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Thrift Social: Fashion Cities Africa

14 June 2016 No Comment

Nairobi-based, thrift-loving fashion bloggers www.2manysiblings.tumblr.com will share style tips at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery on Thursday, 16 June, as part of the Fashion Cities Africa exhibition.

Thrift Social 2ManySiblings: Fashion Cities Africa Brighton

The brother-sister duo, Papa Petit and Velma Rossa, have become renowned across Kenya and beyond for their unique style; built by teaming vintage and second-hand clothing with traditional East African fashions.

The pair use their online profile and events in Nairobi to promote thrifting and now bring their ‘Thrift Social’ night to Brighton, to encourage fashion-lovers to thrift, swap, shop, upcycle, pose and photograph – all accompanied by music and drinks. Ethical ‘fashion and make’ brand AfroRetro will also run a print workshop to help you customise clothes you can either bring with you or buy on the night.

Thrift Social 2ManySiblings: Fashion Cities Africa Brighton

Two days later the duo will be in conversation with Africa fashion specialist and author of Fashion Cities Africa Hannah Azieb Pool to talk art, fashion and style.

Thrift Social for Fashion Cities Africa will run from 7-10pm, Thursday 16 June, tickets are £10, or £8 for Royal Pavilion & Museums Foundation members. 2manysiblings in Conversation is on Saturday 18 June, 11.30am–12.30pm, £8 (members £6). Book in advance by calling 03000 290900.

African Fashion Encore

Khama African Fashion Bag

Looking for an African fashion fix? The Fair Shop on Queens Road stocks several socially-responsible fashion and accessories labels that source goods from the continent. We love these printed bags by Khama, a brand built from a collaboration between designers, creatives and makers in London and Kasungu, Malawi.

The Fair Shop owner, Siobhan Wilson, argues that “we need to find a balance of supporting local business in Africa and access to second hand clothes”.

“Sadly as we all know there are many communities faced with poverty in Africa but there are also incredible fabrics and stunning traditional craft their that makes fashion a perfect tool for communities to use their traditional skills and textiles for the thriving Global fashion industry.”

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