Wednesday, 16 April 2014

"A lion doesn't concern himself with the opinions of a sheep." Oprah Winfrey

 

Haute Stylish Moment: Bridgette Amofah at Coachella 2014..........


Bridgette Amofah of Rudimental onstage for day 3 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 13, 2014 in Indio, California.

 


"Coachella 2014 and decided to wear latex. And What. Hat courtesy of @hardwareldn and latex 2 piece custom made by @hangerinc the beautiful @cyurika xx #rudimental #rudimentalculture #coachella2014" Bridgette Amofah

 

 

Paulina says: While for some this year's Coachella Festival was all about rapper Kid Cudi, who according to some -has literally outed himself by wearing that navel revealing errrm t-shirt thingy, and has proven himself to be very much part of that uber exclusive, powerful black men on the down-low in the music and film industry who will not let you in unless you errrrm take part in one of those rich-old-men-mansion-party-rituals-circle-thingy (come on you know what I mean) -------for true fashionistas, it was all about Solange Knowles but for those of us in the know -it was all about Ghana Rising fave, chanteuse Bridgette Amofah!!!!

Dressed to kill and having the time of her life -our Bridgette Amofah a singer for Rudimental, added the Coach-to-the-ella and made this year's event beyond memorable!!!! Thus, I'm guessing that while some wait to see if Kid Cudi will wear the 'dress' and become part of the 'circle' --true music lovers and innate style watchers will be watching to see just how big Bridgette Amofah's about to blow-up..... Go Bridgette, go Bridgette xxx

For more info about Bridgette Amofah visit: https://www.facebook.com/bridgette.amofah.3
https://twitter.com/BridgetteAmofah & http://instagram.com/bridgetteamofah
 

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Peace Hyde Drives The Internet Crazy................







Title: African Queen! Ghanaian Beauty’s RIDICULOUS Body Damn Near Broke The Internet

Dated: April 15th 2014


Ghanaian Beauty Drives The Internet Crazy God is good. All the time. And all the time God is good. You want to know what real beauty is? It’s right there in the Motherland with a woman by the name of Peace Hyde. All we know is this: we want to go to Ghana as soon as possible because we’re in love. Here are her pics…whoo lawd!

Source: http://bossip.com/947503/ghanaian-beauty-drives-the-internet-crazy39204/

Nana Aba says: New Ghanaian actress Peace Hyde may not be the usual Ghana Rising material but she is causing quiet a stir in Ghana, thus I wasn't surprised to read this article by uber popular 'black' gossip website -Bossip. I'm guessing she has a very bright future ahead and behind her....

 

"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." - Albert Einstein



 
 
 

Objects of Desire: Adinkra Inspired Luxe Jewellery by Jendayi Collection



Naya White Topaz Ring 14K
Gorgeous Diamond accented White Topaz set in our signature Gye Nyame Undercarriage Basket

Center Stone: White Topaz. Carat: 3. Size: 8x8mm. Semi Mount: 14k White Gold Diamonds: .25 tcw. Color: H-I Clarity: SI. Great Diamond Alternative. Also available in faceted Clear White Quartz Crystal.
For more inquires give us a call 323-898-7468 or visit Jendayi.com
 

 

Adinkra Symbol: Odo Nyera Ne Fie Kwan South African Sugilite Pendant with Adinkra Symbol Love Lights Its Own Path & Never Gets Lost On The Way Home. 14k white gold. Diamonds 33pts. 92 individually hand set diamonds. Stunning piece. Stone: Hand cut South African Sugilite. Also available in Black Onyx, Lapis & Turquoise. Approximate Length: 15mm

 

 

Sankofa Heart Collection* (Go Back and Fetch It) Sankofa Heart- Respect for heritage, history and wisdom of the elders. The curved ends represent reaching back to retrieve and revive the honorable and useful aspects of ones past to guide the present and future.

 
Prices: POA
Purchase from: http://jendayi.co


Paulina says: Uber luxurious, beautifully designed quality jewels made from real diamonds and gold and silver et al ---and culturally significant, -whats not to love? I covet all of Jendayi Collection's Adinkra inspired pieces --and can't get enough of the above lovelies!!! I'm thinking that its time to grow up and investment in real pieces like the collectables and future heirlooms above!!! For more information about Jendayi Collection visit: http://jendayi.co & https://www.facebook.com/JendayiCollection

Objects of Desire: Nyame Biribi Wo Soro Gold Earrings (Assorted Shapes) by Ebenezer Akakpo Designs





 

 
Price: From $42 - $54
Purchase from: http://www.stylevisa.com/akakpo-co-nyame-biribi-wo-soro-gold-earrings-assorted-shapes.html

 

More Info:
These earrings are from Akakpo & Co., a made in the USA brand that produces handcrafted, affordable earrings featuring traditional Ghanaian symbols called Adrinkra. All designs are created by Ebenezer Akakpo, a native of Ghana who is now based in Maine. These earrings feature the Nyame Biribi Wo Soro symbol, which stands for hope. Featuring 22kt Gold plated over Brass and 14kt Gold Filled Ear wire.

Available in Square, Square Hoop, Round, Round Hoop and Oval designs.

Size: Oval Earrings: 2" drop by 1" wide; Square, Square Hoop, Round & Round Hoop Earrings: 2" drop by 2" wide.

 
For more info about jeweller Ebenezer Akakpo visit: http://www.akakpo.com/
https://www.facebook.com/akakpoco

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Fashion: CNN Celebrates Heel the World.......




"Deegbe is determined to put Ghana firmly on the map of luxury shoemaking: "Eventually people will not think of HTW and question it anymore -- people will think about it and think quality and think the most awesome brand coming out of Africa," he says." CNN



Made in Ghana: Luxury shoes put sparkle in your step
Dated: 9th April 2014

Every week, African Start-Up follows entrepreneurs in various countries across the continent to see how they are working to make their business dreams become reality.
 
(CNN) -- Fred Deegbe was standing outside a shop window five years ago, marveling at the shiny pair of wing-tip Oxfords he'd just bought, when he started wondering whether such beautiful designer shoes could ever be produced in his country, Ghana.

"Impossible," a nearby shoeshine boy purposefully declared after being asked by Deegbe; later, at home, his friends were equally dismissive. "Everyone was convinced that these high-end shoes could not be made in Ghana," recalls Deegbe.
 
Everyone? Not exactly.
 
Despite not having any real knowledge about the shoe market, Deegbe, who was a banker at the time, decided to prove them all wrong and take on the world's leading shoe brands. Soon after, he teamed up with a friend and started Heel The World (HTW), a high-end shoemaking company based in Accra, Ghana.
 
That was in 2011, and one year later Deegbe quit his banking job to dedicate himself fully in his new ambitious venture.
 
"We started buying machines (and) brought them over to the house," says the young entrepreneur, who launched the company from his parents' garage. "We had no intentions of starting the factory in the house, but one thing led to another and we just had to start."
 
 
Currently, HTW has five full-time employees.
 
 
Wearing it with pride
Inside the HTW workshop, underneath fashion images hanging from its bright yellow walls, the startup's workers are busy cutting pieces of leather and gluing soles at their work stations.
The materials are imported from places like the United States and Italy but all shoes are crafted by hand here.
 
It's a meticulous task, one the HTF staff tend to perform while wearing their bespoke creations -- anything from retro brogues and elegant loafers to stylish dress slippers and eye-catching Oxfords.
"They want their friends to ask them, 'Where did you buy that?' and they say, 'no, we made it; we made it in a garage, in Accra, with our own hands,'" says Deegbe.
 
 
The company produces a wide variety of styles.
 
 
Convincing people
HTW, which currently has five full-time employees, has built a website to take orders and relies heavily on social media for marketing. Yet, one problem for some potential customers is the cost -- from between $200 to $400, the price would be limiting anywhere, let alone in Ghana, where many people are still hit by economic hardship despite the country's remarkable growth and record poverty reduction in recent years.
 
"That's an uphill challenge that we still face," says Deegbe. "It's because most of this stuff is imported," he explains.
 
 
"You have to convince people that these things can be made here and these things is worth all the money we are asking for," he adds.
 
Proving doubters wrong
HTW has also started producing accessories such as so-called "empowerment beads" -- these are handcrafted creations made of glass and brass that are designed to represent all the hard work that goes into reaching a goal.
 
It's something Deegbe has learned first-hand, having taken the challenge of launching HTW to demonstrate that a high-end shoe brand can be made in Ghana.
 
"The good things is we're all quite young in the company -- everyone's under 30 -- and we have a long time to prove people wrong," says Deegbe.
 
"Eventually people will not think of HTW and question it anymore -- people will think about it and think quality and think the most awesome brand coming out of Africa," he adds. 


 

 
Paulina says: A big congratulations to team Heel the World who can now boast of having CNN profile their brand --clap clap!!!

This pioneer of made-in-Ghana shoe brand truly deserves the accolade -and much success -they have paid their dues, but they mustn't 'rest on their laurels'!!!

CNN is an incredible platform, offering uber exposure --but that means ---the world will be watching and taking note (and some might be copying -welcome to the real world). Thus, its now time for team Heel the World to up their game, luxe-up their website, get stockists in London, NYC, Paris and SA --and keep their FB fan page up-to-date!!! But all in all -good luck to team Heel The World. x

For more info about Heel The World visit: http://htwshoes.com/site/
https://www.facebook.com/Heel.the.World.HTW
http://instagram.com/htwshoes


P.S ---The Heel The World's write-up by CNN goes to show just how very important it is for the likes of bloggers/websites/Ghanaian media-rites (and beyond) like me to write about made-in-Ghana labels/services/goods!!!

We also need to be aware/understand that the world (because of the Internet/Social media) has gotten smaller -thus, one can no longer afford to limit oneself or brand or services et al1!! Also, it is imperative that Ghanaian media-folk start to add contact details to all articles -otherwise what is the point????

Note, this............"I will talk/write about you to big-up my own website/blog/newspaper but I won't bring business your way ---green eyed monster must stop --now!!!! Just saying...