Patchouli of Rwanda

Flower Power: The 7 Virtue’s Patchouli of Rwanda Perfume

Patchouli of Rwanda, the newest fragrance from The 7 Virtues,  officially launches today – the UN International Day of Peace. With The 7 Virtues mission of Make Perfume Not War creating perfumes using essential oils from countries rebuilding after strife, it’s certainly an auspicious day. Rwanda joins the roll call that currently includes Afghanistan (rose and neroli), Haiti (vetiver) and the Middle East (sweeti grapefruit, lime … Continue reading Flower Power: The 7 Virtue’s Patchouli of Rwanda Perfume

OKUN: Africa Inspired Beachwear

Wandering through Covent Garden recently, my eye was caught by a new store setting up with fabulous yellow print wallpaper and the name OKUN, which I knew was a Yoruba word. Intrigued I popped in to find out more. ÒKUN (which means ocean) is a new London-based, Nigerian owned fashion brand producing male beachwear. The original designs are inspired by African prints such as Congolese Kuba, Ghanian Adinkra, … Continue reading OKUN: Africa Inspired Beachwear

Guinness Joins The Society of People of Ambience and Elegance

I see that Guinness have co-opted Congo’s Sapeurs for their latest TV ad. Dandies dressed to the nines, Sapeurs are a street style dream. The name derives from La Societé des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes, La Sape, which emerged in Congo as a civil disobedience sub-culture. The Society has strict rules governing everything from how to walk to show off clothes to their best advantage to … Continue reading Guinness Joins The Society of People of Ambience and Elegance

Lupita Nyong'o in January 2014 American Vogue issue, photographed by Christian McDonaldLupita Nyong'o in January 2014 American Vogue issue, photographed by Christian McDonald

Woman Crush Du Jour: All Hail Lupita Nyong’o

All hail the breathtaking Lupita Nyong’o, the Kenyan actress who stars in the epic 12 Years A Slave (I’ll be watching next week). A captivating presence on the red carpet over the last few months, she’s just made the cover of W Magazines movie issue. Lupita made British Vogue’s 2013 Best Dressed List and American Vogue named her one of its 10 Style Stars to Watch … Continue reading Woman Crush Du Jour: All Hail Lupita Nyong’o

Ty Tys: Ties With A Stylish Africa Inspired Twist

Wonder if I am the first person who has been inspired to write a style post after watching The Book of Mormon?! Mormon missionaries definitely rock a distinctive street style that can be spotted a mile off with their precise partings, white short-sleeved shirts and dark ties. In Book of Mormon there is a style twist which made me think of a cool company I … Continue reading Ty Tys: Ties With A Stylish Africa Inspired Twist

Unusual Holiday Idea: How About A Laughter Holiday?

One of the joys for my job is the seemingly random people I sometimes meet.  I got chatting to this nattily dressed Ethiopian gentleman at WTM simply because I liked his suit. He then told me he holds the world record for laughing – three and six minutes non-stop! That must surely send you hysterical in the original meaning of the world. Belachew Girma, officially … Continue reading Unusual Holiday Idea: How About A Laughter Holiday?