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From today the 5th of October, 2015, you will have to pay 5p for the use of a plastic bag to put your shopping in within the UK. This new law applies to all shops and stores with more than 250 employees. Apparently, over 7 billion plastic bags a year are handed out in stores across the UK.

Plastic bags are not biodegradable and alarmingly can take up to a 1000 years to break down. Yes, that does sound bad. This new charge is the government’s bid to reduce its usage and the negative effects it has on the environment and wildlife.

So quite simply, we think you should get yourself a handy and fun Tommy tote! Yes you can be eco-friendly and stylish at the same time. This multi-purpose bag is spacious, durable and folds into a neat little rectangle for storage. Even apart from the fact that this will save you money and looks cool, it is also much more comfortable to carry on the shoulder due to its wide straps. Where you would have had 3 or 4 shopping bags, you now only have to carry one.

It also doubles up as a beach bag, a weekend bag or anything you want it to be really! It is handmade from a thick woven textile from Nigeria known as Aso-oke. Check out our collection here: www.urbanknit.com/tommy+tote and see which colour combination best suits your personality. You too can say no more plastic bags!


You can check out the Urbanknit Etsy store, should it take your fancy. We have been trading on Etsy for the past 9 years and still going strong. Do check it out if you want to see our past designs or simply if you are familiar with the platform and want to do your shopping there. We have the same products and you can shop in a number of currencies over on Etsy.


The Etu Minisnap Aso-oke clutch was so popular we decide to bring it back. This Aso-oke fabric is a true vintage and I am told it well over 50 years old at the very least. Probably closer to a century! Personally, I think blue is the new black. It still easily complements other colours without being as predictable as black.

In addition to that, I have introduced the Etu and Lace which is a variation of this mini blue clutch purse. This newer version is in a slightly lighter shade of blue (an even rarer type of the Etu fabric). It also incorporates a hint of Guipure lace for that added touch of elegance. I think it would make a great purse for a wedding or for a cocktail party.

A converation started- if you are all dressed up and can’t think of how to make the conversation flow with your fellow party goes, tell them about how your purse is probably over a 100 years old!

What do you think? Is your flavour more stark and simple, or a little more playful with the lace? Lets know your thoughts.


Its been a long time since I have been this excited about a Cool Tee! If you are a kid of the 80s and TV then you will recognise Voltron- Defender of the universe! I spent hours in front of the TV watching this with my siblings.  A brief summary of this fantastic animated series- 5 young space explorers who each controlled large robotic lions like could all come together to a larger robot called Voltron! Couldn’t possibly get any cooler, could it?  As an 8 year old, I wanted a lion of my own, a pink one. Yup.

If you are like me and want to step back in time and indulge in a bit of nostalgia then check out The Defender by Joe Conde over on Threadless. I will certainly be getting one.

There is also a collection of other Voltron tees on Threadless. Go and feast your eyes www.voltron.threadless.com


If you are a fan of the classic white tee but want one with a pop of colour then you should check out the African Fashion Dolls Tee which is by Caven Etomi, who have a series of Afrocentric tees in eye-popping designs. Check out this t-shirt and many more on their website www.cavenetomi.com

Africa Utopia is back for a third year celebrating the arts and culture of one of the world’s most dynamic and fast-changing continents. The festival looks at how Africa can lead the way in thinking about culture, community, business and technology and includes topics ranging from fashion, gender and power to politics, sustainability and activism.

This year’s festival features some of Africa’s greatest artists across music, dance, literature and the arts. Highlights include: legendary drummer Tony Allen, one of the acknowledged co-founders of Afrobeat, performing with special guests; Senegalese super-group Orchestra Baobab; powerfully soulful West African singer Kassé Mady Diabaté; the ground-breaking launch of Europe’s first Black and Minority Ethnic classical symphony orchestra, Chineke!; an original play called Star Boy Productions charting the migrant’s story of survival; emerging African musicians including Cameroonian Blick Bassy; and a club night showcasing the influence of Africa on a new generation of UK artists and DJs, including Afriquoi and African Head Charge.

With something for everyone across the festival, join us to take part in lively Africa Utopia, free events, and workshops delving into the many faces of modern Africa. There’s also African-inspired fashion, a buzzing marketplace and delicious African street-food to enjoy.

Be it food, debates, fashion or music,check out the event listings to find something that tickles your fancy. Urbanknit will be taking part in the Diaspora Calling fashion and will also be available on the Soboye Market Stall.

For more information: www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/africa-utopia

When: Thursday 10 September 2015 – Sunday 13 September 2015

Where: The map

Yellow Stairs WHERE: London, South bank COUNTRY: United Kingdom WHEN: August, 2015

Vou Brown is an independent multi-brand African fashion boutique located close to the heart of central London. A contemporary styled destination store that brings together a beautiful showcase of established and emerging labels. With an exciting stylish fashion led edit of women’s wear, jewellery, bags, accessories and lifestyle products for the style savvy shopper, you will always find something new in Vou Brown. Whether you are shopping for a gift or treating yourself to something new, there is always something new and interesting to see or try on.



Address: 74 Willesden Lane Kilburn London NW6 7TA United Kingdom

Opening Times: Tues – Sat: 10:30am – 6:30pm Sunday – Mon: closed

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7328 8843

Website: www.voubrown.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/voubrown

Email: info@voubrown.com

A simple and still striking look for a dinner date or cocktail party. A beautiful embroidered calf length dress accessorised with a black print clutch and simple drop earrings.

Dress: ERDEM Shirlette embroidered dress Bag: URBANKNIT Black print clutch Shoes: CARVELA Kurt Geiger Kaci Shoes Earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane Teardrop Earrings

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This year’s edition edition of the Africa Centre Summer Festival takes place on Saturday, the 1st of August. ‘August in Africa’, will be held in Covent Garden’s iconic Piazza on Saturday, August 1st from 12pm-10pm and will explore the theme of portraiture through contemporary photography. Everyone with an interest in Africa will have an opportunity to celebrate and experience first-hand the best of African culture, including exhibitions, workshops for children and adults, pop-up fashion and dance shows, entertainment, live music, delicious African food and much, much more. And it’s FREE!

Asa the Parisian born Nigerian singer songwriter will be performing at 8.15pm in the Piazza so definitively worth a visit with friends.

In addition, you can try on (or even buy) Urbanknit clutches, totes, blazers and more at the Vou Brown Boutique stand.

Hope to see you there!


WHERE: Covent Garden Piazza, London

WHEN: August 1st, 12 – 10 PM

MORE INFO: www.africacentrefestival.com