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MaXhosa x Nelson Makamo tapestry collaboration

Laduma Ngxokolo, founder of Xhosa-inspired luxury knitwear brand Maxhosa and celebrated visual artist Nelson Makamo have collaborated on a tapestry project, Ngxokolo shared on Instagram on 11 June.

The duo, who are well-established in their respective fields both locally and abroad, combined their skills to create a tapestry project that celebrated their crafts.

In the social media post, Makamo wrote: “We are the patrons of #culture”, alongside with an image of the two showcasing a tapestry, while Ngxokolo took to Instagram page to share the same image with the caption “A #MAXHOSA X @nelsonmakamo tapestry collaboration.”

Having had solo and group…
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MaXhosa x Nelson Makamo tapestry collaboration

NEW MONTBLANC COLLECTION SURE TO TURN HEADS

At the Montblanc Black & White Week 2018 that took place at the African Pride Hotel in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, the luxury brand showcased an extensive range of timepieces, writing instruments, jewellery and luggage offerings from its new collection.

Present was the brand’s first and newly appointed MD for Africa, Alain Dos Santos, who welcomed guests and media in attendance, before they were treated to a sneak peek at the brand’s new designs. The premium brand, known for timeless sophistication and elegance, has produced pieces in keeping with the standards it is renowned for maintaining.

Available at the four Montblanc boutiques across the country, our…
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NEW MONTBLANC COLLECTION SURE TO TURN HEADS

MOYO: THE HEART OF TANZANIA

Dar es Salaam is a boiling pot of the cultures of those who have settled here over the centuries. These settlers included Arabs, Indians and those from other African nations – all of whom brought their religions, cultures and culinary traditions with them.

The city’s fashion and food are testament to this fusion. You’ll see Muslim women wearing bright African fabrics and samoosas being enjoyed by everyone regardless of creed or colour.

It’s this eclecticism that inspired Ayesha Mawji to start Moyo, which means “heart” in Swahili. “I am Tanzanian and therefore very much influenced by Swahili culture, but I also…
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MOYO: THE HEART OF TANZANIA

These African visual artists should be on your radar

Trevor Stuurman

South African entrepreneur and visual artist Stuurman is no stranger to the creative world. He has worked with numerous brands and leading fashion houses. Stuurman’s work often embodies Africa’s cultural heritage; he recently released a series of images, caputuring the spirit and energy of the Black Panther blockbuster.

MaXhosa’s Laduma Ngxokolo commissioned by MoMA, New York

Laduma Ngxokolo, renowned fashion designer and founder of sought-after knitwear brand MaXhosa, continues to transcend boundaries, both locally and beyond our shores. He’s been commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art in New York to provide a piece for its exhibition Is Fashion Modern?

Ngxokolo took to Instagram to announce the news. Other international brands that will feature include Levi’s 501 jeans, Converse All Stars and Nike.

“Got commissioned by @themuseumofmodernart to create a modern example of what I think the future holds for the prominent Aran knit that originated in the late 1800s in Ireland, among 100 fashion pieces,” Ngxokolo wrote.

The exhibition will be…
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MaXhosa’s Laduma Ngxokolo commissioned by MoMA, New York

First Diamonds: A bejewelled African odyssey

Be it an unforgettable memory or a life-changing experience, travelling to Africa will always see one leaving with a piece of it. In the heart of Cape Town lies First Diamonds, a boutique jewellery studio where travellers and true connoisseurs of bespoke jewellery can find their timeless piece of the continent.

The diamond merchant – with decades worth of experience in the local and international diamond trade – believes that the gems are far more than stones, but “a glittering beacon of celebration”. It is in this spirit that the brand celebrates the vibrant colours of…
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First Diamonds: A bejewelled African odyssey