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Ikiré Jones' Dandy Sapeurs S/S 14 Lookbook Video

Watch a video highlighting the making of Ikiré Jones's Spring/Summer 14 menswear collection.

Ikiré Jones - Designer Walé Oyéjidé - Spring/ Summer 14

We previously raved about mesnwear label Ikiré Jones' latest Spring/ Summer 14 lookbook, in which designer Walé Oyejide blends inspirations from West African aesthetics, European Medieval art and Italian tailoring. The brand recently unveiled a video from their photoshoot which give us a further look into these striking garments. The label states, "In an era where caricatures parade the streets like Emperors in New Clothes, we pride ourselves on offering a new perspective through an old lens; a new dialect for an old tongue; an irreverent approach that twists the portrait askew while paying homage to the most classic of — the suit. Check out the video below and if you want to talk about it, tweet @okayafrica with #ikirejones.


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How Relocating to Ghana Helped Reinvigorate Jewelry Designer Aisha Asamany's Work

Moving to Ghana gave Aisha Asamany's luxury jewelry brand, inspired by Adinkra symbols that traditionally project strength, fearlessness, love and power, renewed verve to tell personal stories of her growing clientele.

In 2019, the government of Ghana made a global splash with its Year of Return initiative – the campaign sought to encourage the African diaspora to return home to the continent, specifically to Ghana.

Linked to the 400th year commemoration of the first recorded landing of slaves in the United States, it became a launchpad for the Ghanaian government to convince Black people around the world to permanently settle in the West African country.

Aisha Asamany, a corporate management consultant for high-profile UK financial institutions turned self-taught luxury jewelry designer was one of many who heeded the call, trading in the corporate life for a spiritual and an entrepreneurial journey – one of joy, appreciation, and representation in her fatherland.

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