Bhavna P Talwar, a design and style consultant ventured into the creative arena 18 years ago, where she started her International design career. With that came the exposure to the world of luxury; as she started working for ”5-star” hotels in India and overseas. ¬†¬†Some of the brands Bhavna has worked with include, the TAJ GROUP, the MANDARIN ¬†ORIENTAL & was integral in the design and set up of high end spas for these brands.

 With time SAMSKARAS Jewelry was born, another talent she had in her bag of tricks. She started her first collection almost ten years ago. BROWNS-in London was the very first shop that bought her entire collection. BROWNS is also synonymous with bespoke luxury brands. Bhavna gets her inspiration from her heritage in Rajasthan, India and her extensive travels.

Some of Samskaras jewelry customers include a couple of ministers in Nairobi, socialites in London, fashionistas in Dubai plus  a few royalty in India.Samskaras Jewelry can be found at Coco Chic in the village market. 

To find out more about Samskaras, checkout their website HERE don’t forget to bookmark it 



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  • 4 months ago
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Nivea Model Call out

Starting this week, NIVEA invisible for Black and White is what stands between you & a chance to be the next cover model, plus a trip SOUTH AFRICA FASHION WEEK FOR YOU & A FRIEND

Think that’s you?  Click here for details 

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  • 7 months ago

AFG brings their Fashion Africa Conference back to London for 2014 – Registration Open Now!

Are you are a¬†fashion¬†designer, student or¬†fashion¬†business who has set up your¬†fashionbusiness sourcing and/or producing in¬†Africa¬†and interested in¬†sustainability and ethical business practice? Then don’t miss this conference. For the opportunity to listen to the best industry leaders in¬†African¬†fashion¬†in London, together in one place then you cannot miss this event!
Social Enterprise Africa Fashion Guide brings our FASHION AFRICA Conference back to London this February.
This evening event will take place on Wednesday 26th February and will consist of a panel discussion with international industry leaders entitled Fashion Africa 2014. This yearly conference acts as a means to discuss and promote the full supply chain of African FashionDesign, Textiles, and Manufacturing and thus communicate this to a larger, global audience.
Fashion Africa conferences are vehicles to create a social forum for all those attending to talk openly and share ideas, information and expertise, to raise awareness and elevate the perception of fashion design from the African continent and gives design entrepreneurs the relevant tips, strategies, tools and resources to successfully prepare, build and grow your ownAfrican focused fashion business based on sustainable design practices and ethical working conditions.

This event will include 2 panel discussions with contribution from fashion 
professionals and industry experts who will discuss and debate on the topics:

Themes include:
1)¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Sustainable¬†Fashion¬†Made in¬†Africa¬†- Sourcing cotton and local fabrics, Fairtrade issues, local production, artisans. AFG¬†African¬†Cotton Campaign. How important is¬†African¬†craft to the luxury market and¬†Africa‚Äôs¬†fashion¬†industry? What is the future of global textiles and¬†Africa‚Äôs part it in? and more…
2)¬†¬†¬†¬†The Future of¬†African¬†Fashion ‚Äď the importance of¬†Fashion¬†shows, media, press and marketing to bring light to¬†African¬†fashion¬†into the global¬†fashion¬†industry. Is it just a fad? Does¬†African¬†fashion¬†get enough positive recognition? The importance of retail ‚Äď selling and making availble¬†African¬†fashion¬†and international retailers in¬†Africa.

This must attend event will include guests from press, brands as well as industry influencers and insiders who all have a mutual interest, involvement and focus to elevate African textile trade, fashion design and production. This event is for those who want to be part of the wider solution in raising Africa as a leader not a follower in quality design and production.

Our 2014 line up of panelists include:
Annegret  Affolderbach of Choolips
Daphne Kasambala of Sappelle online boutique 
Helen Jennings of Arise and Kisua online store
Lisel Truscott of Textile Exchange 
Mark Stephenson of Sandstorm Kenya
Paola Masperi of Mayamiko
Prama Bhardwaj of Sunflag/Mantisworld
SInem Bilen-Onabanjo of FAB Magazine
Tamsin Lejeune of Ethical Fashion Forum
Terence Sambo of One Nigerian Boy blog
And more…!

Africa¬†Fashion¬†Guide¬†Founding Director, Jacqueline Shaw will also be presenting the relaunch of her coffee table book ‚ÄėFashion¬†Africa‚Äô at the conference.
And tee-shirts from the African Fashion Guide African Cotton Campaign will be available to view and order on the day. (There is the opportunity to purchase these tees in advance along with your conference ticket - see ticket options for details of colours available)
Image: Africa Fashion Guide African Cotton Campaign 2013
Photo credits: Left - Model Richard Mkoloma and Right Model Nana Afua Antwi, Photographer: Abi Oshodi of AO Photography
Tees are both available as shown and also in Black with White slogan print colours too

To attend this event make sure you sign up quickly as space is limited!

DATE: Wednesday 26th February 2014 

TIME:¬†6.00pm ‚Äď 8.30pm¬†(doors open¬†5.45pm)

VENUE: The Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre (Lower Ground Floor)  
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London, WC1H 0XG

PRICE: £7.50 EARLY BOOKING FEE (full price £15 after Feb 14th)
BOOK FAST as places are strictly limited!

Please note: Seating is only available with ticketed entry, please register your space early to avoid disappointment.
email: for more information on the conference for general enquiries
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  • 8 months ago

With a booming economy in Nigeria and more black children than anywhere else in the world, Taofick Okoya was dismayed when he could not find a black doll for his niece.

The 43-year-old spotted a gap in the market and, with little competition from foreign firms such as¬†Mattel Inc, the maker of Barbie, he set up his own business. He outsourced manufacturing of doll parts to low-cost China, assembled them onshore and added a twist ‚Äď traditional Nigerian costumes.

The dolls represent Nigeria’s three largest Ethnic Groups; Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba so far.

Seven years on, Okoya sells between 6,000 and 9,000 of his Queens of Africa and Naija Princesses a month, and reckons he has 10-15% of a small but fast-growing market.

"I like it," says Ifunanya Odiah, five, struggling to contain her excitement as she inspects one of Okoya‚Äôs dolls in a Lagos shopping mall. "It‚Äôs black, like me.‚ÄĚ

Like Barbies, Okoya’s dolls are slim, despite the fact that much of Africa abhors the western ideal of stick-thin models. Okoya says his early templates were larger bodied, and the kids did not like them.

But he hopes to change that. ‚ÄúFor now, we have to hide behind the ‚Äėnormal‚Äô doll. Once we‚Äôve built the brand, we can make dolls with bigger bodies.‚ÄĚ

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  • 9 months ago
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Ghanain Fashion line DELLA collaborates with VANS

DELLA is a fashion line featuring products handmade in Ghana, West Africa. Their collection features Batik design on Macbook cases, bags and accessories handmade by skilled women who receive training and education to avoid living in poverty.
Della is excited to announce it’s recent collaboration with Vans shoes! The collection includes six different designs featuring fabric handmade by the team in Ghana.

More styles and accessories can be viewed on
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  • 9 months ago
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  • 9 months ago
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vacancy at Adele Dejak

ADELE DEJAK is looking for 2 tailors and a jewellery artisan for their Kiambu International/ Nairobi workshop. Orders are coming in fast! If anyone knows anyone! that is honest, has excellent skills and hard working please contact:

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  • 9 months ago
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Another party to go to as always. This time it was at the French ambassadors house. You know how I love to dress up to them parties, you never know who I may drag home with me lol

All my friends were in attendance, top notch fashion socialites, media and other dignitaries. models styled by Sunny Dolat, hair by Randolph Grey, everything was just right, a photo booth by the lovely Barbara Minishi where I wasted no time, as you can see below;

International modelling Agency, CITY MODELS AFRICA is searching for models and actors for high-fashion international jobs, local and pan-african ad campaigns, tv shows and films. young or old, big or small, supermodel or supermama, if you love being in front of the camera, you belong in city models africa.

Models interested in joining CMA, head over to

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  • 10 months ago
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This year’s annual charity fashion show will be held on¬†Saturday 14th December from 6pm¬†onwards and will feature the following designers:
Adele Dejak
Mille Collines
Nike Kondakis
Niku Singh
Penny Winter
Sheila Amolo
All proceeds raised at the event are in aid of SASA designs by the deaf which is¬†¬†a non-profit jewelry line handcrafted by Deaf artisans in Rongai. Using a mix of local materials and limited imported components, the team of artisans are trained to create fashion-forward designs¬†with a hint of the unique¬†African aesthetic. ¬†Most of the Deaf women have never had a formal job beyond cleaning people’s houses. They have spent their lives being told they are worthless and forced to depend on the charity of family and the community at large. Working with¬†Sasa¬†Designs offers them sustainable, fair wages alongside skills training and exposure to business principles and design. Upon joining the team they learn they are gifted, skilled and have the potential to support themselves and their children. They take great pride in each piece of jewelry they create, and are very grateful for every person who wears their creations!
Sheila Amolo, one of the designers being featured is an up and coming young Kenyan designer who is being sponsored by Tribe to participate in the show giving her a platform to launch her talents.

Limited seats! Get your tickets soon!

Phone: 020 720 0000 / 0722 316 171

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  • 10 months ago


I have been nominated for the Swahili Fashion Week award as BEST EAST AFRICAN JOURNALIST 2013

You can vote for me by following this link —>¬†

Kindly share this post with your friends :) 

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  • 10 months ago
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Adele Dejak at the Samsung #AmazeAfrica

Adele Dejak is happy to announce her participation at the Samsung #AmazeAfrica, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa on Wednesday 30 October at the Pretoria City Hall.

Samsung is bringing together 14 fashion and accessory designers from across the continent in a unique design collaboration, #AmazeAfrica. 

The first of its kind, the #AmazeAfrica show will take place on the opening night of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa onWednesday 30 October at the Pretoria City Hall. The #AmazeAfrica platform is an initiative inspired by Samsung’s global Accelerating Discoveries and Possibilities philosophy.

The #AmazeAfrica designers have been asked to consider the future of Africa’s unique journey. Each designer has been given a brief with roots in nature - inspiration is drawn from the different genus found in the Ditsong Museum (originally South Africa‚Äôs first mint), located across the road from Pretoria City Hall in Tswane, where the show will be hosted.¬†

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  • 12 months ago


This weekend‚Äôs episode of Coke Studio Africa is set to be very exciting as it will feature Kenya‚Äôs Octopizzo doing a track called ‚ÄúAmio‚ÄĚ. Diamond from Tanzania will also double up with HHP yet again to perform the track ‚ÄúTemptation‚ÄĚ. Lady Jaydee is also set to appear in this episode performing ‚ÄúJoto hasira‚ÄĚ and finally Uganda‚Äôs rock band Qwela are set to do the track ‚ÄúRail On‚ÄĚ originally by the Legendary Papa Wemba, with Nigeria‚Äôs Waje.

In addition to the TV show, fans will be able to access content from the show on the new Coke Studio Africa website Entire episodes of the show will also be available to view on the official YouTube channel 
Viewers across the continent will have the opportunity to win various prizes including autographed posters, coke studio kits and branded merchandise through the show.

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  • 1 year ago