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Go Kuwala! It's Your Birthday!

January 31 2017
In our third year, we diversified our brand, ran a giveaway and had a yummy brunch. We made some great connections and grew Kuwala. Here's our 2016 in review!
Amber Riley in African print

The Top 10 African Fashion Celebrity Moments of 2016

December 20 2016
From the red carpet to photoshoots, Lupita, Beyoncé, Amber Riley, Gabourey Sidibe and more celebrities were rocking beautiful African print styles.
Brown Beauties Brunching

Brunching and Wrapping with Brown Beauties

November 12 2016
Kuwala was at Brown Beauties Brunching by Four Brown Girls, where we explored the reconciliation between culture, identity, and fashion from the black female perspective.
It's a Giveaway! Win this Stunning Clutch

It's a Giveaway! Win this Stunning Clutch

August 8 2016
We're giving away this exclusive clutch purse to one lucky winner. Learn more on how to enter and increase your chances of winning our competition.
TWO marvellous full days of African culture & fashion

TWO marvellous full days of African culture & fashion

July 28 2016
We had an amazing time celebrating at Afrofest in Toronto. Check out some of our most memorable style moments at this iconic African festival.
Style Icon: Bold and unapologetic fashion flare of Erykah Badu

Style Icon: Bold and unapologetic fashion flare of Erykah Badu

July 13 2016
From headwraps and top hats to African prints, we review the iconic styles of the legendary soul-singer Erykah Badu.
African Fabrics 101: From Angelina Print to Dashiki Shirt

African Fabrics 101: From Angelina Print to Dashiki Shirt

June 8 2016

The word “danshiki” means “shirt” in Yoruba, a major language spoken in Nigeria by the Kwa people. Learn more about the Dashiki's history in this edition of Fabrics 101!

12 Teens rocking African-inspired Prom Dresses

12 Teens rocking African-inspired Prom Dresses

May 19 2016

We can't talk about prom without mentioning the most important part, the prom dress. With help from the Gram (Instagram), we found some very stylish teens who're slaying prom with style and make us want to have a prom do-over

Style Icon: Colours and prints with Solange Knowles

Style Icon: Colours and prints with Solange Knowles

May 3 2016
One celebrity that we've been crushing on for sometime now is talented singer-songwriter Solange Knowles. Join us in admiring some of her most gorgeous outfits!
Living Colorfully: 12 Instagram Style Bloggers to Follow in 2016

Living Colorfully: 12 Instagram Style Bloggers to Follow in 2016

March 15 2016

We’ve created a guide of our favourite style bloggers that will, hopefully, help you narrow down the time spent looking for African fashion tips and styles.

A Guide to African Fashion Weeks Around the World

A Guide to African Fashion Weeks Around the World

February 17 2016
From the spectacular runway shows to the lavish networking events, fashion weeks have become a cornerstone of the fashion industry. We've compiled a list of notable fashion weeks promoting African-inspired fashion around the globe.
Time sure does fly when Kuwala turns 2!

Time sure does fly when Kuwala turns 2!

January 11 2016
In Year One we focused on learning and growing, but in Year Two we change our focus to growing our connections. Check out our Year 2 in Review!
How She Hustles Fall Social & Pop-Up Shop

How She Hustles Fall Social & Pop-Up Shop

October 30 2015
Join Kuwala at an exclusive event by women and for women. Here's your chance to socialize and shop from local women entrepreneurs. 
Oh Chale! Kuwala Takes Ghana!

Oh Chale! Kuwala Takes Ghana!

October 26 2015
From tasting new dishes to partaking in wedding festivities, check out what we were up to in beautiful Ghana! 
Pop-up Shop: Habari Africa Festival & Summer Cocktail Reception

Pop-up Shop: Habari Africa Festival & Summer Cocktail Reception

August 8 2015
It's August and we're still setting up pop-up shops in the 6ix (thanks Drake!). Come find Kuwala at some of the chicest events in the city. 
Street Style: Afrofest (2015)

Street Style: Afrofest (2015)

August 4 2015
From ankara and chitenge prints to dashiki and kente cloths, there were many stylish individuals enjoying the festivities. Check them out!
2015 Half-year in review: African fashion in the spotlight

2015 Half-year in review: African fashion in the spotlight

July 10 2015
From prom to the red carpet, we're taking a look back at some notable people rocking some very gorgeous pieces from brands inspired by Africa.
An African City: Season 1 Style Recap

An African City: Season 1 Style Recap

July 2 2015
A while back, it was announced that An African City is filming season 2 and this news had the ladies at Kuwala smiling from ear to ear! While we're eagerly waiting for the new season, let's look over our favourite styles of season 1.
The Future of African Fashion at #FAC2015!

The Future of African Fashion at #FAC2015!

June 17 2015
In April, Kuwala travelled to London, England, for the Fashion Africa Conference. This was the perfect opportunity to mingle with some very interesting individuals involved in the African fashion industry.
Pop-up Shop: The Politics of Black Hair

Pop-up Shop: The Politics of Black Hair

May 21 2015

This event series is meant to "begin a deeper dialogue amongst our community, beyond the natural vs relaxed debate... [and] is intended to create a space where we can discuss the social, economic, historical, and environmental factors concerning Black Hair."

Fashion Africa Conference: An African Revolution

Fashion Africa Conference: An African Revolution

March 5 2015

Strategically held on Fashion Revolution Day, the Fashion Africa Conference will take place on April 24, 2015 in London. For the first time the event will be hosted by Africa Fashion Guide, a social enterprise dedicated to promoting the African fashion and textile industry with an ethical perspective.

After a Year of Learning and Growing, Kuwala Turns One!

After a Year of Learning and Growing, Kuwala Turns One!

January 11 2015

Get the cake ready because this month marks 1 year since we launched Kuwala! From the customers and bloggers to our mentors and partners, we are grateful to everyone that has supported Kuwala in our first year of business!

Black Market by Black Artists' Network in Dialogue

Black Market by Black Artists' Network in Dialogue

November 28 2014

Organized by the Black Artists' Network in Dialogue (BAND), the Black Market is a family friendly festival which brings together great food, shopping, performance and prizes.

TADC: Private Holiday Sale

TADC: Private Holiday Sale

November 9 2014

Kuwala has teamed up with The African Designers Club (TADC) to hold our first Private Holiday Sale for admirers of African-inspired fashion, home decor and beauty products. 

Fundraising for a Good Cause at Manyatta Cares (2014)

Fundraising for a Good Cause at Manyatta Cares (2014)

October 16 2014

This weekend, October 18th, Kuwala will be at the annual black tie fundraiser, Manyatta Cares. Organized by the Manyatta Network, this event is about building partnerships with community organizations that have a social impact.

Let's talk about Afrikadey!

Let's talk about Afrikadey!

August 12 2014

Afrikadey! – a word that comes from the broken English spoken in West Africa, which means “Africa is Alive, Africa is Well, Africa is There”. For a week each summer in Calgary, Afrikadey! Festival also celebrates the music, food, dance, theatre, film, literature and visual arts of Africa. This year, Kuwala attended the Afrikadey! Festival.

African Fashion Week Toronto 2014

African Fashion Week Toronto 2014

August 4 2014

When we launched Kuwala, our mission was to promote the African fashion industry internationally. Since then, Kuwala has become an official sponsor of African Fashion Week Toronto (AFWT), the biggest event dedicated to African fashion in Canada.

Street Style at AfroFest

Street Style at AfroFest

July 8 2014
We were at Afrofest this past weekend enjoying the sites and sounds of Africa. From the young to the young at heart, we spoke to the fashionable individuals that were wearing African clothing.
Pop-up Shop: #AfroChic2014

Pop-up Shop: #AfroChic2014

May 28 2014

We love pop-up shops because we get to meet you! Join Kuwala at the 5th and final AfroChic Cutural Arts Exhibit! Afrochic highlights the culturally rich energy of the distinct and colourful African-Canadian community of Toronto. This year the event will be hosted by the innovative Amanda Parris. You can also expect a great music mix by DJ Afroditee. Guests will be taken on a visual and musical journey inspired by the 80’s and 90’s.

An African Diaspora: Retaining and Redefining

An African Diaspora: Retaining and Redefining

May 12 2014

“A scattered population with a common origin in a smaller geographic area. It can also refer to the movement of the population from its original homeland.” (Merriam Webster dictionary)

Pop-up Shop: #MissAfropolitan2014

Pop-up Shop: #MissAfropolitan2014

April 28 2014

The Miss Afropolitan Beauty Pageant will be Kuwala's first pop-up shop since launching. Organized by the Afropolitan Week of Fashion and Arts, the pageant honours young talented ladies of African and Caribbean backgrounds in Canada.