As consumers, we have the power to make a difference in our purchasing choices. By supporting sustainable brands, we not only contribute to the well-being of our environment but also to the livelihoods of the communities behind these brands. At the forefront of this movement are brands like AAKS, Petit Kouraj, Pepper Row, and Mie - all known for their commitment to sustainability, ethical production, and unique designs. In this blog, we'll take a closer look at these brands and why they've earned a place in our hearts.
1. AAKS | Ghana
Akosua Afriyie-Kumi founded AAKS intending to promote her favourite weaving techniques, which are used by the women of Ghana, and bringing awareness to ethical production processes while encouraging sustainable fashion consumption.
The brand's handbags are handcrafted in Ghana, with designs that preserve the art of weaving and incorporate the vibrant colours of Africa. AAKS' design philosophy is based on three main pillars: a focus on craftsmanship, ethical and sustainable values throughout the production process, and a commitment to producing high-quality products that are never mass-produced.
They have been featured in CNN, Vogue, Elle Decoration and continue to trailblaze in their industry. Our personal favourite is the Oroo Oak bag.
Image Credits: AAKS
2. KAYADUA | Ghana
KAYADUA is a fashion brand based in Ghana, founded in 2018 by Eyiwaa Agyekumhene. Eyiwaa graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Ghana in 2017, where she majored in Fiber and Fabrics as part of her Integrated Rural Arts and Industry studies. She was inspired by her grandmothers, who taught her to create unique fashion pieces with their natural talent.
KAYADUA is not just a fashion brand, but a catalyst for change, where freedom is a never-ending journey. The brand aims to uphold the traditions of Ghana's elders while inspiring younger generations to express themselves creatively. We love the Agudie bag.
Image credit: Kayadua
3. Petit Kouraj | Haiti
Born in London, England to Haitian immigrants, Jean-Baptiste amassed over a decade’s worth of experience as an international fashion stylist. With an innate desire to create something meaningful, Jean-Baptiste had a dream of developing a collection of luxury bags full of unique personalities; both lively and chic — qualities uncommon within conventional brands.
Petit Kouraj is passionate about using responsibly sourced materials and collaborating with workshops that support their values. Petit Kouraj partners with local artisans from around the world whom they feel can make a positive impact on both the environment and communities through their work. We love anything fringe here at Copper Dust no surprises, our love Le Hoop | Coco.
Image Credits: Petit Kouraj
4. Pepper Row | Nigeria
Pepper Row is more than just a sustainable fashion brand; it is a movement that celebrates African culture and empowers small communities. Founded in 2018 by Omafume Niemogha in Lagos, Nigeria, Pepper Row designs are both ethical and playful, catering to sophisticated free spirits around the world. The brand's unique blend of traditional African craftsmanship and modern influences results in a truly global appeal.
Pepper Row's commitment to sustainability goes beyond just its designs. The brand works closely with artisans in small communities, providing training and empowerment opportunities for those engaged in hand-weaving, dyeing textiles, wood carving, and hand-painting accessories. By merging fashion and sustainability, Pepper Row is promoting the growth of these communities and preserving the rich cultural heritage of Africa. We fell in love during Lagos Fashion Week their SS24 collection.
Image Credits: Felix Ezema | Pepper Row
5. Mie | Nigeria
Míe is a lifestyle brand that provides design and fashion consciously made to be nature-friendly. Their focus is on resort wear, made with natural fabrics, that are breathable, elegant and functional, for conscious women and all women with refined taste.
All their clothes are locally made by seamstresses and artisans in Lagos, Nigeria where they are based.
Launched in 2018, their goal has been to make feel-good fashion with the perks of sustainability, and they continue to seek ways to improve their design and production processes such that our products meet people’s needs without jeopardising the environment and compromising the future. We discovered Mie on Instagram and fell in love with their Gozo Dress in Camel
Image Credit: Mie
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