Lalesso – wraps you in African sunshine

By Kate | Women
Posted Jun 8, 2010

Depending on where you live – half of you have no idea that ‘world cup mania’ has begun and for the rest of us -it seems like all the world has their eyes on South Africa. We like to stay On Trend – so let’s look at South Africa – but fashion not footie (a.k.a. soccer). Lalesso was launched in Cape Town in 2005 by Alice and Olivia, who met while studying fashion design in Cape Town. The pair traveled to Olivia’s home country of Kenya over a holiday where they were inspired by the beautiful “khanga” or “lesso” which prompted the creation of their trademark Lesso skirt. The ‘lesso’ is actually a spotted handkerchief brought to the East African Coast in the 19th century from India. This Maridadi dress hugs the curves in all the right ways. The strapless top is flattering and demure whilst the pocket detail updates the feel (not recommended for a C cup or larger). £ 45.00.

This Kifungo dress is flirty and fun! The back strap detail creates a unique twist to this ultimate mini. The coconut buttons are hand carved by previously unemployed ‘beach boys’ in Kenya, providing them with a sustainable income. £ 38.00. All Lalesso garments are made in Kenya by SOKO, an eco and ethical clothing production unit that Alice and Olivia founded. SOKO was established as a charity, although the considerable work that has been created for all employees allows for the profits to be regenerated into various community projects and schools etc.

This Mbari playsuit is perfect for summer. The bold prints will make your playsuit to one to be in. It is loose and comfy, easy to slip on over a bikini after a splash in the water or to glam up with some wayfarers and gladiator sandals for some high street cruising. £43.00. Lalesso also strives to involve as many talented local artisans within their designs. The coconut buttons are hand carved by unemployed beach boys, the beaded bracelet that you will receive on your swing tag is hand made by masaai beadsmen, the crochet is made by Zimbabwean refugee nuns, the brass embellishments are made by the disabled people at the Bombolulu workshop and so on… Lalesso is exclusively a summer fashion line, so buy now – whilst the sun shines. Ships everywhere.

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