It has been a privilege and honour to introduce to you all, Kenya’s very own handbag couture brand MAASAI COLOUR. I don’t think I could emphasize enough the beauty and detail that goes into a MAASAI COLOUR handbag!
Maasai Colour celebrates the skill of true artisans with a collection of sustainable accessories for the conscious fashion enthusiast. Combining the bold colours and striking beadwork prevalent in African designs with the contemporary and classic style of London, Maasai Colour’s unique ladies handbags deliver fashion with flair.
Every bag is handcrafted in Kenya by a team of five talented local artisans; each bead design has over 700 stitches, and only three bags are produced a day. Headed up by three entrepreneurs in London, they work with production manager, Mary Mwangi, who oversees the Nairobi workshop. Trained in Milan, Mary has worked alongside the head tailor, Martin, for designers such as Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood and Fendi before joining the team. To ensure exceptional quality and authenticity, each bag takes hours to carefully make by hand, before undergoing rigorous quality checks from Mary.
Founder of Maasai Colour, Sonam Haria grew up in Nairobi and moved to London for University. Inspired by the eclectic fashion scenes of both cities, Sonam set about creating a product that would unite the Maasai’s unique designs with London’s celebrated classic and contemporary style. Each bag’s colour reflects a unique character of the Maasai region, whilst the bold beadwork pays homage to the skills and designs made famous by the tribe. The classic tote shape, hugely popular in London, combined with leather handles and detailing, reminisces Britain’s affinity for luxury and traditional craftsmanship.
The brand has big ambitions but simple principles: to create beautiful and original pieces that showcase African design, and to help create stability in Kenya. Supporting local businesses and creating jobs in the community, Maasai Colour hope to go further and begin an internship programme to provide vocational skills to impoverished men and women. The Maasai Colour Fund also plans to provide micro-loans and mentoring to help ambitious Kenyan entrepreneurs to start their own businesses.
Finally an African brand that has created a piece that can be incorporated or put together with your daily looks (not just african themed attire). I was inspired to try one of my high fashion pieces with the handbags to test how well they could go together and I believe it can be paired with almost every look.
Handbags: MAASAI COLOUR
Dress: Bardot Australia
Black and White blazers (2 pieces) : La Elegant
Yellow Blazer: Zara
Boots: La Elegant