LAGOS FASHION AND DESIGN WEEK, nigeria

 

I had the pleasure of presenting my work during the first edition of LFDW X Red Door Gallery, a new design event brought by Style House Files and Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week (LFDW) – a leading event on the African fashion calendar. It was held at the beautiful Red Door Gallery in Lagos. Founded in 2011, this fashion platform showcases the work of emerging Nigerian designers, bringing together buyers, consumers and the media.

This year, the main theme was Identity, and as the only designer from outside Nigeria I was honoured to bring a little bit of my Ghanaian heritage to the table.  This event was also a great opportunity to gain more visibility in the country while meeting with some of their most talented designers such as Lisa Folawiyo, Maki Oh, Orange Culture, and shoe designer Shem Paronelli to only name a few.

Attending events across the continent is always a very enriching experience. More than a simple fashion event, the platform is created by Style House Files, and founded by Omoyemi Akerele is a new rendez-vous not to be missed for emerging brands in Nigeria and dedicated to design.

I made new friends, clients and stockists such as Alara and of course new AAKS aficionados. Despite my short stay, I took advantage of this trip to get lost in the bustling streets of Lagos and discovered some amazing places such as Lekki Market. 

Needless to say that I am looking forward to my next visit to Nigeria!

Akosua

Photography by Lagos Design Week Team, Ginikachi Eloka and Akosua Afriyie-Kumi

Words by Neith Assogbavi 

 

AAKS and UNHCR ARTISAN PROJECT burkina faso

 
 

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) and Akosua Afriyie-Kumi (AAKS) are looking for a Design Assistant Intern to join our team. The Design Assistant will assist with design, research, technical drawings and creating three-dimensional prototypes of a home interior product with artisanal groups in 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 groups on a unique project set by the UNHCR. 

 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!

   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

 

Dates: February through July 2017

 

PAID 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