10 African Designers Inspired By Their Roots

Hamda Issa-Salwe looks at ten African designers inspired by their roots.


Tina Lobondi

Photo: Tina Lobondi SS15

Born in Republic of Congo and raised in France, designer Tina Lobondi runs her eponymous fashion house from London’s Notting Hill. Her Spring/Summer 2015 collection is inspired by iconic starlets of this and previous generations, including Sophia Loren and Zoe Saldana. This is illustrated by the collection’s sleek elegance and opulent, luxe fabrics. The label also offers clients unique made-to-measure designs through their bespoke tailoring services.

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