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I released my menswear lookbook last week, and obviously couldn’t leave the females out!

This collection is kinda androgynous, but still has quite a few girly items with classic silhouettes. I’ve always loved shirts (and often get teased for having my top button done up at all times!), and so I remixed what is usually thought of as a male item of clothing and built the collection around that.

Photography and editing were done by Double E Studios, who did an amazing job!

Have a look at the pics below, hope you guys like it!

With love,
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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Friday Born Christmas Gift Guide!

So pretty much everyone is complaining about not having done enough Christmas shopping. At the same time, I’m preparing to head to Bless the Children International Home to give them their 2013 donation from Friday Born in just under two weeks!

I know a lot of people want to make a contribution to the work I’m doing via Friday Born, and a lot of people want to get their Christmas shopping done, so why not combine the two?! *cheesy grin and both thumbs up*

I’ve put together some of my favourite items which I think would make for great gifts

Unique African-inspired bow ties for daddy, the boyfriend, brother, uncle..?Image

For the fly guy or girl who’s all about streetwear…

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For the girly girl who loves bright prints and graphics

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And whilst you’re at it, why not get something to wear to the office Christmas party??

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You can order all of these items from my ASOS Marketplace page: http://www.marketplace.asos.com/seller/fridayborndesigns

I’m actually cringing at how cheesy this all sounds! But hey, it’s all for the kids. Check out the video from last year’s donation.

With Love, Afua x


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The Sankofa Exhibition

Last week I went to visit the Sankofa Exhibition at the Hackney Museum.

Sankofa is an Akan word which literally translates to “go back and get it”, and symbolises the importance of learning from the past. The aptly named exhibition is all about the origins of Black History Month in the UK, and the monumental campaigns, protests and events that characterise the history of Black British people. It also exhibits various aspects of popular culture, like music, hair styles and photos from Notting Hill Carnival.

For me, it was definitely eye opening. Whilst you may hear names like Martin Luther King, Marcus Garvey and Malcom X around schools in the UK, the heroes of Black history in Britain are largely neglected.

I definitely recommend the exhibition to anyone who wants an introduction to Black British History.

Check out some pictures below… (Disclaimer: my dad took a lot of them so forgive the over exposure and other imperfections!)

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