The Sanlam Handmade Contemporary team is proud to announce that this year, in our constant pursuit for talent, we have ventured past our borders, and sought out designers from across the continent, to bring to the rooftop of Hyde Park Corner, from 14-16 October.
Five international exhibitors will be joining us this year, in the start of our growing expansion into the continent. As part of our Well Made in Africa theme, and with the support of Sanlam, we are proud to present the following five exhibitors, who you will be able to meet, and whose products you can shop at the Fair:
A A K S Handcrafted, Ghana
Founded by Akosua Afriyie-Kumi, A A K S is a handbag brand that showcases the traditional weaving techniques of Ghanaian women. Handcrafted in Ghana, A A K S bags have found a market across the globe thanks to their bold colours and stylish shapes.
Milles Collines, Rwanda
Luxury label Mille Collines creates beautiful fashion, jewellery and accessories, all handmade in Kigali. Founded in Rwanda by two Spanish designers, Marc Oliver and Inés Cuatrecasas, and currently owned and run by the Kigali team that helped begin and build the brand, Mille Collines focuses on incorporating local African influences into internationally sold women and menswear.
Sawa Shoes, Ethiopia
Founded by Algerian-born Mehdi Slimani, Sawa is a stylish sneaker brand based in Ethiopia. Officially the first sneaker to be fully made in Africa, the brand feels strongly about adding value in Africa, by starting and finishing production in Ethiopia, and sourcing materials locally.
Johanna Bramble Créations, Senegal
Senegal-based Johanna Bramble is a weaver and textile designer creating products for architects and designers around the world. Bramble makes the most of the country’s expertise in weaving and textile design, and employs the unique Senegalese weaving technique in all her products.
Sammy Ethiopia, Ethiopia
Sammy Ethiopia creates high-quality woven textiles that bridge the traditional and modern worlds with a unique approach to Ethiopian designs and fabrics. Founded in 2008 by Sammy Abdella and Holly Hikido, the company aims to showcase stylish products that are created with care in a manner that improves the lives of the artisans they employ.
As sponsors of the Handmade Contemporary Fair for the past six years, Sanlam continues to celebrate the pioneering spirit of South African entrepreneurs by giving exhibitors a platform to showcase their high quality, bespoke product. As a pan-African brand with a footprint in more than 30 African countries, we are excited to extend the platform to creative entrepreneurs from across Africa.
Sanlam is always looking for new ways to support entrepreneurs by investing in their potential, and as a result, assisting them in creating a sustainable future for their businesses. As Wealthsmiths, we understand that dreams are not achieved overnight. It takes an extraordinary amount of time, planning and dedication to turn a raw material into something of value and a dream into a sustainable business and so we applaud the artisans represented at the Fair.
Join us to celebrate talent from across the continent from 14-16 October on the rooftop of Hyde Park Corner. Tickets are R90 if bought online or R110 at the door.