5 Minutes With Pearls & Portraits.

We had a little sit down with the Creative Director of new brand Pearls & Portraits. The exclusive new brand, from designer Wunmi Akinsola, is a London based fashion label creating printed tailored garments using luxury fabrics. Each and every garment used either hand made prints or imagery from Wunmi’s very own photography to ensure the pieces are niche to the printed fashion market. 

Tell us a little bit about you? Have you always been involved in fashion and design? What made you get into fashion design?

Growing up in Nigeria, I didn’t have much access to the resources and
support I have now. The general idea my family had for me was to
become a lawyer. I was actually very much a tom boy growing up, but I
realised that I like the idea of being able to make something out of
nothing and I realised I was good at making prints.

How would you describe your own personal style?

Lazy with a splash of crazy. I put on the first thing I see but everything I own has something unique about it. I should make more of an effort but there is just no time.

Describe your Spring Summer 2015 collection in five words?

A 21st Century Frida Kahlo.

What can customers expect to see from your Autumn Winter 2015 collection?

Glam tailoring.

Where do you find most of your inspiration?

Any form of art; books, exhibitions and most especially paintings. I
recently developed an interest in travelling, so we’ll see where that
takes me.

Where do you see the brand in three years time?

It’s difficult to say as it’s only a few months old, but hopefully we’ll be
known internationally and have a store or two in London.

Who do you see wearing your designs?

Solange.
What does it take to start your own fashion brand?

Money, but more importantly gut. It also takes a lot of sleepless nights
and early mornings.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to start their own business?

Start as soon as you can and not as soon as you are ready because
there will never be a right time. The most successful people start
before they feel ready.

Do you think there are certain skills that are needed to start your own business?

Honestly, you need skills in most things. Financial skills most
importantly but management skills, IT Skills and marketing are also
vital.

How did you learn to design and make your own prints, was this selftaught?

I studied Fashion and Textiles at the University of Kent and while it was more design focused, I sort of strayed into the more textile department and I had to then change my focus in my 3rd year. I always knew that I could paint a little bit but when I discovered that I could use computerized programmes to turn my art into prints and manipulate them; that was it for me. I was like a kid in a candy store.

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Lumiere Couture Identity SS15

Lumiere Couture premieres her new collection for Spring Summer 2015, Identity.

Lumiere Couture’s Identity Collection was inspired by a modern vintage loving woman, who lives on edge; she’s chic, sophisticated and feminine. She’s not afraid of her IDENTITY. The lookbook offers a unique take on vintage in casual and funky looks all in the emotionally intense colour RED, to signify a strength in character, power, determination, passion, desire, and love! The fabric used for this collection falls in the damask family “Silk matelassé” with tapestry detailing.

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Adara Leigh Spring Summer 2015

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Just in time for the Summer, shoe brand, Adara Leigh release their Spring Summer 2015 collection, Notting Hill. Inspired by the Notting Hill Carnival and the designer, Meroe’s own Caribbean heritage, she created this collection fused with color, boldness and creativity.

Offering pops of neon, splashes of metallic pink and electric blue against a monochrome background, the colours are fused together with luxury glitter, patent leathers and gold beads to create a riot of bold colours and accents.

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Aseda by Poqua Poqu- The All White Collection

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It was a pleasure working with Poqua Poqu on her all white collection Aseda! Just in time for Easter, she caps off the first part of the year with gratitude for her clients with more fashion goodness!!!! Here is what Poqua Poqu had to say!

After years of function-conscious yet still elegant design that has led to the build up of lasting relationships with Africa’s amazing women, we decided that it was time to do something in honor and appreciation of the wonderful women we get to call our clients. Something that shows our deep gratitude for the loyalty that holds us together.

So we set out to do what we do best; create a collection that sends out our message of honor, appreciation and gratitude but still satisfies the undying need of our clients to stay flawlessly fashionable.

We present to you Aseda! Our act of thankfulness to the woman whose very existence continues to be our endless inspiration; to you we say Thank You!

Aseda, in Akan language is translated to English to mean “thanksgiving” or “thank you”, the best name we could give to such a pure, elegant and graceful collection that represents a gesture of gratitude.

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The Brommon Effect

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As seen in the Daily Guide newspaper March 7th, 2015.

Recently I sat down with suit expert Kwaku Boateng Akuoko, creative director of Brommon. He explains and simplifies the custom suit making process and what you need to be the well- dressed gentleman.

WHAT IS THE BROMMON COMPANY?

Brommon is a high-end menswear brand that specializes in bespoke suits, jackets, trousers and shirts. Using a complicated inner canvassing from our workshop in Europe, we create garments for our clients using fabrics that are only sourced from the UK and Italian mills and a quality end product that stands shoulder to shoulder with Savile Row.

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Tzar Resort 2015

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Ian Audifferen, creative director for TZAR introduces his 2015 Resort collection, Joy Ride, inspired by the images, colours and sights beheld on a Joy ride during a holiday trip.

His use of bold unconventional graphics, a vibrant mesh of colors to create an abstract print, as well as his masterful use of monochromatic prints, all come together to construct this sporty collection. Although this collection caters to the guys, I find this collection genderless, so ladies don’t shy away.

Ian’s minimalist aesthetic approach to silhouettes and his use of shapes and colors is without a doubt visually captivating. We are nothing short of obsessed. Truly a TZARBURST moment.

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Falling In Love At The Royal Woodstock

The Royal Woodstock can be found in Airport Residential Area and houses an eclectic mix of handmade furniture sourced from all four corners of the world. Made of 100% raw materials, The Royal Woodstock caters to a variety of aesthetic. I walked onto the premises and it was easy to fall in love all over again, with life, with art and with love.

Although I make it a habit to wear black to pay homage to St. Valentine (*covers eyes*), red was the order of the day. I paired a high- waisted asymmetrical full skirt with a beaded top and a dark lip. Romantic date? Yes, please!

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your’s!

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Dressing Up With Dzifa Ababio

Guys!

We know you love it when your woman matches your fly but for that to happen, you have to be just that- FLY. We had no intentions of leaving you guys out during this weekend of love so we turned to the only person we know who could give you a few tips on how to put your best fashion foot forward sans red!

Dzifa Ababio of THE SPOTES fame defines spotes a person’s outfit (noun), to dress to the nines/ to look dapper (verb). If anyone can pull off a mean double- breasted it is Dzifa. He shows out today with a denim blazer to dress things down, and a navy tuxedo for that romantic dinner date.

Enjoy fellas and let us know your thoughts!

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Denim Blazer Spotes

Shirt – Trashness
Blazer – JCrew
Pocket Square – Gift from my tailor
Belt – Ralph Lauren
Denim – H & M
Shoes – Meermin
Socks – Target

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Tuxedo Spotes

Shirt – Trashness
Suspenders – Jos A. Bank
Shoes – Stubbs and Wootton
Tuxedo – Christine Freeman Suits
Bowtie – TheTieBar

Hot On The Heels Of THE HAUTE BOX

HOC has long been a huge fan of The Haute Box from conception to birth. What isn’t there to love about a discrete luxury consignment service for authentic premium designer merchandise; whether pre- loved, gently- used or brand new? I hit The Haute Box up for some fabulous fashion finds and fell head over heels in love. The bowler shape, shoulder strap, leather and vibrant yellow colour (swoon) had me at hello; and then there were more- Dior, Louis Vuitton- and I was in heaven.

A midi length summer dress cinched at the waist with nude slingbacks was the most appropriate canvas to set off my bag of choice. We headed over to Royal Woodstock Furniture in Airport Residential Area for some blog post fun.

“We’ve set out to create a platform that widens the customer base for exclusive luxury brands by providing a trusted source for gently used luxury goods. We believe that everyone deserves a chance to own a luxury item that they may have fallen in love with at a distance; and offering our stock of bags, shoes and accessories at amazing prices, makes this possible for our wonderful clients” – Indira Echeruo, Owner

Shop The Haute Box here or follow them on Instagram @thehautebox to view products on sale. For further information email info@thehaute-box.com or call +23357770000.

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Pictured sitting on The Dalila Set made of 100% teak and handcrafted in Indonesia.

Pictured sitting on The Dalila Set made of 100% teak and handcrafted in Indonesia.

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The Ecstatic Flash

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Ghanaian blogger / Health Scientist/ Fashion and arts writer Natasha Nyanin shot with us in James Town on one of her visits to Accra. Intrigued by her blog The Ecstatic Flash, we interviewed her to get the scoop behind all the beauty, travel shots, and the food!!!!

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