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NEW COLLECTION: RESPLENDIA

“With this collection I was inspired to create a haven amidst chaos and uncertainty. Exploring distressed, sheepskins, metallic calfskins, Her’s talisman on new shapes and textures; Resplendia represents Hope in the face of hopelessness, Faith as opposed to fear, and belief over defeat”

ZA

SUSTAINABILITY

At the core of our brand is the ethos of Sustainability; although a buzzword that has gained traction (and rightly so) over the last few years, the ways in which we are sustainable varies and are unique to our county and History. 

  • All leathers used are locally sourced Light skins from reared Sheep and Goats 
  • Most are embossed skins; which are created by using heat to create specific patterns on natural grains of animal skin.
  • Real Exotics are a by-product of local communities who consume the meat; though considered exotic to many, it’s indigenous to us. We work with the communities who offer up the rare skins up to 3 times a year.
  • Thus our exotics pieces are even more rare as access to real sustainable skins is limited
  • Leather sourced as a by product of the locally produced and farmed meat industry is one of the most sustainable materials on earth; it lasts for centuries and is biodegradable.
  • The 2 Islamic annual Eid celebrations sees skin from all over West Africa come to the commercial hub of Nigeria to be processed as leather and exported by local tanneries.
  • Upcycling by partnering with local tanneries who also produce for the International market; We relieve them of luxuriously produced “Out of Season” leathers dictated by the fast pace of traditional fashion. 
  • We marry this International expertise with our local production, creating jobs for skilled artisans who are otherwise neglected due to fast pace of traditional fashion. We thus keep alive indigenous leather working traditions that are centuries old.
  • Which is what drives our One of a kind, numbered Limited Edition collections.
  • Our business is sustained by the demand of our community; which is why you are integral to it.

The Bespoke Journey

This year we invited you into a world of creating custom pieces and giving yourself that reward you deserve. We also introduced you to The Hero Madam, as well as sharing leather combinations that will be perfect to make your unique Hero Madam. If you missed out on this article check it out here – CREATING YOUR CUSTOM BAG – THE HERO MADAM

The journey of creating something special for oneself is fulfilling, indulgent and an excellent example of being kind and loving to one’s self. Too often, especially as women, we put our needs last, taking care of everyone else and neglecting our needs.

The bespoke journey begins by choosing a style, sharing your ideas and fantasies with us via a questionnaire, choosing the leathers, accessories, linings and more. We invite you to live vicariously through a collector’s bespoke experience, as we share never before seen images and details of the process.

Enjoy x

Initial ideas incorporated a flexible, delicate, almost-like-jewellery hollow brass handle I envisioned
Similarly, the idea of this handle came from a piece of jewellery I had designed, exploring ideas of duality and integration into the Whole.
3D rendition
3D rendition
After many months of trying to produce the originally designed handles with various challenges, we changed course mid design and the client enlisted the help of jewellery designers to explore the feasibility of creating a Dragon handle.
I loved the idea of the handles and thought it would work beautifully with the bags.
Alpha Madam in mid brown, heat treated amethyst stone and golden Dragon handle.
Executive Box bag in black snake embossed leather, lilac spirit quartz stone and burnt bronze Dragon handle.

Timeless Rugs for Home or Office

I moved into a new home almost in September last year and whilst searching for floor rugs, was dismayed to find that almost everything available was imported. I wanted something luxurious, beautiful AND locally made, so I decided to make my own.

My Rose Quartz Den
Patchwork rug, Shop in link below

Our handmade rugs are meticulously crafted using traditional methods that originate from Northern Nigeria. Leather is sectioned off into 1 meter squares by hand, perforated and then skilfully handwoven, the rugs are made from goat hides, cowhides and embossed leathers.

Each piece of rug is bound in leather, lightly cushioned and fully lined for your comfort. Each piece measures roughly 70″ x 70″ and takes a period of 3 weeks to make each.

The pieces are cut into 1 meter seed squares
And then Handwoven

The play of textures of the hides and skins adds warmth to any space, making it a perfect choice for the home or office. It is also suitable for wall hanging as the harmonious blend tradition and modernity grace your space with effortless elegance.

Almost complete!

This breathtaking creation would make a gorgeous gift!

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Healing Nigerian Crystals

I’ve always been drawn to crystals and gem stones, especially in their rough, unpolished form. However I didn’t connect with their healing properties personally until December 2018 where I was guided to begin using them to heal old traumas lodged in the physical body that can be hard to shift. Since then, my collection has grown, sourcing sustainably derived rough stones from mostly Northern Nigeria.

Clear Quartz, Amethyst, Smoky Quartz Cluster

In lay man’s terms, the crystals hold a specific frequency
(absorbed from the depth of the earth where they form,) within their structure, that affects one, or the environment where it is placed; assisting one to benefit from the healing energies of the frequency. I see them as exquisite gifts from our Creator to aid us on our journey towards enlightenment

If you wish to start using them, bear in mind that they also absorb negative energy from others and the surroundings, so be sure to educate your self on how and when to clean and charge your crystals so that you are always benefitting.

Deep Purple Amethyst Cluster

I have some favourites, Rose Quartz, which holds within it the highest frequency, Love; out of which we were created, and Amethyst for its powerfully protective and purifying qualities. These two in particular are really accessible for beginners also. If there are any stones in particular you’d like, please let us know.

Here’s to healing, growing, and loving ourselves and each other x

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From The Designer

Meet Me On Sirius, Thanksgiving Party, Dec 2019
Guests on Sirius
Me – “Are you a baby or a boy? Zie – “I’m a baby boy”. Transiting in Joburg on a mini vacay
King Zie has kind people doing all sorts of things for him…
Bats at Sunset, Lagos
Zainab, Hafsah and Karimah Ashadu at Christmas in Hamburg
Family time on a freezing Ship Museum in Hamburg, Christmas 2019

Hope is a Frequency

Warm winds depart, a cool breeze enters 

Waves ahead us crash; a steady flow,

Transluscent crabs dive helter skelter,

Dashing and darting, disappearing into sand holes.

Ships sail somnambulant out of sight,

Darkening aquamarine waters,

And blue-grey gun metal skies.