AAKS/UNHCR/DESIGN FOR PEACE ARTISAN PROJECT

 
 

UNHCR / AAKS/ DESIGN FOR PEACE

DESIGN ASSISTANT INTERNSHIP

February through July 2017

 

 Ghana and Burkina Faso

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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) /Akosua Afriyie-Kumi (AAKS) and Design for Peace (DFP) are looking for a Design Assistant Intern to join our team. The Design Assistant will assist with design and research, technical drawings and creating three-dimensional prototypes of a home interior product with artisanal groups in Ghana and Burkina Faso. He or She will work closely with the creative director of AAKS in Ghana through the conception of the design project and later travel to Burkina Faso to work on handmade home interior prototypes with artisanal group on a unique project set by the UNHCR and DFP.

 He/She will gain an invaluable experience of working in a small international design company in two different countries while learning about the fields of design, production and international development.

 

Candidate Profile:

   Textile/ Fashion Student or Graduate

   Knowledge of contemporary fashion design, trends, basketry, embroidery and hand made products.

   Efficiency in conception of design project to its manifestation

   Knowledge and interest in Africa, women’s empowerment and artisans.

   High-energy team player with a willingness to pitch in wherever needed

  •  Strong organisational skills and attention-to-detail

   Quick learner and problem-solver

   Crafty-ness a big plus!

   English/French proficiency

   Ability to adapt to new cultures and simple living conditions

   Computer skills Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator (Highly recommended)

 

Expected Projects:

Design and research into key trends and ideas

Assist in specification drawings

Work alongside artisans to develop design prototypes in Burkina Faso and Ghana

 

Dates: February through July 2017

 

PAID (Stipend) 6 Months Internship

 

Application Instructions: To apply, please email info@aaksonline.com with: (a) name of specific internship in the subject line (b) your CV, (c) a thoughtful cover letter. 

AAKS X INDEGO AFRICA COLLABORATION

 

We are so excited to announce our partnership with New York - based sustainable lifestyle brand Indego Africa. We created three exclusive bags in calmer colour ways for the everyday woman to tote around the little and big essentials. View the full collection and shop all bags here.

 

A A K S POP UP STORE ACCRA

 

Join us at the exclusive Pop-Up Shop of the inconic African brand AAKS handcrafted as it presents a capsule collection of African handmade accessories this summer.

3rd June: 6pm - 10pm  
Opening Night with Drinks and Collection Viewing

4th June: 2pm - 5pm
Bracelets/ Tassel Weaving Workshop for mothers, children and adults interested in learning how to weave little items for fun. 

8th June: 6 - 8pm
Tapestry Weaving Workshop for individuals who want to use their hand skills to create a small piece to hang at home.

10th June: Closing Night Party with Drinks 6pm - 10pm

Location:
Crystal Homes Cantoments, 
Cantonments, Accra
(Near Togo Embassy)
Ghana

General Opening Times: 10AM - 7PM Everyday. 

See you there, Its going to be fabulously fashionable!

Sponsored by Design Network Africa

 

WELCOME TO AAKS HOME WITH ELLE DECORATION MAGAZINE SA

 

We are delighted to be featured in the latest issue of Elle Decoration #IdeasIssue this month of April 2016. Read our full interview in the magazine on stands now! 

elledecoration.co.za

 

HELLO TO OUR NEWEST STOCKIST > URBAN OUTFITTERS!

 

We are delighted to have an exclusive selection of our AAKS raffia bags stocked by Urban Outfitters in Europe and USA. Working on an exciting new colour way of our best sellers for the  launch of Urban Outfitters 's Spring Summer 2016 collections was momentous. The bags collections consists of our AAKS Manni Mini Black Raffia Shoulder BagAAKS Manni Mini Purple Raffia Shoulder Bag, AAKS Sese Tote BagAAKS Pins Mini Bucket Bag and the AAKS Manni Purple Raffia Shoulder Bag.

View and shop our collection both in stores and online here.

To see our full list of stores in your country go this way

 

 

FASHION REVOLUTION

We have exclusively written a blog post for Fashion Revolution to coincide with the new 2016 #IMadeYourClothes Campaign. Our creative director Akosua Afriyie-Kumi has been the Ghana country coordinator for Fashion Revolution global campaign since April 2015. She has spear headed the campaign alongside 87 countries worldwide and hope to take it to greater heights this year. Join in and lets ask brands #WhoMadeMyClothes and brands to tell customers #IMadeYourClothes ! 

WGSN

We are excited to be featured by WGSN as one of their favourite brands of the month, December 2015. 
“I’ve normally got my eye on womenswear and so key accessories brands always pop up on my Instagram feed, I spotted this designer who has created these vibrant coloured handweaved handbags and I love them,” says Laura Yiannakou, Womenswear Associate Editor

ELLE SA

With the goal of introducing the world to the weaving techniques done by the women of Ghana, Ghanaian native Akosua Afriyie-Kumi moved to Ghana in pursuit of her fashion dream. Today she is the creative director of her own luxury, handmade accessories brand A A K S, which is not only capturing international attention but is also providing sustainable employment for African women. Elle gets to know Afriyie-Kumi a little bit better here . . . .