—whom you may have spotted in the film The King of Staten Island or Netflix’s hit show 13 Reasons Why—pulls off both statement making garments and accessories, as well as casual basics with equal ease, demonstrating an affinity for both drama, and practical versatility. A fan of pairing vintage designer items with African-inspired modern pieces (Christie Brown and Osei Duro are a couple of her favorite designers from the continent), the actor once revealed that her style tendency is to outwardly contradict with how she feels inside, telling platform M.M.LaFleur’s editorial platform The M Dash in 2015 that it’s when she’s feeling a little bit insecure that her dress sense tends to be more put together.


Photo: Nana Mensah. Courtesy of Nana Mensah


Tell us about your dream gift.

My dream gift is gathering my chosen family around a meticulously crafted meal I've been slaving over for a week or two. I love to cook and bake, and as I get older (and throughout this year in particular), I want to show love to my friends and family by giving freely of my time. I am also realizing what a precious gift it is to gather in good health and sound mind.


What’s the best/most memorable gift you’ve ever received?

The best gift I've ever received was a gift I gave to myself! I was in LA for work, and after a slew of stressful meetings, I booked myself in at a Korean day spa and indulged in a peaceful soak, followed by a massage and a full body scrub right before heading to the airport. I arrived at LAX calm (and well-moisturized!) for my overnight flight. 

   

What piece would you snag for yourself from Industrie Africa?

I like the drama of the Taibo Bacar Embroidery Coat, and I love the versatility of Diarrablu’s Salmon Pink Umy Jumpsuit.


What piece would you snag for another from Industrie Africa?

I would gift the Kahindo Dipo Print Bomber Jacket to all the Brooklyn women in my life, as it's got a lot of New York swag. I wear my pink Crystal Birch Mopane Visor everywhere during the summer—it suits any hairstyle while also blocking the sun, so I would definitely gift it to my natural haired girlfriends, as a reminder that we'll be able to meet up for a beach day again soon.


Shop Nana's picks

Salmon Umy Jumpsuit
Salmon Umy Jumpsuit
Salmon Umy Jumpsuit

Diarrablu

Salmon Umy Jumpsuit

$225
Embroidered Short-Sleeve Blazer
Embroidered Short-Sleeve Blazer
Embroidered Short-Sleeve Blazer
Embroidered Short-Sleeve Blazer

Christie Brown

Embroidered Short-Sleeve Blazer

$350
Dipo Print Bomber Jacket
Dipo Print Bomber Jacket
Dipo Print Bomber Jacket
Dipo Print Bomber Jacket

Kahindo

Dipo Print Bomber Jacket

$172


Thandiwe Muriu

Kenya

One of Kenya’s most accomplished young fashion photographers (she was recently shortlisted as one of the 10 emerging photographers by Photo London), Thandiwe Muriu uses her work to both celebrate and challenge global and local perceptions of Africa. Through her use of bright, primary colors, unusual perspectives and the incorporation of household items and other found objects, she communicates visual stories rich in cultural significance, her distinct aesthetic providing a dynamic backdrop for designer garments. Muriu began taking pictures at just 14 years old; the budding image maker would race home after school, pick up her camera and begin capturing whatever she saw. And though she began her professional career in marketing after graduation, the art of photography kept calling her back until eventually, she couldn't keep telling it ‘no’. Today, much of her work is an unapologetic, visual celebration of blackness, the striking prints and styling of her imagery having become her signature. As for her personal everyday style, it’s a toned down exercise in minimalism that’s practical enough for her to get the job done, while her space to experiment with colors, patterns, and form lies in photography.


Photo: Thandiwe Muriu. Courtesy of Thandiwe Muriu


Tell us about your dream gift.

Something that I can pass down to the generations after me. Maybe a beautiful piece of furniture that has a history behind it or intricate jewellery.


What’s the best/most memorable gift you’ve ever received?

A few years ago I received a gorgeous antique Afghan rug as a birthday gift. I love all the patterns, imperfections and colours on it. It's such a celebration of history and great craftsmanship and it feels wonderful underfoot.


What pieces would you snag for yourself from Industrie Africa?

I'm currently in love with Thalia Strates pieces, particularly the Iris Cross-Body Bag. As a photographer, I'm big on form and texture, and this bag has both. It's a stylish and versatile statement piece.


What pieces would you snag for another from Industrie Africa?

The Reform Studio Mini Afro Basket in Pink And Orange; what a fun bag and perfect for the festivities! I don't think anyone can object to a pop of color. But if I wanted to give something timeless, I'd go for Ami Doshi Shah's Verdigris Earrings. Such a classic, elegant pair of earrings!


Shop Thandiwe's Picks

Verdigris Earrings
Verdigris Earrings
Verdigris Earrings

Ami Doshi Shah

Verdigris Earrings

$200
Iris Cross-Body Bag
Iris Cross-Body Bag
Iris Cross-Body Bag
Iris Cross-Body Bag
Iris Cross-Body Bag
Iris Cross-Body Bag

Thalia Strates

Iris Cross-Body Bag

$440
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
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