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Made in Ghana: Fashion Designer Launches Ethically-Made Luxury Accessories

A A K S produces raffia bags handmade by a women’s cooperative in Bolgatanga, northern Ghana. The brand produces luxurious handmade accessories using ethical processes and age-old craft traditions, are not often seen beyond the borders of Ghana. However Ghanaian fashion designer Akosua Afriyie-Kumi wants the world to see how luxury and quality can grow from traditional designs and is using A A K S to change perceptions of Africa through fashion.

A A K S is a brand that seeks to showcase the unlimited possibilities for the fashion and textile industries in Ghana. Using skills and techniques that are unique to this part of Ghana, craftsmanship is the foundation of this luxury brand.  It takes approximately one week to complete a handbag which attests to an unwavering dedication to modern style and interpretations using traditional methods. Made by hand each bag bears the finger prints of the person who fashioned it and a signature tag is added to prove authenticity.

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Christie Brown designs for Beyonce’s Mrs.Carter Show World Tour.

Ghanaian designer Ayisha Ayensu aka Christie Brown made the outfits for Beyonce’s world tour the Mrs. Carter Show. She worked with Illustrator Katrina Hernandez for the collection that has been described as timeless by fashion lovers. “The Mrs. Carter Show” World Tour, kicked off in Serbia in April 2013 and traveled through Europe, North America, South America and Australia, we saw thrilling performances from Queen Bey, listened and sang along to songs we’ve come to know and love and saw gorgeous Ghanaian pieces.

Collaborating with Katrina Hernandez of Illustration by KH, they created outfits that featured a mix of colourful prints in peplum fashion. The pieces were inspired by the Dure collection by Christie Brown.

Speaking on the collaboration, Katrina said “Working with the design team at Christie Brown for Beyoncé the Mrs.Carter World Tour was an absolute dream come true! #beyonce #mrscartershow #christiebrown
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The look for the Mrs.Carter show inspired by the #dure collection! Sketch by the amazing Katrina Hernandez @illustrationsbykh #christiebrown #beyonce #mrscartershow #mcwt #mrscarterdancers @mrscartersdancers


Meet AAKS’ S/S 2016, where pieces made entirely from raffia intensifies the heritage of this Ghanaian brand.

Inspired by Luis Barragan’s architectural shapes and photography, these are all made by hand and each bag bears the fingerprints of the person who fashioned it, with a signature tag added to prove authenticity.



Images courtesy of STRETCHIEF


In 2013, Ghanaian fashion designer Jesse Frimpong launched the streetwear brand STREETCHIEF to bridge a specific disconnect he noticed within himself and among his peers.

“The brand is a reflection of many African youth in the diaspora who are [torn] between traditional principles of the African culture and the hip hop influenced urban culture of Western world,” the Canadian-based designer told Okayafrica via email.

The most recent STREETCHIEF collection pays homage to Nima, an Accra slum where Frimpong spent most of his childhood years. In the Nima Girls lookbook, photographed by William Ukoh, each colorful item is brought to life thanks to model Jessica Bentu‘s effervescence and Philippa Frimpong‘s fresh hairstyling talents. The traditional threaded hairstyle worn by Bentu—and famously photographed by J.D. Okhai Ojeikere—perfectly reflects the duality that Frimpong is aiming for with his brand.

“As the mission also implies, STREETCHIEF is definitely dedicated to a certain demographic usually ignored in fashion, music and art, even though they offer artists so much inspiration,” said Frimpong.

To shop the ‘Nima Girls’ collection and to learn more about the brand, visit STREETCHIEF’s website and Instagram page.

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