Esther Mahlangu

From Homes to Cars: How Esther Mahlangu Took Ndebele Art Global

March 15 2017
As a custodian of Ndebele traditions, Esther Mahlangu has dedicated her life to promoting Ndebele art internationally, in order to preserve her culture.
Kuwala Meets customers

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.
Madiba's signature bold and colorful shirts

Madiba's signature bold and colorful shirts

September 12 2016
Nelson Mandela stood out from his political peers in his signature brightly coloured, patterned shirts. Learn more about his signature hand-printed batik shirt.
Stunning African Fashion at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games!

Stunning African Fashion at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games!

August 18 2016
From Cameroon to Burundi, Kuwala takes a look at the African fashion looks of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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.
Duro & Iris: A Friendship Based on the Art of Fashion

Duro & Iris: A Friendship Based on the Art of Fashion

June 17 2016
Today we're paying tribute to two fashion icons and long time friends, renowned fashion designer Duro Olowu and eccentric fashionista Iris Apfel.
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!
Nicki Minaj and Diddy rocking Kente outfits!

Nicki Minaj and Diddy rocking Kente outfits!

January 2 2016
Ghanaian illustrator, Denny Owusu, shows us our favourite celebs rocking traditional African outfits.
Concluding 4 Days of Marvellous Style! Our #LFDW Picks (Part 2)

Concluding 4 Days of Marvellous Style! Our #LFDW Picks (Part 2)

November 28 2015
This is part 2 of 2 of our favourite runway looks spotted at the 2015 Lagos Fashion and Design Week. Be sure to check out part 1 of this celebration of African fashion.
Over 50 Designers at 1 Extravaganza! Our Top Picks from #LFDW2015! (Part 1)

Over 50 Designers at 1 Extravaganza! Our Top Picks from #LFDW2015! (Part 1)

November 15 2015
Over 50 creative designers showcased at the 5th Lagos Fashion & Design Week (LFDW), which took place on October 28th - 31st. Here are our favourite looks from the first 2 days of this 4-day extravaganza!
African Fabrics 101: Kente Cloth

African Fabrics 101: Kente Cloth

November 7 2015
Kente has geometric shapes woven in bright colors along the entire length of the strip. Learn more about this royal cloth.
Top Runway Looks at #GFDW2015

Top Runway Looks at #GFDW2015

November 4 2015
This year's Ghana Fashion & Design Week (GFDW) took place at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra. We put together a list of our favourite looks, check it out!
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! 
African Fabrics 101: Nsu Bura

African Fabrics 101: Nsu Bura

August 13 2015
Most African fabrics have a story behind them and this one is no different. Created by Vlisco in 1936, the Nsu Bura print is a simple design that has become a staple in African fashion.
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 Everyday (June)

Pop-up Shop: The Everyday (June)

May 27 2015
From vintage clothing to unique home decor, handmade jewelry to African-inspired fashion, join Kuwala at The Everyday collective pop-up shop this June.
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."

Top 10 Designers at #MBFWJ2015

Top 10 Designers at #MBFWJ2015

March 18 2015

Earlier this month, South Africa’s top designers revealed their autumn/winter collections at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg (MBFWJ).

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.

Beautiful Chitenges of Malawi

February 27 2015

The friendly faces, rich natural foods and fantastic weather are some of the things that make Malawi the warm heart of Africa. One of the great things about this hidden treasure is Lake Malawi. There is just something special about the serene clear blue waters, white sandy beaches and tasty chambo (local fish). 

Duro Olowu: Senegalese-inspired vintage collection

Duro Olowu: Senegalese-inspired vintage collection

February 13 2015

In a mesmerizing fashion film, Senegalese model Kinee Diouf shows off the SS2015 collection from Nigerian label Duro Olowu.

The Think collection by Vlisco

The Think collection by Vlisco

January 21 2015

Great news! Vlisco has launched a new collection called Think! Inspired by Bauhaus' architectural and minimalistic design philosophies, this collection contains a dazzling array of new fabrics and colours.

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!

ITC: Fashion Design from Africa 2015

ITC: Fashion Design from Africa 2015

December 28 2014

The ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative is scouting the African continent for creative fashion and accessories designers interested in building a global brand that values and is committed to high quality artisanship.

Dorovee: Eco-friendly fashion brand launches crowd-funding campaign

Dorovee: Eco-friendly fashion brand launches crowd-funding campaign

December 16 2014

Dorovee launches a crowd-funding campaign to help build a production centre to house her production team.