2nd Apr 201422:34489 notes

The Announcement


Steven Onoja, Blogger
2nd Apr 201415:52820 notes

The Devotional binder, bookbinding for The gentleman’s calling by Richard Allestree, 1676. Hand bookbinding, London. Via Princeton Library.
2nd Apr 201415:44109 notes


NOT JUST A LABEL invited Moroccan/Israeli designer Artsi Ifrach (creative mind of Art/c) to Addis Ababa for Ethiopian Fashion Week for fashion show celebrating twenty years of African trade.

Above is a visual representation of Ifrach‘s trip to Ethiopia photographed by Moroccan photographer Laila Hida.

The styling of the photographs capture — a wondrous city of eclectic beauty, rich culture and a burgeoning fashion industry. Ifrach gets resourceful by mixing fabrics, prints with embroideries, kaftan buttons, shimmering colors and embellishments.


(via africaisdonesuffering)


Photo break: Imagine if ads were replaced by classical paintings… 
French artist Etienne Lavie tried it. 
1st Apr 201414:46528 notes


The brilliant collage work of Romare Bearden.

(via arellandrose)

31st Mar 201413:25569 notes

Carmina trunk show in NYC this week, April 3rd + 4th. Also for the first time … we have women’s shoes to order!
Appointments available at nyc@thearmoury.com or 646 613 7613 

those chelseas…
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"Around the eastern slopes of Mount Kenya, a 92-year-old man named Japhlet Thambu has a tea farm. I had the opportunity to visit his farm with my friend and colleague, Laura Lee Huttenbach, who has written Mr. Thambu’s biography, forthcoming from Ohio University Press in Fall 2014. In the 1950s, Mr. Thambu (aka “the General”) led an uprising against British colonial rule that became known as the Mau Mau Rebellion. The fight eventually led to his country’s independence, which just celebrated its fiftieth anniversary while we were there on December 12th.

As Laura Lee conducted interviews, I documented the General’s home and surrounding areas for the book. The images I captured in Meru, Kenya did not conform to the portrayal of Africa I had seen in Western media. The stories I heard from Mr. Thambu and Laura Lee were equally unfamiliar. The landscape was lush, wet, and colorful. Every home offered us tea and food. People’s hospitality and hard work were just two of their greatest, yet most common, virtues. Through writing and photography about this place, Laura Lee and I hope to add another layer to the international dialogue surrounding Kenya and, by extension, Africa.”

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