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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

GALLERY: Meet the 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom

The luxury carmaker’s new version of the Rolls-Royce Phantom has been described as “a powerful statement of design, engineering and bespoke expertise” by Peter Schwarzenbauer, chairman of Rolls-Royce and BMW Group board member.

The new Phantom has several technological features, including an alertness assistant, four-camera system with panoramic view, all-round visibility (including helicopter view), night vision and vision assist, active cruise control, collision warning, pedestrian warning, cross-traffic warning, a 7×3 high-resolution head-up display, Wi-Fi hotspot and the latest navigation and entertainment systems.

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Under the hood, the car boasts a host…
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GALLERY: Meet the 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom

Luxury brand Gucci launches travel app

In a world where legacy brands strive to remain innovative and top-of-mind in an ever-changing consumer world, Italian luxury brand Gucci, which first launched in 1921, has released a travel app.

In the wake of the Louis Vuitton travel app, which shares city guides from selected journalists, special guests and influencers from major cities such as New York, Paris, Tokyo and Sao Paulo, Gucci is now set to launch Gucci Places.

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The app, set to launch in September, will highlight destinations and places of interest around the world that…
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Luxury brand Gucci launches travel app