Adèle Dejak – 100% sourced + made in Africa

Kenau Clutch - Maasai cloth and brass fittings Marzia Sisal Bag - sisal, leather and cotton lining.

By Kate | Women
Posted Sep 23, 2012

Kenyan, Adèle Dejak creates handmade fashion accessories made in Africa. Inspired by African shapes, textures and traditional techniques, the cutting-edge pieces sit perfectly between artifact and high fashion statement designs.

Blending traditional craftsmanship with the sophistication of design, the collections express Dejak’s acute appreciation for African-made fabrics, including Kuba cloth and kitenge (wax print). We love her dedication to using recycled materials including rice and cement sacks, brass, aluminium and glass and her commitment to employing some of the most talented artisans in the East African region.

Invited to participate in Vogue Talents, as part of Milan Fashion Week, where Vogue Italia editor in chief Franca Sozzani and her U.S. counterpart Anna Wintour toured the stands to chat to participants, Dejak had a chance to chat with Wintour, whose words of support left Kenyan designer Adèle Dejak visibly energized. “She was just very complimentary — I was really shocked,” she said. Dejak, whose brightly patterned handbags are 100 percent sourced and made in Africa, hopes the Vogue Talents event will prompt European buyers to pick up the brand, which is sold online at (quoted from WWD)

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