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Alma Mater Lookbook

New Lookbook guys!

I released my last two lookbooks, “Top Button” and “Palm Wine and Teacups” back in 2014, so it’s been a while!

As always, Friday Born’s Collections are all about mixing contemporary with traditional, and this time I was inspired by recently graduating from uni, and hence named it ‘Alma Mater’.

The collection has a really preppy feel, with some direct collegiate references, such as the ‘est 1957’ jersey and the kente pinafore. I also loved the fabrics I sourced, in particular, the Great-Britain-themed kente in blue, red and white.

Double E studios, once again, smashed the photography and editing, and really helped to get my theme across with the set. My models, Raquel Okine, Seyi Onuga and Peter Essien slayed in front of the camera and my make-up artist, Eileen Ceokorie made them look perfect.

I really hope you guys like the lookbook! All the items are available for purchase here.

Afua x

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Palm Wine and Teacups

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NEW LOOKBOOOOOOOOK!!!!!!

I’m so excited to release this new lookbook! The name is really weird, right? Let me explain.

So I’m always talking about how Friday Born Designs is an amalgamation of Ghanaian and British culture, and this lookbook is following that same theme. The shoot was done in a typical British pub, with a typical British guy doing typical British things, but he isn’t dressed like your typical British guy (for those who don’t know, palm wine is a traditional African drink).

I designed this over a few months last year, sourcing the fabrics from London and various markets in Ghana. It took me a while to release it because I spent some time getting the right inspiration for the shoot, and I had to take breaks for exams and uni work etc.

But now it’s done, I absolutely love it.

Hayley Bennett did an amazing job of bringing my idea to life in the pictures. Have a look at them here, hope you like it!

With love,

Afua x

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Graduation Day!

So I’m not a doctor yet, but I had my first graduation yesterday!! A lot of medics take a year out of medicine to do an intercalated degree, which is what I did last academic year. My degree was in Management at Imperial College Business School. It was definitely a tough year since I haven’t studied anything non-scientific since GCSEs, but I definitely enjoyed learning about something completely different and gaining new skills.

The graduation was at the Royal Albert Hall, which made me feel kinda special, not gonna lie!

I wore an ankara suit that I designed for myself, and black pointy courts. Check out some of the pics below.

With love, Afua x

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So… where are you from?

Everyone has had that awkward moment. When you meet someone new and they ask you where you’re from, but you’re not sure if they mean which part of the country you’re from (which would be Hampshire in my case), which part of London you live in (which would be West) or which country you originate from (which would be Ghana).

So I went to ‘Africa Gathering’ a few weeks ago with a friend of mine, and during the tea break I got into a conversation with Caroline Kende-Robb, who’s the executive director of the Africa progress panel. So… the question came up – “where are you from?” and I gave my usual answer of, “my parents are from Ghana but I was born in Hampshire, and I live in London now.”

I’ve always hated saying “my parents are from Ghana” because even thought I wasn’t born there, I’m very Ghanaian! So the conversation continued and she mentioned that young Africans are so proud these days, I was like ‘yeah, yeah I’ve been saying this for months’ but then she said she’s noticed that second generation Africans are becoming an ethnicity in its own right.

She’s so right. Growing up, I’ve often felt like I don’t fit in properly anywhere. In the UK, I was the African kid, and whenever I visited Ghana, I was the British kid. My white friends were scared to eat the orange coloured rice my mum offered them whenever they came over because they knew it would make their mouths burn, and my Ghanaian friends spent 50% of our time together laughing at my inability to speak Twi well enough. There are some things that only second generation Africans understand, and answering ‘Hampshire, London or Ghana’ to that golden question is never adequate.

One thing I talk about a lot is how beautiful it is to be a part of this generation of young British born Africans are so proud to be African. Everyone remembers how West Indians were the cool black people ten or so years ago. We all wished our parents were blasting soca instead of Daddy Lumba, come on, you know it’s true.

If you’ve got any thoughts, drop me a comment 🙂

With love, Afua x