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All Eyes on Ghana’s Neo-Africa Brand for Power Dressing

All Eyes on Ghana’s Neo-Africa Brand for Power Dressing

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All images from Christie Brown website
Quick Read

Who says your professional image can only embody one aesthetic? For those that like to challenge what professional dressing—or dress to impress—means, I give you Christie Brown. A brand for you to tell your own story.

Why It Made Our List

For over a decade, we have been mesmerized by Christie Brown. Their interpretation of bringing African culture alive in contemporary designs is what puts this label on our radar. Every collection features simple, yet striking wearable pieces and standout accessories, which can be paired with slacks or dresses for a professionally creative ensemble.

About the Brand

Launched in 2008 by Ghanaian designer Aisha Obuobi as an extension of her lifelong passion for fashion, the brand has been a heavy player in Africa’s world of luxury. Growing up, Aisha was inspired by her seamstress grandmother’s creations and as a result named her business after her. Christie Brown is an apparel and accessories retailer and manufacturer, creating women’s bespoke and ready-to-wear statement pieces.

Where to Buy

Based in Accra, Ghana, the Christie Brown collection can be purchased at its flagship store or online. To see their past and current collection, hop on over to their website. Keeping a playful and mature women’s silhouette in mind, Christie Brown works towards bring meaning to neo-African culture.

Signature Style: Say Yes to An Eponine Dress

Signature Style: Say Yes to An Eponine Dress

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Everybody needs one beautifully tailored piece in their closet that makes them feel definitively more feminine. A timeless dress that tells a story of subtle elegance. Or a skirt that makes you feel both confident and coy. For that piece, we suggest you look to Eponine London.

About the Brand

Eponine is a British womenswear brand the specializes in bespoke and ready-to-wear dresses, skirts, coats, and jumpsuits. They offer a limited collection inspired by some of the best eras in women’s fashion—the 50s and 60s. Yet, their pieces are ageless and never out of style.  Easily worn with towering heels, sneakers, or cool flats, their garments are investment pieces for your closet—adding pizzazz to work events or making statements on the weekend.

Why It Made Our List

The dresses are made with vivid colors and vibrant prints that give their designs modernity and individuality. Each collection leaves an impression of detail and well thought out construction. This brand is for those who enjoy the classic silhouette of a woman, are daring enough to stand out in playful fabrics, and don’t care much about following trends.

Where to Buy

Ready-to-wear pieces can be purchased on their website. Couture garments are a process which can be initiated by contacting Eponine, more details on their website.

A Royal Player in the Wonderful World of Spanish Luxury Shoes

A Royal Player in the Wonderful World of Spanish Luxury Shoes

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Did you see their heels sprinkled throughout Buying the Perfect Everyday Shoe? Or perhaps you’ve seen a notable royal wearing them? Should your answer be no, then you’ve come to the right page. We’ll shine a bright light on your next go-to shoe brand. Because of their wide range of luxury designs that are crafted to be wearable for long hours and are dangerously hot, Magrit is on our list of international brands to know.

Royal Reputation

A long-standing player in the world of Spanish luxury, Magrit makes its name off their reputation. Not only do they produce a contemporary heel that can be worn to work and off-duty but also they make a fierce boot; one that is vibrant and makes waves. Just look to Queen Letizia of Spain who regularly rocks their footwear while attending to her royal duties.

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About the Brand

This Spanish shoemaker has been in the business for over 90 years. Their craftmanship emphasizes elegance and design without forgoing comfort. Each shoe is produced with expertise and high-quality materials which results in the loveliest pair of shoes made for walking. Additionally, they complement select styles with matching bags.

Where to Buy

The company is based out of Madrid where their main retail shop and sales points are located. If you can’t make it to Spain anytime soon, not to worry. They offer international shipping at Magrit.com and a bountiful selection to peruse.

Sugar or Spice, Earrings to Season up Your Professional Attire

Sugar or Spice, Earrings to Season up Your Professional Attire

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Of course, you’ve heard of Nakamol, right? A beloved, independent jewelry brand made in Chicago, IL, offering incredible statement pieces you could wear for work, special occasions, or no occasion at all.

Why It Made Our List

The brand has an expansive range of all types of jewelry but their intricately designed, handcrafted earrings is what lands them on our Bold & Daring list. With vibrant colors, stylish shapes and a myriad of materials, their earrings are a great mix of quirkiness, a splash of cool, and a lot of fun!

Each year they produce seasonal collections, some rival trendy styles and others are charmingly unique. But what makes their earrings binge-worthy is how bold yet versatile their pieces are and all priced economically which is important to the founder. They can easily be paired with your staple, white button up, a comfy basic tee and a blazer, or your smartest, most vibrant suit — because why not be bold?!

About the Founder

Nakamol founded her eponymous brand after emigrating to Chicago from a rural town in southern Thailand. Limited by her income, she started making and selling jewelry to local boutiques. Overjoyed by the community and following she amassed, Nakamol opened a store and made it a priority to continuously hire people from underprivileged backgrounds and provide them with a stable income while ensuring her prices are affordable to anyone wanting to looking nice but not at a steep cost.

Image from Nakamol.com

Where to Buy

Nakamol can be found online or at many national retailers like Von Maur or Nordstrom. The best part, you can always catch a sale on their website!

Whether you are matching their earrings with your simplest outfit or a professional look, Nakamol is your go to for spicing up your style, anytime, any day.

Raincoats to Inspire the Gloomiest Day​

Raincoats to Inspire the Gloomiest Day​

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Current Obsession Alert!

Whether it’s a heavy down pour or light mist, Rains has the perfect collection for hiding in the rain or being playful. Rains makes brilliant, fashionable pieces. With a touch of indulgence and high functionality, there is no need for your sartorial game to have an off day.

Rainwear That Goes Beyond Rain

Rains was founded in Copenhagen in 2012 with the goal of redesigning the traditional rubber raincoat. Now the brand has a full collection of rainwear and waterproof apparel and accessories. Each product is constructed with high quality fabric and finished with a chic silhouette. The colors across the collection are striking yet feminine, mod yet timeless. Coming in various styles and lengths, the brand provides options for fuller coverage to mid. While Rains is making a name for itself because of its’ rainwear, it also produces puffer coats that are worth a gander.

The Curve Jacket

Our favorite – Rains’ beautifully designed Curve Jacket. This style draws upon the individual who likes to look sharp even on the dullest of days. It has a smooth, fitted trench aesthetic, made with lightweight fabric, and ventilation, pulled together with a belt and cheeky fishtail. The best part, this design flatters almost any body type and it is versatile. You can match it with your most professional attire or relax it with jeans.

Slip on Rains on a rainy day or in between seasons. Regardless of when you wear it, you’ll make a splash.