Monday, April 27, 2015

LEATHAFREEK: Kenyan Fashion Suppliers Series

So LeathaFreek debuts this series on Kenyan Fashion Suppliers. Looking at what they have to offer I must say their leather shoes and bags make me want to grab some for myself and my man!!!! They are that good and that funky. They certainly have a voice and bring something necessary to the fashion sphere in Kenya. I must say they are truly professional, when I approached them to do this series their response was prompt , organized and detailed. I really respect that. More than that they have a clear vision of who they are, what they have to offer and what their target market is; key ingredients that will ensure they will take this continent by storm.

So below is LeathaFreek in their own words:
LeathaFreek was founded in 2014, July 21st in Nairobi Kenya as a Partnership Company under Obell J. Humphrey and Daniel M. Makonga. LeatherFreek's Vision is to become an influential representative of a strong African fashion brand on the global fashion market.
LeathaFreek’s source of inspiration is derived from the belief that everyone is their own designer and  each person has  the unique ability to create what will truly satisfy them. Therefore, they feel deeply responsible to bring that out of them.

About the designers

Obell J. Humphrey
Obell strongly believes in the ability of human mind to achieve what it conceives, without any limitations to educational levels. He therefore urges that everyone should be given an opportunity to design and define their own fashion in a unique way that squarely fits their personality so as to realize maximum satisfaction. In person the designer, tends to find fascination in sophistication and originality in simplicity.Therefore, finding it thrilling working with co-designer and director Daniel to achieve their shared vision in building the LeathaFreek brand.

Daniel M. Makonga
Daniel is a picky designer disturbed with the need to find elegance in simplicity and portray that to the world. He also strongly believes that Africa harbors a youth full of innovation and passionate creativity unfortunately shunned by world trends. With Leathafreek and amazing co-designer and director Humphrey, he intends to change Africa's corrupt view of fashion and turn Africa into an influential fashion statement.

Target Market:
We mostly target the middle and high-end clientele, who have a burning desire for originality and who appreciate the African heritage. We accommodate people of all ages since our products are very dynamic.

To contact LeathaFreek, Check out their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter

Monday, March 23, 2015

Fitted Maxi Skirt Style

Hard to tell looking at me, but at one time in my life dresses and skirts were repulsive to me! My poor mother was at her wits ends as her one and only daughter insisted in dressing like a tomboy. I recall once, my dad drove past me not realizing that the figure in baggy pants, oversize sweatshirt and beanie hat was his daughter. The long maxi skirts are back in fashion and I am giddy with delight as this was the style that transitioned me from the tomboy style to the feminine style.

Nairobi is awash with these long fitted skirts as well as the midi versions. I love the neon and printed versions of these skirts. I finally went against my no clothes shopping for 6 months rule to get two pairs in neon hues. I love how these skirts provide full coverage while still showcasing the curves we so love to flaunt :)

Below are various ways to rock these skirts:
This is like in my wishlist. The ruching on the hips area and the color makes this skirt so cool. I like that the top is not a full crop top just giving a teasing glimpse of the belly.
Ruched side slit maxi skirt with a knotted Tee.
This is perfect for a more dressy or official look for a maxi dress. The animal print shirt works so well with the bright colored skirt. The belt ties the two perfectly


Leather maxi skirt with a high front slit.

Poncho Top, Pencil Skirt and Wrap

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Feb 2015 Swap: Review

I held this year's first swap and I must say it was a roaring success in my books. For me the swap is an opportunity for ladies to come update their closets while also editing out what no longer suit them. Secondary to that is  to meet other ladies that they would not meet if it were not for that event hence a networking opportunity in a relaxed environment that does not have that forced familiarity that we all hate. Thirdly is to have a fun afternoon or evening from their usual hectic schedules.

This swap was an open swap meaning I did not set a limit on the number of items the participants had to bring . That actually worked out to ensure we got a variety of items that made the event a success. The group of ladies that came were mostly new to each other but they had such an open mind and positive attitude that one would have thought they were life long friends. More than that each person was patient as some ladies came much later due to unavoidable circumstances yet it still worked out that each lady left with clothes that they felt were a golden find.

Once the business of the clothes and shoes was done the ladies all settled down to socializing and it turned into an inspiring evening for all those who were present.

The pics just tell a part of the story but I am sure the next swap will be even more interesting :-)