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25 Oct

African Design

Yes, this article may have cheesy beginnings, nevertheless whilst watching BBC Earth – Africa on Netflix, I felt myself becoming all romantic and nationalistic.

Life in Africa is one of constant turmoil and uncertainty, as David Attenborough’s voice rings majestically out the speakers about how only the strong survive, I think to myself this pertains to the humans of Africa too (Corny as that might be).

Loyalty and a sense of patriotism run through my veins thus I will list a few of my favourite Female designers from across Africa.


Cape Town based jewellery designer Gisele Human’s work has my heart. Delicate brass ornaments that can not only be worn but also deserve to be framed and observed from a distance. Stirred by nature and asymmetrical forms, these pieces take on a life of their own.

To find out more about WAIF contact Gisele at or visit WAIF


WAIF Jewellery



Fabrica is a South African consultancy with a range of products under its belt. Founded by Designer Kirsten Townsend, these products speak of well-considered ideas, and careful thought to bring them to life . From burglar bars to ApotMents where she collaborated with Ash Ceramics , a sense of humour and light-heartedness runs through everything she makes.

To contact, Kirsten to find out more about what she does contact her at or visit Fabrica



Photo by Kirsten Townsend.



Founded by Akosua Afriyie-Kumi, her dream was to show the world the hand weaving techniques used by Ghanaian women, all the while utilising her brand as a platform to create sustainable job creation within Africa. Modernistic while still holding strong to tradition, these bags show the intricacies of ancient African craft. I will be toting around with my Manni Mini Noir this season.


Photos and Campaign by CandyBlackDesign



Mevrou And Co were started by the talented and witty trio Catherine Raphaely, Maybe Corpaci and Mary-Anne Grobler. Their insight into the Afrikaans culture, and it’s beautifully emotive way of expressing how people feel bring to light the colour and humour of growing up in the SA. The strikingly designed unisex T-Shirts are everything I need in life and more. I will be buying them all.





Sindiso Khumalo is a Botswana-born designer raised in Durban. Sindiso’s focus on sustainable textile development for woman’s wear. Drawing from various inspiration points such as her Ndebele and Zulu heritage, she was also influenced by the Bauhaus Movement, which followed trends such as the arts and crafts movement of the 19th and early, 20th centuries. Sindiso’s textiles speak to what Africa is today, we draw from all the sources around us and dig deep into the heritage that formed our story.

Visit Sindiso Khumalo




As David Attenborough’s voice comes to a close, I finish off this article. Yes being patriotic in SA is not always a popular choice, however, the corny and somewhat romantic part of me is proud of what this country and this continent continue to achieve despite it all.


All the photographs for this article were sourced from the brands themselves. Everything has been linked to where the original source was found.

Daniella du Plessis
  • Gisele Human

    Thank you for this beautiful feature! Your pride is shared in the beautiful things that come out of this beautifully raw, crazy place we call home.

    October 25, 2016 at 9:23 am Reply
  • Mevrou & Co.

    Dankie for the mention in this feature Daniella!
    We’re loving your website 🙂

    October 25, 2016 at 6:55 pm Reply

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