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If you are in London this weekend do drop by at the Africa Centre Summer Festival. There will be music, performances, textile workshops, food and children’s activities. 

There will also be a Market place where you will be able to browse and buy Urbanknit goodies! (Just look for the Vou Brown section)

See you on Saturday!

WHEN: 2nd August, 2014

WHERE: Covent Garden Piazza, London

For more info: http://www.africacentre.org.uk/

A to Z Initiative

It has been a while since we spoke about our A to Z initiative. This does not mean we have not been working on it! If you have not heard about it before The A to Z is an Urbanknit initiative which will donate proceeds from sales of bags, totes, cushions, clutches made from upcycled, repurposed, recycled fabrics to assist charities and local schools in Nigeria (which is where the fabric is currently from).  Our own way of making a (creative) contribution. Every product that is part of the initiative will have an orange label to identify it as being that extra special. The full range available can be found with the A to Z Initiative tag.

 

Pink Aso Oke Cushions

 

We have a set of newly listed Pink Cushions Aso-Oke cushions in our Etsy store which are all part of the initiative. So if you are looking for large, bold, pink cushions then please consider these. Its a win win situation! You can order it with or without the cushion pad.

1. Pink Zebra Cushion- £15

2. Pink and Silver Cushion- £15

3. Pink and Yellow Cushion- £25

4. Pink and Black Cushion- £15

As the pink ribbon is an international symbol of breast cancer awareness, sales from these pink cushions will go to the Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria.

Please read more about the A to Z Initiative here.

As usual, we’d love to hear what you think.

 

 

Urbanknit How to wear it

Ankara Print Peplum

 

This is just one way to rock our Diamond Ankara print peplum top. Pair your top with fitted jeans and some patent heels. You can accessorise with bold yet simple jewellery and a block colour Aso-oke clutch. Finally, bright red lips and a nice kimono-style wrap and you are ready for date night or for drinks out on a Friday night!

 

 

Urban Journeys

Molue Bus

Molue Bus

WHERE: Ikeja, Lagos

COUNTRY: Nigeria

WHEN: January 2006

 

And just for laughs, I am sure the Nigerians will appreciate the ‘Owo Morney‘ video featuring Crusher by Area! I still find it funny, no matter how any times I have watched it.

Here is another wonderful discovery I made. If you want audio that captures the experience of travelling around in Lagos on public transport In Conversation With Emeka Ogboh on Lagos, and Listening To The World In a Musical Way found on the Another Africa website. Brilliant.

 

 

cool-tees-thursday

 

Sticking with the Sci-fi theme, here is a funky funky cool tee from Canadian company Engram Clothing on Etsy. Here is a Storm Trooper with swag. The Storm Trooper Smarttropper needs little explaining, its simply very cool!

It is a unisex fit and available in a wide range of sizes.

 

Urban Journeys

Vinatge Yaba Post Office Boxes

Vintage Yaba Postboxes

WHERE: Sabo, Yaba, Lagos

COUNTRY: Nigeria

WHEN: 2009

 

cool-tees-thursday

 

Our cool t-shirt for today is from Urban Outfitters and it features yes, Darth Vader. Imagine turning up at a party only to find that it was DJ Vader on the decks. Ha ha. It would probably be the best fun you ever had on the dancefloor!

I wonder if Star Wars fans will find this humorous. It would definitely put a smile on my face if someone walked past me wearing this t-shirt.

Check out the t-shirt here: DJ Vader at Urban Outfitters

 

 

fab finds

You can get a range of unique Ankara (African wax print) and Adire (hand-dyed, handmade tie dye) fabric shipped right to your door!

 

Urbanknit Studio

There is nothing I love more than looking at the workspaces of creatives on the net. Pinterest is a fantastic source for this. Be it artists, furniture makers, illustrators, designers, anyone who MAKES. There is just something about a creative space. A place filled with colour, tools, ideas, scraps, inspiration and much more. A place to make a mess without it being considered a mess. A place to experiment and test. So many possibilities…

Here is a little glimpse into my work space. Definitely my happy place. Apart from the obvious fabric, wool and equipment needed for work, it is home to quite a mix of what some would consider random objects. Postcards, books, origami, colouring books (to keep niece and nephews entertained) and more!

 

Urbanknit Studio

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Do you have pictures of your workspace or desk at work? Please send a link! Would love to see.

Have a great week!

 

Blackbird Vintage Store

This is the first in our features of independent shops. I am in search of cool, unique, quirky shops and boutiques that stock those hard to find, one-of-a-kind goodies. To get us rolling is the Blackbird Vintage shop in Leeds which is opening its doors on the 12th of July. So if you are in the area do join them for what promises to be a very fun launch party. Go along from noon and join the fun.

 

Blackbird Vintage Store

 

Blackbird Vintage has an amazing selection of vintage furniture, lighting and interior decor pieces. They also have a selection of other design finds like jewellery, pottery and so on.

Check them out! There is something about their aesthetic and approach that completely appeals to me. It looks amazing and I can’t wait to pay them a visit. Details at the end of this post.

 

Blackbird Vintage Store

My personal favourite for obvious reasons!

 


SHOP DETAILS

ADDRESS: 7 Stainburn Parade, Leeds

TELEPHONE: 07949 115695

OPENING TIMES: 10AM to 6.30PM

WEBSITE: www.blackbird-vintage.co.uk

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/blackbirdvintageleeds