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Ethiopian Label FOMI's Colorful Shoes & Clutches

Ethiopian label FOMI's colorful shoes and clutches are now available to purchase online.

Back in April we took a look at the Spring/Summer 14 luxury handbag and accessories collection from FOMI, a label founded by Ethiopian PR executive-turned-designer Afomia Tesfaye in 2011. In addition to expanding to footwear this year, FOMI recently launched an online store for its ethically-produced Ethiopian-made shoes, handbags and accessories. "Afomia’s motivation," a press release explained, "has become to show the world that it is possible for fashion companies to ethically produce luxury goods in Africa, without compromising on quality and craftsmanship." To commemorate the virtual shop, the label has put out new styles of handbags and shoes (including a colorful line of Eshi Oxfords), as well as their "I Want To Go To Africa" ("Je Jeux Aller En Afrique") tee, which Lauryn Hill has been spotted in. Scroll through the gallery above for a preview of the new shop.

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Interview: AYLØ Bridges His Music & Universe In the 'Clairsentience' EP

The Nigerian artist talks about trusting your gut feelings, remedying imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do.

AYLØ's evolution as an artist has led him to view sensitivity as a gift. As the alté soundscape in the Nigerian scene gains significant traction, his laser focus cuts through the tempting smokescreen of commercial success. AYLØ doesn't make music out of need or habit. It all boils down to the power of feeling. "I know how I can inspire people when I make music, and how music inspires me. Now it's more about the message."

Clairsentience, the title of the Nigerian artist's latest EP, is simply defined as the ability to perceive things clearly. A clairsentient person perceives the world through their emotions. Contrary to popular belief, clairsentience isn't a paranormal sixth sense reserved for the chosen few, our inner child reveals that it's an innate faculty that lives within us before the world told us who to be.

Born in 1994 in Benin City, Nigeria, AYLØ knew he wanted to be a musician since he was six-years-old. Raised against the colorful backdrop of his dad's jazz records and the echoes of church choirs from his mother's vast gospel collections, making music isn't something anyone pushed him towards, it organically came to be. By revisiting his past to reconcile his promising future, he shares that, "Music is about your experiences. You have to live to write shit. Everything adds up to the music."

Our conversation emphasized the importance of trusting your gut feelings, how to remedy imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do,

This interview has been edited for purposes of brevity and clarity.

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