Loving this fun collection from the London based label, Bombe Surprise.
Here's what the website stated about the new brand:
"STUDIO ONE EIGHTY NINE is a social enterprise created by Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah that consist of creatives that seeks to provide a platform to help promote and curate African and African-inspired content through an ecommerce shopping site, a supporting agency and an artisan produced fashion collection, called FASHION RISING COLLECTION, launched in support of V-Day's One BillionRising. We focus on creating opportunities for empowerment, education and employment of artisans and creatives."
When visiting New Orleans in October there was one boutique I was excited to visit, and that was Exodus Goods. Sadly, it was closed the day I was able to make it over to that area nestled on the outskirts of the French Quarter. So I didn't get to see the stylish goods I'd been hearing so much about — but thankfully they just launched their online store! Now we all get to see and purchase from this shop co-owned by the Okpo sisters (Darlene and Lizzy), Armina Musa, and Solange Knowles.
As I mentioned in this previous post, my style and wardrobe is very basic. I tend to stick to simple and classic pieces that can be mixed and matched as needed; like white tees, jeans, black skirts and dresses, and gray items to layer. Classic patterns, like stripes and dots, and textured knits add a little range, too.
Lately, I've been obsessed with and shopping at Loft, a retail brand that's helped me refine my style. It wasn't a destination store for me before, but recently I just happened to pop in to see what I could find for fall. With the pops of pattern and modern silhouettes, I quickly fell in love with their mix. From a textured coat-igan (picture at the top) paired with knit leggings, a white spotted collar tie top coupled-up with a leather skirt I've had for years, to a striped top over a black dress, I've been able to find items that fit nicely with my existing pieces. Loft is also perfect for petite sizes, which is great since finding the right fit can be a challenge for little ladies like me.
I highly recommend Loft if your style is fairly neutral, graphic, and fresh. If, like me, you prefer for your accessories to make a statement rather than your clothes (like shoes, jewelry, bags, or hair) then this is a brand for you. It's not super girly, edgy, or crazy trendy — although you can find some things that can add to that kind of look.
What about you? Is there a brand you're diggin' right now? One that is usually a win-win when you walk into the store or visit the online shop? Let me know!
*this is not a sponsored post
What I love most about Fly is highlighting amazing talent, products, fashion, art, and other goodies I come across in my day-to-day. Everything I share here is something I would purchase, or just a beautiful thing I feel you would love and enjoy as well. These gorgeous hand-crafted bags from A A K S are no different.
Over the summer I was peeking around IG and stumbled upon videos and photos of some A A K S bags in progress. I love woven raffia bags (the ones I collect are also known as kiondo bags) but had never seen them being made. Watching the videos of these lovely designs come to life instantly stopped me in my tracks.
The A A K S website just launched on November 3rd, yesterday, and I can't stop drooling over the entire collection. My favorite, though, is the Palma (pictured top left). It takes the look and feel of a basic kiondo but changes the scale and shape to make a lovely cross-body bag.
Akosua, the mind behind the brand, has an incredible eye, and I love the simple touches she incorporated into the photo styling. Beautiful!
What about you? Anything beautiful catching your eye lately?
I've been wanting some funky masculine flats for fall and was thrilled when I stumbled upon these lovely options. My daily style is pretty basic and neutral (tees and jeans), so patterned shoes are perfect to add a little flair. Like these hand-crafted shoes made from Ankara fabric from Tawia Designs (above).
The Ten and Co. oxfords pictured above are hand-made in morocco using leather and rugs or woven blankets. I love how colors and print add punch to the classic silhouette .
I've always been a fan of the sneaks from Ohema Ohene. The gold ones are magical!