The Afropolitan Network

We love Yuna! She was just in LA and according to my sister, she was awesome. Here's one of my favorite songs "Live Your Life" perfect #fallanthem

 

You've probably heard about or read this book already. In any case it makes an excellent addition to our first installment of Bookworm! Check out Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's new book Americanah. Here's an excerpt:

"She scoured Nigerian websites, Nigerian profiles on Facebook, Nigerian blogs, and each click brought yet another story of a young person who had recently moved back home, clothed in American or British degrees, to start an investment company, a music production business, a fashion label, a magazine, a fast food franchise. She looked at photographs of these young men and women and felt the dull ache of loss, as though they had prised open her hand and taken something of hers."   

Monday Musings

Sep 08 2014 | 0 comments

Hello Afropolitans!

I hope you're all enjoying the new month. Well, have I got a story for you!

*Pulls out chair*

Wellllll, for about a year now I have been wondering how to best utilize the The Afropolitan Shop (TAS) blog. As you might now TAS started as a blog in 2006 called The Afropolitan Network, which highlighted afropolitan stories from around the world. It still remains a passion of mine to publish and share culturally relevant snippets from around the globe about black culture. That's why I'm going to be rolling out a brand new blog this month.


I'm really excited about this, because we'll be sharing interesting snippets from every corner of the Afropolitan globe. My small team of 2 volunteers (I pay them with hugs and love hearts <3 for now!) and I will still focus on fabulous African fashion and design, but will also branch out into the world of music, art, literature, religion and much more! With the common theme of uniting Afropolitan stories and ideas from the people doing the talking. So sit back and enjoy the new look! If you have any questions or suggestions for stories feel free to email me at: beverly@theafropolitanshop.com

Love Africa,
Beverly

Check us out on TV! International TV Network CCTV did a feature on us with Kweli Media. How cool is that?!



Here's the French Version

Beautiful new collection from Duaba Serwa (all images via Ciaafrique)

 

I love this pullover by Diablotine 

And new collection from Jewel by Lisa

Big earrings, big statement


Big earrings are great for a night out, or for to dress up a super toned down outfit. Wear with jeans, and a simple top. For color coordination, if you have on a light colored earring wear dark clothes, and if you have on dark colored earrings, wear a matching item such as a scarf, bag or shoe.

Colorful Print


African print is bold and bright! If its in a bag, I like to wear solid colors that compliment. A black sweater or top would go great with this purse! 

Happy Feet with Beaded Sandals


Sandals are a great afro-chic investment! If African print is bold, than African sandals are a subtle way of conveying your style. These would go great with a skirt or jeans shorts. 

Owner of Kushn, Greer Valley

In the wide range of African handcrafts available, it can be difficult to find a good laptop bag. I've tried and tested a few with less than steller results. Que in Kushn pronounced "cushion", owned and operated by South African Greer Valley. Their laptop bags and ipad cases are an Afropolitan mix of African colors, textures and our ubiquitous i-gadgets. Kushn designs reflect a dynamic, colourful, robust and creative contemporary Africa with sleek genuine leather computer accessories. I almost jumped for joy when I found Greer's company online, and had a glimmer of hope that perhaps my laptop could now don an African made bag that wouldn't break. I was curious as to how Kushn got it start, so here's my short Q&A with Greer. Enjoy!

Q: What's the significance and meaning behind the name?
Kushn is short for Cushion. The idea is that we provide covers that cushion valuable items like laptops and ipads. Kushn is also a play on "text speak"

Q: What inspires your designs?
African cities, the colours, smells, textures.... I also love traditional african cloth and love that there is usually a story behind each peice

Q: Where is the workshop?
I work from my home studio, and we employ various leather artisans around Cape Town, South Africa to make the the products

 

Q: Did you study design or are you self taught?
I studied Architecture at the University of cape town.

Q: How long have you been doing this?
Kushn started in March this year [2011].

Q: What is your vision for the next few years?
I'd like to expand the range to include luggage and accessories and possibly move operations to another african country to experience a new way of making things. I'd also like to do a trip to different african countries to source interesting textiles to include into the range.