Introducing Signature: Ahima jewelry collection

Stories and symbolism across various African cultures and particularly in Ghana have been the forefront of Ahima jewelry’s story. With this in mind, our current collection: signature, draws inspiration from Akan Adinkra symbols of Ghana.

Signature is a collection of earrings, pendants, bracelets, and rings designed around nine Adinkra symbols. These symbols are each imbued with an uplifting message of affirmation, positivity and mindfulness.

 

 

  1. Beauty Adinkra earrings       2. Purity Adinkra pendant                             3.Faith Adinkra Ring

Specifically, Adinkra symbols are meaningful drawings which for centuries are used to pass down life lessons and beliefs among the Ashanti people of Ghana. And celebrated in the country as a whole.

The symbols such as hope, faith, family, purity among others are explored in our new signature collection. Ahima jewelry subtly imbues these symbols with fine fashion design and color to form unique pieces for the modern woman.

Faith for what you believe in, strength for each new day, endurance for each New Year, there is a symbol for everyone with a personal uplifting message.

All our pieces are handmade in 925 silver, 18ct gold and rose gold plate. All Ahima jewelry comes easily gift able in our branded free gift wrap, a meaning card, and with complimentary shipping.

Make every day meaningful.

Cece wears :

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 Knowledge Adinkra Pendant,

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 Strength Adinkra bracelet,                                                               Family Adinkra ring

Afrochic by Cece in collaboration with Ahima jewelry would like to gift one of our special readers with their very own signature piece. To enter simply: 1. Make sure you are following both @modebycece and @ahima_jewellery on Instagram. 2. like this post. 3. Tag 2 friend in the comments.

Competition ends on *__27th/02____ at midnight and the winner will be announced on *__10th/03__ on this post. UK entrants only. The winner will receive a gift voucher of £50 to spend on Ahima jewelry’s website. (This competition is in no way sponsored by Instagram.) Good Luck! X

 

 

 

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I was asked to work for the Screen Nation Awards as a general stylist this year, precisely last Sunday. Styling the screen nation awards with Idriss Elba winning on the night. Duties were to overview everything from hairstyling to the makeup of the models. Plus their fashion styling. Using Nzingha accessories, Massassbi skirts, and Angela corsets designs.

styling the screen nation awards

So first for work, I was dressed very casually.Then for the show, I changed into an ensemble of matching silk prints top and skirt I scored from MinkPink and the Jimmy Choo I have literary been killing lately and loaded the outfit in accessories (as usual).

**So feel free to click below and shop the look or similar.

What I have noticed so far in my styling journey is; every time I thought I scored a big gig, an even bigger opportunity came along. I am simply getting used to one challenging task after another and learning along.It also shows me how much perseverance having the right attitude is really the key.And as much as I love and value what I do.Being recognised is always encouraging.

styling the screen nation awards

Models: Fiona and Farah.

So, on the day; I was in charge of 8 girls. With 2, responsible for receiving and greeting the guests and celebrities amount which was: Idriss Alba who won an award, Joanna Jarjue, finalist of this year apprentice who also won an award and so many others.

styling the screen nation awards

With Joanna Jarjue

The Screen Nation Awards was the first and remains the most culturally diverse televised film & TV awards show in Europe and showcases the best black British and international film & TV talent.

Over the years guests, winners and presenters have included: Morgan Freeman, Danny Glover, Spike Lee, Idris Elba, Sir Lenny Henry CBE, Moira Stuart, Amma Asante, Naomie Harris, Angela Griffin, Angellica Bell, Terrence Howard, Jamie Foxx, David Oyelewo, Chiwetel Ejiofor, David Harewood, Sophie Okonedo, Jamelia, Alicia Dixon and Noel Clarke to name but a few.

styling the screen nation awards

Idriss Elba receiving his award

styling the screen nation awards

With Presenter and personality Kelechi Okafor.

styling the screen nation awards

With Vicky Ngari Wilson.

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With Bev Quintai, creator of Nzingha accessories

styling the screen nation awards

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Hot Right Now: Koba.Siani

As much as I like a good high street find or to indulge in my favorite high-end brands, another design sector I can’t stop praising is the up and coming designers. Because of the amount of work and dedication they put into delivering the best to their clients.

I recently discovered Koba Siani who is a new Stuttgart, Germany based Afrochic/ Streetwear brand. I was lucky enough to be sent some pieces to style.Among which was, this wax lipstick sweatshirt( Styled below), a headband and the Ankara skirt.

Without further ado, I can reveal that as my lovely reader you receive 10% off the whole shop, Koba.Siani, just use the code CECILIA10 at the checkout.Thank me later when you receive your item 🙂

Hot right now : Koba.Siani

What I really liked the most, was the personal touches from the moment I received my package. All clothing, delicately wrapped in soft white paper and the quality of the items themselves made of 100% organic cotton. I was really impressed by the make and finishing, of the sweatshirt, fitting as if it was made to measure(very happy Cece here!).Thus By far, the comfiest and most stylish I own at the moment.

Additionally, I wanted to find out more about the designer herself and her journey, knowing how challenging the fashion industry can be and what inspired to start Koba Siani.

Jumper available Here

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Cece: How long has the brand been out? 

Birgit.Siani: I founded Koba.Siani in November 2017, so it is just the beginning of my journey! Since summer 2017 my little daughter also goes to the kindergarten half day, so my mornings are to prepare everything for the online shop.

-What inspired you to start the brand and what have been the challenges so far?

I studied fashion design and I worked as a fashion designer in the industry for different companies for 7 years. I have always loved bold colors and prints. Then I got to know my husband in 2004 who brought me back some wax prints sent by my brother-in-law from Cameroon. One of which I used for my graduation collection. Since, Koba.Siani was born. Though I concentrated on my family, I also knew that having a business of my own would be the next step I call it my 3rd baby 😉

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-What inspired your designs/Collections?

I take my inspiration from the latest fashion trends, online or in magazines. Then I mix it up with African wax prints. I always scan any fashion inspiration with the question in my mind: “can I do this in wax print”? Another big inspiration for me is materials and fabrics. I love going through fabric stores, touch the fabrics, look at all the colors and combine them. Then ideas come very easily.

-What is the future of KobaSiani?

First I want to get known by my customers. So much of marketing work is my plan for 2018!
Then I would like to enlarge my collection. More exciting styles for my customers! For the next season, there will be wax print swimwear, for example. At the moment I’m working on an African dirndl (Bavarian dress). which is really a big trend in Germany! And I could see myself doing some exclusive evening wear one day too.
My dream is to produce in Cameroon one day.
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-What main fabrics or quality do you use and why?

With quality being very important to me, the main fabric used is African wax-print, of course! I LOVE prints and colors. I prefer the 100 % cotton.  For quality check, I always pre-wash them. In general, if possible, I use organic cotton. fabrics with high natural fiber content are my favorite. But again, this always depends on the fabric/ garment price and also the design as it can all get quite pricey. For example, if  The chiffon part of my top is in polyester , silk would be much too expensive! Or the bikinis will be in polyamide/elasthan as nobody wants a cotton bikini :-). With every garment, I do a wearing and a washing test before it gets a part of the Koba.Siani collection.

Another Bonus about Koba.Siani : she offers products which are very specific. For example, you can choose out of a big print range, and she will make alternations that suits your respective measurements. whether you are too short or too tall, Koba.Siani got you coved And all items are “made in Germany”.

More designs here: KOBA.SIANI.COM   
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Few week ago, I styled and directed an editorial photo shoot for A.Philips 1.618. Which after seeing his designs, street chic utilitarianism instantly came to mind.Unlike my usual approach, I wanted to keep the styling as simple as possible and let the designs with their oversize cargo pockets, boxy and slouchy shapes shine.Right now,  it is also very much the appreciation of the reinvention of everyone’s most essential staple…The coat. The hairstyles were urban inspired and the accessories were from the 2017 trend ‘over-the -top ear candy’.

DIRECTING & STYLING // CECILE ESSONO

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR // FREDERIC JEAN-BAPTISTE

HAIRSTYLING // KASIA KOWALCZYK

MODEL1// VERA YEBOAH

MODEL2 //  HYO

PHOTOGRAPHER1// AMIE CASWELL

PHOTOGRAPHER2// ANGELO MARAGNO

 

 

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