Among the myriad of wax print designs and fabrics, which have effectively been marketed and sold across the African continent for decades now, it’s easy for anyone to get lost into what is perceived to be African fashion.
There’s surely a lot of misconceptions out there about what is meant by “African Fashion”. What even qualifies a style, a trend, a fashion, to legitimately be called African?
“African Fashion” is for all of us to discover; it is too expansive to narrowly be defined, and it does not need to be. In fact, fashion in Africa encompasses a multitude of traditions, cultures, textures, forms, techniques and philosophies, all primarily handwoven; thus far removed from the confines of a single story. Its plurality, interwoven by a seamless mystery makes it all truly poetic, colorful, and enchanting.
That’s my approach: to mold a sustainable balance of color, poetry, and culture; well before infusing that industry into each design. Hence, the African identity, which we proudly espouse, remains consistent in the continuing research, discovery, (re)design, and use of local textiles.
I for one fell in love with the ever so iconic Kente cloth. And I haven't looked back since.
Creative Director - Founder.
Where kente cloth varies in design and patterns, Aristide Loua fittingly draws inspiration from poetry, cultures and colors.
His men's tailoring draws a sharp, modern silhouette with just the right dose of panache, courtesy of pink or blue vertical stripes.
More Life - More Poetry
We do understand and respect the historic nature of such an elegant craftsmanship; as we also believe that the fabric should be celebrated and worn in our modern era, without it just being deemed as, or simply relegated to a "traditional" standard or setting.
The textile does live with our time. The techniques, used in making it by hand, are quite ingenious and timeless. The designs are exquisite and edgy. The colors are pure and sustainable.
We truly feel honored to directly work and collaborate with the artisans that provide us with the primary ressource: the handwoven fabric; as we find purpose in contributing to the local economy, even in the smallest of ways. As so, long live this timeless tradition.
For every season, there’s a great deal of pain and sorrow, solitude and Sodade. Soon enough the days of healing, truce and solace will come forth. And Lord, would they overflow and overwhelm us with love and happiness. I personally find peace in reading this very poetry, that is life. And to that, I sincerely say: more life, more poetry.
Sodade is a collection which reflects on the similarities between colors and emotions.
Each color is an emotion. Blue represents hope. Pink, romance. Yellow, happiness. And the dark color speaks for sorrow, or despair. Sometimes I feel a bit of romance, a drop of poetry, when I feel so much hope for a bright future. Other times, I rejoice in happiness, even when my soul drowns in an ocean of sorrow. And this last contrast of emotions can be reflected in a suit jacket, all in dark color, but with the flaps of the pockets and the lining are rather in bright yellow color.
I try to normalize, accept and feel every emotion as they come. It's good to feel things as they are.