From Dakar to Paris: Thoughts on Africaba

From Dakar to Paris: Thoughts on Africaba

African fashion is increasingly becoming more popular. For years, we have seen lots of designers taking influences from African Fashion, even luxury shoe designer Christian Louboutin has recently joined the African Fashion movement. He launched a bag collection titled Africaba. The collection is in collaboration with Valerie Schulumberger and the women of La Maison Rose to create the limited edition Africaba bag, in aid of the La Maison Rose charity.


The collaboration was driven by craftsmanship of local artisans and economic equality. According to the Christian Louboutin website, each bag tells the stories of at least 40 artisans linked by their craft working half way around the world. The bags are supposed to be a special item because each bag fuses the traditional skills from various countries with the highest standards of craftsmanship and guarantees living wages for everyone involved. The bags are made out of a mix of different African fabrics and were embroidered in at La Maison Rose, Senegal. La Maison Rose is a place where “women learn the traditional Senegalese skill of embroidery, ensuring them a trade.” Before Africaba has reached its final destination on the arms of Christian Louboutin fans, it has traveled on a global journey of charity, community and artisanship all of its own. It travels through Mali, Senegal, India, Italy and France.

I love hearing stories of fashion houses paying attention to ethical and sustainable practices and I am excited about the idea of this collection. However, it would be great to have more transparency on this, I am curious as to how much of the retail price is actually going to the women from La Maison Rose.

What are your thoughts? Did any of you manage to snap up any of the pieces? Leave a comment below

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