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'African City Bags' Spotlight Major Locales On The Continent

'African Prints In Fashion' founder and blogger Ms. K's African City Bags celebrate major locales across the continent.


Photography by J. Quazi King

One fashion blogger has made it easier than ever to proudly rep some of Africa's most popular cities.

With an African City Bag one becomes "not just a citizen, but an African of the world," Ms. K recently told Okayafrica, quoting Ghanaian author Taiye Selasi. The young German-Ghanaian, who is also the founder of African Prints in Fashion, created the tote bag a year ago and recently held a photo shoot for the carry-all in New York City's famous Grand Central Station.

Fourteen cities, including Dakar, Kampala and Nairobi, are printed on the small bag, while the larger option features ten additional locations, like Harare, Freetown and Luanda.

"The feedback has been overall really positive and encouraging," she told Okayafrica. "People love the Afropolitan character of the bag and appreciate that the bag celebrates and highlights African cities amidst a sea of garments adorned with European and American city names."

As for whether Ms. K plans to expand on the African City design, there are currently two spin-off bags in the works. However, her top priority right now is moving production to the continent. "I already created some samples in Kenya, but they were not perfect yet," she said. "So, now I am working ongoing samples created in Ghana."

"I am not a patient person but I learned that consistency and patience are necessary for producing on the continent, especially if I manage everything virtually," she added. "But, I am determined to make my vision come to life."

To learn more about African City Bags and make a purchase, visit the website.

Photography by J. Quazi King

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