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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.

Buying the Perfect Everyday Work Shoe:
7 Essential Tips

Buying the Perfect Everyday Work Shoe:
7 Essential Tips

Images from Magrit Shoes

4  min read

Okay, so those (above) may not be your everyday work shoes but they are beautiful and attention-grabbing! There are a few simple things to know when choosing a staple work shoe. One thing is that it doesn’t have to be a heel. Flats work just the same. If your profession is one where you don’t wear heels to work, i.e. ballet, then use this article as a guideline for your basic heel. The below tips will assist with your purchase and beyond. (Note: All shoes in this article are by Spanish brand, Magrit.)

1) Neutral Color
Pick a neutral color like black, nude, navy or brown. The color should be universal so you can easily pair it with multiple outfits without having to worry about going out to buy another pair of shoes.

2) Mid Heel Height
If you are going for a heel, then the right heel height matters. Be kind to your feet and pick a suitable height. Mid heel is around 3 inches, not too high as you’ll be running around all day and not too low if you’d like elongate the leg. However, if 3 inches is too high, then there’s nothing wrong going with a lower or kitten heel.

3) Quality Material 
Spend a little more money on something high quality. Usually a genuine leather or suede material will do the trick. Additionally, it is very important to make sure the lining of the shoe is also made of genuine leather. If so, the shoe will stretch over time and mold to your foot.

4) Shape and Cut
The most common toe shapes are pointy, circle, and almond. Each shape offers a different look and is completely up to the individual. Some shoes are cut narrow, others wide, and the rest medium (which is regular). What you need to know about the toe shape and cut is the comfort level can vary. Depending on the width of your foot, you may have to choose a wider shoe or different style for optimal comfort. 

5) Placement and Thickness
The heel is where you get the support of the shoe. Although, skinny needle point stiletto are hot, for your basic, everyday pump, pick something thicker. Also, a heel placed exactly under your foot provides more support than one placed farther away. If you are going for a flat shoe, then this is not an issue.

6) When Trying on Shoes
It’s a debate on whether the morning or evening is better for trying on shoes. Know this, it’s crucial to get the proper fit of your foot. As you move throughout the day, your feet swell, especially in heat, which can prevent a true read on the size; so does foot pain from your current shoe. Our recommendation is to try shoes on earlier in the day. As mentioned, leather stretches and will shape to your foot. That is why it’s crucial to make sure the lining is made of leather.

7) Longevity of Your Shoes
Invest in taking care of your shoes. Find a good cobbler and after some wear get the bottoms resoled and the heel caps replaced. This way your shoe will last longer. If you decide on a pair of Louboutin’s, high-end cobblers nowadays offer a red sole to keep up with the look. It’s also a good investment and well worth the money to polish leather shoes and clean suede regularly to keep them looking brand new. 

Raincoats to Inspire the Gloomiest Day​

Raincoats to Inspire the Gloomiest Day​

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2 min read

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.

Hod — Putting the “Je ne sais quoi” in Your Office Style

Hod — Putting the “Je ne sais quoi” in Your Office Style

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All Images from Hod Website

2  min read

When in Paris, you know what one of the best things to do is? Shop! This month discover Hod, a young Parisian brand that focuses on making you feel comfortable while looking sophisticated.

About the brand

You will know Hod by its bold prints and effortless, relaxed styles. The brand designs easy work pieces, dresses, and jackets that can go from casual to upscale with the change of your shoes. They pay particular attention to the quality of their garments and the manufacturing process. With each piece developed in Paris, you can expect nothing but the best, and the brand is a defender of that label.

Why It Made Our List

What puts Hod on our list are its fabulous trouser separates, which are constructed very nicely and fit even better, and well-tailored suits. While the silhouettes and fabrics selected for the suits change from season to season, the quality is always the same. With its playful pieces, this brand brings out the je ne sais quoi in you and an irresistible cool. Check out their current collection for some office inspiration. 

April is for Acler – Redrafting What A Blazer Could Be

April is for Acler – Redrafting What A Blazer Could Be

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All images from Acler

2 min read

They do some great stuff. This month’s brand to know is Acler.

About the Brand

Acler is a minimalism fashion brand helmed by two women from Australia. Their collection favors playing with lines and a monochromatic canvas; the results are anything but boring. They design with the brave in mind—the savvy, the beguiling, the ambitious—the woman that lives by her individuality.

Amazing Blazers

Season after season, a staple of each collection are its elegantly redefined blazers. To be clear, we should call these, “little pieces of art” not a blazer. Each blazer is sculpted meticulously and with detail, making them fit nicely and creating a well-tailored looked. Usually, they will design an equally artistic skirt, pant, or dress to complement. But they can be paired with anything and easily transition from work day to night event. Acler doesn’t stop there. This brand is serious about statement tops and dress for all your other professionalor non professionalwardrobe needs.