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OkayAfrica and ONYCHEK Team Up For "WhatWeWear," a Fashion Pop-Up

Join OkayAfrica and Onychek for a conscious fashion pop-up at Okay Space in NYC.

If you're in the NYC area, and looking for crisp, quality threads by African designers—look no further. OkayAfrica has teamed up with ONYCHEK for "WhatWeWear," a fashion pop-up for the fashion-minded amongst us, looking to stay fresh while supporting designers from the continent.


ONYCHEK is an online retailer offering luxurious pieces from leading African designers with a focus on "conscious consumption."

"Our focus is on companies that maximize value addition in the region by boosting employment of local suppliers, craftsmen, and manufacturers,” ONYCHEK founder Chekwas Okafor told OkayAfrica earlier this year.

“In the same way, consumers look to France or Italy for high-quality goods, I hope they begin to look to Africa."

We invite you to come check out luxury garb by Africans for Africans at our very own Okay Space Gallery from September 9-11.

Come get fly with us and enjoy some wine while you shop! You can RSVP for the event here. Check below for a full list of labels that will be available for purchase. Merchandise from OkayAfrica's African AF line will also be available on-site.

What We Wear Flyer

"WhatWeWear" Featured Brands:

Maxhosa by Laduma

Femi Handbags

Abury

Naked Ape

Sawa

Enzi

Trevor Sturrman X Simon and Mary

Taibobacar

Adele Dejak

Legacy Collection

Okun

Laurenceairline

Tamara Che

Aprelleduany

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Photo: Courtesy of Saphir Niakadie

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These young and emerging female photographers from Côte d'Ivoire are shaking up Abidjan's art scene.

There's been a tremendous amount of awe-inspiring art coming from the African continent lately. Photography is no exception. It is one of the most powerful tools used in changing the way in which the West perceives Africa and its diaspora and perhaps the reason why contemporary photography is thriving.

The female gaze is paramount to the way in which the aforementioned visual stories are told and the female photographers here are using their camera lenses to give us glimpses of lands, peoples, histories, and futures unknown. Their individual experiences and perspectives are widening the scope of what is believed to be Côte d'Ivoire. Within the country's capital, Abidjan, there's a creative scene that seems to have sprawled up out of nowhere yet is so rich in its offerings.

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