MAMA AFRICA IN YOUR WARDROBE: L’ARTISANE INTERVIEW |EN|

Naila Missous
02.04.18
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Hailed as one of the capitals of fashion on the African continent, Senegal is pushing the envelope with its tribal inspired designs and a nod to its deep culture. L’artisane, a Dakar based brand spoke to us about their designs and style ideas.

 

Where is the item originally from?

I can’t tell, it’s our creation. We love to make Limited Edition pieces

 

What materials are used for make the item?

We use leather to make the bags and Bronze for the handle.

 

 

The Pingu – Serey Bag

 

 How would you style this piece?

A pair of jeans, a white shirt and a pair of converse.

 

 

 

What inspired the creation of this piece?

The Serey bag came to life in 2014 but it has been in the pipes for a couple of years.Through the years and collections, we were asking ourselves what would make our signature bag. The shape? The handle? The inside? We want a unique piece that would still be able to evolve. So it kind of just came to us.

 

 

 

Sidy Collection – The Khary Look

 

Where is the item originally from?

My grandfather closet, I’m always inspired when I go there

 

What materials are used for make the item?

Black&White  fabric and vintage embroiedery gold

 

What inspired the creation of this piece?

My grandfather. We want it people to wear a whole concept. When you see this piece,it remember you the old Dakar, the Vintage Dakar.

How would you style this piece?

I would wear it without the pink belt, and pair of babouches or Converse.

 

Sidy Collection – The Leuk Look

 

Where is the item originally from?

Orginally from a men’s closet!

 

What materials are used for make the item?

The Fabric is called Bazin. We use bazin specifically with geometric patterns.

 

What inspired the creation of this piece?

We want it to make a piece between a kaftan and a dress, and we put the bunny to make it fun and cool.

 

 How would you style this piece? Simple, like this with sandals

 

Jewellry – Fulani Bracelet

 

Where is the item originally from?

Fulani Earing from my tribe: The Fula. They are one of the largest groups in the Sahel.

What materials are used for make the item?

We use brass for the jewellery.

What inspired the creation of this piece?

We all know the fulani earings. We turn it away to make it an OVERSIZE piece which reminds us of Africa, and a wink to Fulani.

How would you style this piece?

Wear something simple in either white or black, so it can bring out the Bracelet which is a statement piece.

 

Shoes – Padam Sandals

 

Where is the item originally from?

These use to be the traditional sandals for the Fulas.

 

What materials are used for make the item?

We use our local leather to make them. It’s a long process to make one pair of shoes because everything, even the sole is made out of leather.

 

What inspired the creation of this piece?

Bring back traditional sandals!

 

How would you style this piece?

My dad’s shirt and with oversized skirt.