Good day everybody! Bonjour bonjour!
Guess who is back and back to blogging as well?
More on my trip to Cameroon and my business launch but I wanted to quickly share with you an amazing brand I had the pleasure of getting to know in Cameroon. Atelier Akande is what I would describe as a male and female clothing line that caters to the avant garde street wear dresser.
I visited the atelier in Bastos, Yaounde and from the outside, I assumed I would not be able to afford much more than a T-shirt but to my greatest shock, the prices were much more affordable than imagined and I was able to snag myself a net monochrome jacket which you would be seeing me style soon, and cost me 15,000 FCFA, which is the equivalent of about $35! There were unisex kimonos, double zipper bomber jackets-which is a signature of Akande's and more.
With brands, what gets my attention is of course the merchandise, but what keeps me coming back is more than that-it's the connection.
I was able to connect with Alexander, the founder and creative director behind Atelier Akande. This young and well-connected man is not just the face associated with his brand, but he is also behind all the decisions revolving around the clothing, logistics, branding, photography and everything in-between. We had lengthy discussions about the Cameroon fashion industry, or shall I say the lack thereof.
Without further ado, I am honored to be exclusively releasing the images from his Ankara Miami showcase of his latest collection- La Jungle, which translates to "The Jungle"
The pieces would be available within the next couple of weeks and I already know what I'm getting-the scuba cape!
Do make sure to follow Atelier Akande on Instagram Here