For our one-year anniversary since official opening, Aristide Loua, our founder and creative director, opens up about the Kente Gentlemen brand, its values and journey thus far.
Derrière Les Nuages, 2018, a short film directed by Dadi.
Nuits Balnéaires x BTendance Magazine - March Issue
The artist paints the cloth using a specially fermented mud-based and natural vegetal pigment (each element is grown, produced, or mined locally) that darkens over time, and the designs are usually drawn on using a stencil. Read more ++
In Côte d'Ivoire, the fabric is affectionately called "pagne Baoulé". The textile clearly finds its name and roots from the Baoulé, Akan people of Côte d’Ivoire, but is more so originating from the 16th century Ashanti Kingdom, which empire stretched from present-day countries of Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire. Read more ++
Imagine a place, lost in the tropical wilderness along the coast of the Gulf of Guinea, that's been home to fishermen and farmers who have built generations of customs and traditions on the shores of two waters: lagoon and sea. This all sounds like an enchanted and secret land, something you’d see in the “The Beach” film, starring Leonardo Dicaprio; yet, this very land is true. Read more ++