Wednesday, December 4, 2013
I rarely post images of myself on the blog. It's just not that kind of blog. I only just the other day found out what #OOTD is. But anyway, it's been a year of extreme highs and considerable lows, and every conceivable feeling in between, and this image captures (without intending to) how I feel about things as it all comes to a head - irreverent optimism. That makes sense, right? Things work out in the end whether you try really, really hard, or just try a little; it's the spirit in which you face it all that counts.
I bought my t-shirt at Disneyland Paris in, like, 1997.
Image courtesy of Barbara Minishi Photography
Monday, December 2, 2013
|Design hero & tour guide extraordinaire Steve with Mbithi|
The Roost, Hackney
|Terrence Sambo (aka OneNigerianBoy)|
|Manifest, Mbithi, Hackney streets|
|Family portrait: Annabel, Mbithi, Favour, and Manifest (Terrence & Fui missing)|
London (the East End) was THE BEST. All of it was dope - from the factory tour at Squint on the Shoreditch High Street, to the Old Spitalfields Market (excitement headache over all the vintage stuff), to all the random awesomeness around Brick Lane.
The Futures Company and the DIAGEO team and their associates were unbelievably cool to get to know, unbelievably cool to work with, and everyone we met on the project showed us some proper African hospitality (and were very gracious about being stuck with us at The Roost for all those days). THANK-YOU guys! Working with you opened my mind to possibilities that my usual grind doesn't allow me to conceive. The Ace (Hotel) in Shoreditch and its staff are too cool for school, will make it back there for sure.
#GuinnessInfluencers (Mbithi, Terrence, Favour, Manifest, and Fui) - you guys are the truth.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Friday, November 29, 2013
"The Festival for African Fashion and Arts (FAFA) was set-up in 2008 during the post-election violence in Kenya. It was envisioned as an event that would bring people together to promote a message of unity and peace. FAFA 2013 is a celebration of Kenya at 50. A celebration of Kenyan heroes in design, sport, business and technology. Past FAFA Gala events have included designers such as Nigeria’s Tiffany Amber, Senegal’s Mame Faguèye Bâ, Tanzania’s Mustafa Hassanali, Ghana’s Kofi Ansah, Ethiopia’s Mosaique, Uganda’s Arapapa, Zanzibar’s Doreen Mashika and South Africa’s Thula Sindi."
"21st November 2013, saw FAFA Kenya raise Kenyan fashion a notch higher in London all for a worthy cause during the ‘Wherever The Need’ Charity dinner. Hosted at Victoria Embankment Gardens, London, the charity dinner successfully raised a total of £80,000 (KSH 11 200 000) proceeds going to a water & conservation projects in Laikipia, Kenya.
The FAFA show was the highlight of the evening with six designers showcasing their collections, and Ajuma Nasanyana being feted as Guest of Honour. Jamil Walji, opened the show with a splash of vibrant colours and bold prints in yellow, black, pink and red. He was followed by a denim men’s wear collection by Anna Adero, then a conceptual collection by Katungulu Mwendwa of sculptural 3D forms mixed with flowing jersey, all in blacks, greys and whites. Nick Ondu's lively prints mixed with plains, followed by KikoRomeo's dramatic hand painted red silk gowns and capes. Kooroo closed the show with an exquisite collection of laser cut silks and suedes in soft purples and silver."
All images courtesy of Joseph Hunwick, makeup by Saima Rashid.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
So I'm in London this week, staying at the très trendy Ace Hotel in Shoreditch. Grey, industrial minimalism is the overall feeling, but there's art and bicycles scattered everywhere, and quirky add-ons like a photo booth in the lobby. Everything is very cool and artsy. My room (which is blissful!) has a mural, a turntable with vintage records for my personal enjoyment, and an artfully presented mini bar that's not-so-mini. It's cold outside, but I'm gonna love it here.
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Monday, November 25, 2013
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Yesterday marked the launch of The Spa Hemingways. Attached to the colonial-influenced architecture and design of the newly-constructed Hemingways Hotel Nairobi in the leafy suburban neighbourhood of Karen, is this spa that carries that same mood and theme. With its plantation-like opulence, Lamu-carved doors, gigantic Indonesian lampshades and carvings, fresh-cut flowers at every turn, earthy ambiance, and gentle-looking staff floating around, Hemingways Spa is therapeutic luxury as best as you could define it in East Africa. Here, a snapshot:
|The more than delightful Katy Whitfield, Hemingways Spa Manager|
|Stylists reunited over cocktails: Wambui Kibue, Wambui Thimba, and me.|
Find The Spa Hemingways on Marula Lane in Karen, Nairobi, or contact Spa Manager Katy Whitfield at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info on this dreamy city retreat.