The launch of the Artisanal Gallery was a style loaded event attended by some of Kenya’s fashion gliteratti and lots of fashionable guests.
They all arrived styled to the nines in ensembles from various African designers with outfits worthy of the title, fashionista! Some notable industry guests included; Annabel Anyango, Namnyak Odupoy, Ciruma Mbare, Yvonne and Patti Endo, & Ann McCreath.
Gates to the event opened at midday and the two-level space was open for viewing and shopping. It is over these two floors where the sustainable African fashion & lifestyle brands will be housed, displayed and sold moving forward. These brands offer an array of womenswear, menswear, jewelry, socks, back packs, clutch bags, home decor items, notebooks, candles, baskets, rugs, carpets and mirrors.
Having allowed ample time to shop and interact with the designers, in the afternoon, part of the store was transformed into a whimsical space with a contemporary African aesthetic featuring a white, green & brown color pallet. This created a fresh and neutral atmosphere as the perfect backdrop of the much anticipated runway show.
The runway show was certainly the highlight of the entire launch event and guests were seated by 4PM. The layout of the room was cleverly done so that each person enjoyed a front row view of the collection was the fiercely beautiful models were strutting their stuff. This show featured an avant-garde showcase by Erika A. Styles, a contemporary dance showcase by Movement Artist, Collin Brianoh for Lilabare, and a fantastic mix of menswear and womenswear fashion.
Designers who showcased on the runway included:
Deepa Dosaja who showcased her signature floral prints on feminine womenswear;
Kipepeo who had a very feminine, summery, resort style collection, featuring a series of breezy outfits in neutral colors, clean lines and an understated elegance;
Wild Rose who had a collection of floral print menswear shirts;
Black Viking who had a collection of bold prints with a sporty feel for men and women;
Kikoromeo showcased their signature tie & dye print collection for both men and women,
Erika A. Style appeared with a fun and dramatic avant-garde showcase;
LILABARE showed a richly colorful, free flowing, easy to wear collection;
IAMISIGO from Nigeria presented their wearable art in a pink and red contrast collection which worked beautifully together.
Over 20 brands are now housed in The Artisanal Gallery. The Artisanal Gallery is an idyllic shopping destination for Made in Africa fashion and lifestyle brands with quality products, produced locally by small businesses who work with artisanal communities to create beautiful designs for all your lifestyle needs. The gallery is set in a compound which hosts an array of exotic cuisine eateries in the Craft Center at the heart of Gigiri, Nairobi.