That shop with the great leather bags
It has been yet another month since my last post, but I am still here. I have just been a tad busy lately with my various projects that I cannot seem to get away from. For now though, I thought I would share a little bit on one of the projects I have been working on which, in my humble opinion, has been a great success. I say because it is never about me, it is about the wonderfully creative women (and men) who work tirelessly to produce some of the most fabulous items toenter throughthe doors of some of London luxury retailers. What I love most about Danaqa is their dedication to working mostly with women led businesses in developing countries across Asia and Africa. Their latest additions (part of the project that has kept me busy) are from two wonderful ladies based in Zimbabwe who have designed specifically for the Danaqa brand; a jeweller, whose passion and vision is to create wearable art, and a leather handbag designer whose creations aremostly inspired by traditional art, culture and materials that are locally available.
Taona by Mona Ceramic Jewellery
The first artist is actually a dear friend of mine that I met 8 years ago in Melbourne, Australia. Mona Nduku established Taona by Mona Ceramic Jewellery in 2010. A graduate fromthe Gemmological Institute of America with a Diploma in JewelleryManufacturing Arts, Mona is absolutely passionate about using locally sourced products to produce world class creations that she hopes one day will changepeople’s lives by creating jobs in designing, manufacturing and marketing in her beloved Zimbabwe.
Carefully painting each ceramic bead
And her pieces are very unique as she has used dainty ceramic beadsinsteadof semi precious stones which gives her the freedom to design in all shapes, colours and sizes. She sent me photos throughout her production process.
Mona has created some wearable art with meaning, even with the name of her busines prada handbags s, she adds,
TAONA means “ENLIGHTENED”. I believe that people with skillsthey are passionate about and have made a living from have been given those gifts to enlighten and change the communityaround them.
Herintroductoryrange is available now at Danaqa, but you will need to hurry as there are only 12 pieces left for grabs.
Suede lined Danaqa satchel by Bet M. Alem
The next designer launching at Danaqa is Betty Attfield, founder director of Bet M. Alem luxury leather bags. Danaqa said this about Betty when her Bet M. Alem creations for Danaqa came in,
Bet M. Alem loves mixing classic, sophisticated design with the personality that Africa offers. Mi prada handbags xing traditional African cloths with rich, luxurious leather Bet M. Alem bags are as wonderfully contrasting as Zimbabwe, the country where the pieces are made. Bet M. Alem are the creations of a young, African designer, that utilised all of the resources around, whilst providing training, employment and skill in a country that is in desperate need for all of those resources.
Betty started designing Bet M. Alem products in October 2006 and has experience from the Spanish, Vietnamese and Nigerian markets where she lived previously. It is no wonder with all her experience that Betty has designed one of Danaqa first logobranded bags.
Flap Danaqa Logo Leather bag by Bet M. Alem
She is now based in Harare, Zimbabwe
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What inspires her designs? Betty says
My products are mostly inspired by traditional art, culture and materials that are locally available.
African Cloth Shoulder Bag by Bet M. Alem only at Danaqa
As you get an intimate look at her designs, and if you have a true eye for the diversity that African design brings, you will find not only Zimbabwean influence, but accents of Ethiopian and East African culture within her designs.
Now I will not tell y prada handbags ou again to hurry, Bet M. Alem for Danaqa bags are selling fast and the last I checked (this past Sunday), there were only 9 bags left!