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This week we have a wax print as our fabric of the week. It features a red star motif against an olive green background. Definitely a show-stopper and not for those that want to do subtle!

 

1. RED STARS ANKARA SUPERSNAPRed Stars Supersnap Clutch

2. RED STARS ANKARA IPAD SLEEVE

iPad Sleeve

3. RED STARS ANKARA ZIPPER POUCH

Red-stars zipper pouch

Why settle for a boring interior. Add pops of primary colours to your living space!! You can do it quite simply by sticking to a few colours. Black and white can act as a base with red and yellow as hints to add the required POP!

Mondrian was certainly onto something.

Urbanknit pop cushions

 

 

Starting from the top left in a clockwise direction.

1. Zebra Pop Cusions by Urbanknit- £35

2. Muuto Red Unfold Pendant Light by abchomes- £110

3. Zuo Big Wave Folding Round Table by Blue Fly- £135

4. Inmod Signature Bastille Cafe Stacking Chair by Blue Fly- £125

5. Agnes Vase by Normann Copenhagen- £80

 

 

I totally LOVE when people send in pictures with their Urbanknit gear! Here is Ivy in Paris doing it in style by accessorising her beautiful dry lace outfit with one of our indigo red supersnap clutches.

The fascinator, the shades, shoes. Everything spot on! Thanks Ivy!

 

Announcing  the fourth edition of  Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival. It will also be its longest-running edition yet, kicking off on Friday, September 26 and ending-with a bang-on Nigeria’s Independence Day.

The Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival 2014, which spills into the October 1st holiday, is an opportunity to relax and recover something about African histories. With films like Oya, the Rise of the Orisha (2014), Africa’s first superhero movie named for the Yoruba warrior goddess and The Supreme Price (2014), a documentary on Nigeria’s pro-democracy movement, the audience is encouraged to reconsider our past with new eyes.

Curated around the theme LEGACY, Nigeria’s only festival dedicated to independent African film boasts, this year alone, more than 30 movies from over 20 countries. They will all be screened at the Federal Palace Hotel, an establishment steeped in a history as old as independent Nigeria itself.

This edition also stands out for its emphasis on television and the role it has played documenting our journey. Meanwhile, it stays true to the festival’s tradition by including free film workshops, hosting a colorful market of African crafts and gift items, live music, and a bevy of thrilling performances.

October 1 (2014), Kunle Afolayan’s latest opus set at a time when the country was still negotiating what independence from British rule would look like, will be signing off the festival week on a very high note.

Ultimately, reliving pivotal moments in history will help us chart a better course for our future.

Lights Camera Africa2

For more information:

WEBSITE: www.lightscameraafrica.com

TWITTER: @LCAFilmFest

 

 

Don’t need to say much. This week’s tee speaks for itself. I burst out laughing first time I saw it. It was worn by one of the characters in the Channel 4 show ‘Youngers‘. Absolutely love it and it will definitely go into my collection.

The ‘Badman‘ tee is from Ichiban Clothing.

 

 

 

The Cameroonian designer Serge Mouangue has collaborated with a kimono designer, Kururi to put together a collection of limited edition traditional kimonos made in traditional African wax print fabrics from Nigeria and Senegal. The collection is the first in the ‘Wafrica‘ series. Serge is a concept car designer for Nissan based in Tokyo and joined forces with Kururi a Tokyo based kimono maker to create 18 pieces.

The idea behind the collaboration was to explore the parallels that exist between the African and Japanese cultures.

“I pursue and observe the complexity of different values and cultural identities in search of threads to weave a fabric which is a blending of these differences.”

The resulting images are absolutely stunning and we can’t wait to see further exploration as intimated by the designer.

One of my all time favourite and very much an Urbanknit classic. The indigo batik is handmade, hand-dyed in Osogbo, Nigeria. The colours and motifs pay homage to the old-school type of tie-dye in a deep deep captivating blue.

Here’s what we made with it!

1. INDIGO BATIK BLAZER

Indigo Blazer

2. INDIGO BATIK BEE BAG

Indigo Red Bee Bag

3. INDIGO BATIK ZIPPER POUCH

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The fabulous Ivy in a hot pink trouser suit beautifully accessories with an Urbanknit Olive petals Supersnap clutch. Black and pink. Hot combo! 

Thanks Ivy for sending in pictures of your fabulous outfit.

If you have any of yourself accessorising with Urbanknit, please send them in as we would love to hear from you!

Ivy-in-Urbanknit

 

 

Urban Journeys: Fresh Prince

Fresh Prince of Bel Air

WHERE: Shoreditch, London

COUNTRY: United Kingdom

WHEN: July 2014

 

Thursday 11 September 2014 – Sunday 14 September 2014

Following 2012’s sensational first edition, Africa Utopia is back for 2014 to once again look at what can be learnt and celebrated from Africa and the African diaspora.

At the Southbank in London, there will be a look at how African art and ideas can change the world for the better: how Africa can lead the way in thinking about culture, community, technology, fashion, sustainability and ethical wealth creation.

Some of the continent’s most iconic musicians and artists appear at the festival but also take part in the debates alongside experts, entrepreneurs and activists. Join in the celebration of arts and culture one of the world’s most dynamic and fast-changing continents.

WHERE: Southbank London

WHEN: Thursday 11 – Sunday 14, September 2014

FIND OUT MORE: www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/africa-utopia