Taking ethnic footwear to the modern level

The most beautiful thing about fashion is that we have fusion. Fashion can be influenced by many cultures and tailored and designed according to the designer and what they are trying to convey through their art and brand.

Thaqafah Shoes (our house brand) is on the paths to merge old world ethnic design with modern fashion. The brand also uses local craftsmen who have been in the shoe game since yay high, and provide for their families solely through this skill. The shoes are created using ancient techniques and handmade from start to finish which give them character and being.
Check out some of the latest designs from Thaqafah and take a peek at the site to see the rest of the collection and stay tuned for more to come from Thaqafah in the future.

See the rest of the collection http://www.thaqafahshoes.com

Adorable and must have shoe bling!

Here we have an absolutely innovative original take on the classic shoe kitties by Afrofly accessories brand. The kitties are absolutely gorgeous and the design is to die for.

I can just see these being worn as extra mug for those favorite pair of plain Jane loafers, oxfords, boots, or even sandals. These kitties would provide a complete makeover for your kicks.

Ok so now a little about the brand and designer. So as I understand it, the Afrofly brand was born in London by designer  Leslyn Frasier who has experience in shoe design and art.

Afrofly’s designs are also influenced by many different cultures which makes a melting pot of ideas that will be and is seen in the Afrifly’s accessories design.

 

I love accessories that take my breath away at first sight, and make me drool at the same time, and these kilties  did not fall short in making that happen. I solute the designer miss Leslyn for bringing us a twist on the classic kiltie without compromising good design and innovation.

 

You can purchase these beauties here at her official site:

http://afrofly.bigcartel.com/products

 

With Love,

Style Diversity

Kat Maconie and Her Amazing Shoes

So, I was searching the net one day (as always) about a month or so ago and went to my favorite shoe sight for amazing shoes http://www.solestruck.com and lo and behold I saw the most eclectic, beautiful, artsy shoes that I have seen in a very long time.

Take a look and then I’ll tell you all about the designer:

 
Drum roll please……………… The designer of these beauties is non other than miss Kat Maconie, London based designer who started her brilliant shoe brand in 2009, absolutely dazzling the shoe world as we know it. Have a read about her down below from what we took off of her site.

ABOUT KAT MACONIE

Kat if you are reading this post, we wanna thank you for creating beautiful eclectic shoes for us gals who like to stand out and be unique apart from everyone else.
If you love Kat’s shoes then you can find her ss2016 collection here :

http://www.katmaconie.com/pages/about-kat-maconie

With love

Style-Diversity

2015 Fashion Graduate Roberta Einer Killing The Fashion Game

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Ever wondered how you get from your grad collection to launching your own line at London Fashion Week? Today, Westminster graduate and womenswear designer Roberta Einer presented her debut SS16 collection as part of the last day of LFW.

The 23-year-old grad has already got a stellar CV behind her that includes several internships with some mega creatives (Mary Katrantzou, McQueen, Roksanda Ilincic and Claire Barrow), plus some design-defining experience working as a print and embroidery assistant at Balmain in Paris, before finishing up her degree this year. She tells us: ‘I went to Balmain with a minimal aesthetic. Olivier Rousteing always said, “It’s clothes, just have fun.” Now I experiment more.’

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So what makes her designs stand out? Epic hand embroidery + beautiful embellishment + fun factor to create textured heavyweight masterpieces in bubblegum shades with all-over beading, pile-’em-on sequins and racks of ribbon. Think mermaid vibes mixed with a cheerleading squad from Clueless.

But what’s it like prepping for your first solo show? We got Roberta to share a few BTS snaps for a (very sparkly) sneak peek, and then popped down to the Hotel Café Royal on Regent Street to check it out…

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Ready for the close-up! Roberta says: ‘I see always see the texture and the weight of things first.’ Hello all-over bead work, pile-’em-on sequins, and racks of ribbon. 🎀🎀🎀🎀🎀

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‘I figure out all the graphics on the computer, it needs to be on a scale of 1mm to be right for the embroiderers. This hand-embroidered gown made out of 15 metres of fabric is a real dream dress and probably my favourite piece I have ever done! SO EXCITED.’

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The collection? Cute as candy. The dreamy delicate, sheer embroidered dresses styled with black tied chokers…

 

Tell us what you think about this new designer collection, we think her collection is fun and fancy!

Karmuel Young Revolutionizing Men’s Footwear

MINIMAL TWISTS TO MODERN STYLE

 

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Unlike the dizzying, drastic changes often found in women’s fashion, menswear moves at a glacial pace. Its evolution, for the most part, is measured in small increments and consists of small shifts in silhouette, fabric or detail rather than radical reinventions. It’s only fitting, then, that Karmuel Young’s “revolutionary products” for men consist of little more than shoelaces and shoe cuffs — simple items that transform “regular and easily forgotten details into unconventional possibilities.”

 

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Titled Dress Shoe Reform, the debut project from the Hong Kong-based design label was intended to add value to existing daily items — in this case, footwear — while challenging our ideas of what a menswear reformation should be. Each item was designed with clean lines and architectural forms, and was made with fine materials like Italian calf leather, mink or waxed cotton cord. Adding minimal twists to modern style, the collection of shoe accessories comes in a variety of colors, textures and patterns, and provide a wonderfully simple way of injecting personality and longevity to the footwear you already own.

 

Reblogged from: http://www.obscura-magazine.com

 

 

Dolce & Gabbana and the Muslim market

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Dolce & Gabbana is the latest brand to target Muslim shoppers, introducing a line of hijabs and abayas.

With floral prints, lacy patterns and the occasional pop of color, the Italian fashion house put its own twist on the usually dark-colored cloaks and matching head scarves traditionally worn by Muslim women.

The new collection “is a reverie amidst the desert dunes and skies of the Middle East: an enchanting visual story about the grace and beauty of the marvelous women of Arabia,” Dolce & Gabbana wrote on its Instagram page.

The company is hardly the first to tap into the Muslim market — H&M featured a hijab-wearing model in a recent ad, and Tommy Hilfiger, DKNY and Mango are among the brands that have launched Ramadan collections.

It’s an increasingly smart business move, as Muslim customers spent $230 billion globally on clothing in 2014, and it’s predicted that figure will rise to $327 billion in 2020, according to a report from Dinar Standard, a market research firm.

Melanie Elturk, CEO of Haute Hijab, told TODAY she’s excited that companies are finally wising up to the fact that Muslim women have money to spend, especially ones who wear hijabs and abayas. “That’s their entire wardrobe!” she said. “They don’t have a plethora of jeans and tops and sweaters.”

While she allows that companies like Dolce & Gabbana might simply be trying to infiltrate a lucrative market, as opposed to making a political statement, she’s still “ecstatic” to see brands post photos of presumably Muslim models.

“Just to see a model in full hijab and an abaya is remarkable,” she said. “It’s something I truly never thought I would see.”

But she warns companies have to be careful about catering to traditional Muslim women.

“This market is so nuanced and deeply rooted in faith that if you get one thing wrong in an ad or with the imagery, you can completely miss the mark,” Elturk said, pointing out that part of a model’s leg is visible in one of the Dolce & Gabbana images, which defeats the purpose of wearing the abaya.

While pieces from Dolce & Gabbana’s new collection are likely to be priced well into the thousands, there are plenty of brands making fashionable hijabs for affordable prices, like Elturk’s own Haute Hijab, Inayah or even Etsy, where prices start around $10.

 

 

Reblogged from : http://www.today.com

Barefoot shoes are the closest to Earth walking than anything else

We have decided to put our 2 cents In the barefoot shoe game. Thaqafah has a new ,leather ,stylish ,handmade,barefoot shoe with padded bottoms for light indoor/outdoor walking.

The idea for these barefoot shoes was first hatched after thinking of an easier alternative for women to change into when their feet hurt them after walking in heels all day. So instead of walking completely barefoot because of sore feet, or wearing bulky sneakers with a dress or skirt, thn just slip into some chic, lightweight barefoot shoes.

  

So here’s the result in brief, after searching for cobblers and sending samples for the right fit. Hope everyone likes them, and finds them useful for all of your barefoot, stylish needs. They come in a small range of colors for now, but we plan on expanding the color and style range with each collection.

Barefoot shoes:  sizes 7-12 for both men an women……….

   

                 

Keffiyeh Fashion

I came accross this beautiful top by just scrolling through instagram earlier this afternoon, and the top happened to be made from the famouse Palestinian keffiyeh fabric. The fabric is usually used to make scarves, that the military men wear, and religious men from the Muslim world wear. But somewhere down the line someone had a genius idea to make this beautiful scarf fabric into clothing.

Namely a new emerging brand called: Cecilie Copenhagen 

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Well, we had to put our two cents in by jumping on board to assemble some keffiyeh threads of our own, with a twist. The fabric is so chic and unique, that the style pair ups are endless. 

Have a look at what we put together: 

  

Paired with some leather barefoot shoes.

  

   

  

 

Barefoot shoes and round toe tabi socks

So, our samples arrived rom Turkey and Pakistan  the other day. We ordered some round toe tabi socks aka leather socks. One ankle ballet flat type, and the other kind of like an ankle ballet bootie type.

We have big plans for these socks/shoes, by adding a thin rubber sole , to preserve the leather under ther sock, and also allow you the feeling of walking barefoot without compromising style.

Here’s a peek at what we’ve got so far, with more to follow……..

   

     

  

We have a few of the black, in sizes 8-11 , so if interested then message us. They fit like a glove, just like wearing nothing on your feet all day .

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Luxury, Runway,Traditional sandals from the East to you

New peshawari chappals collection for women are hot and on the runways of Paris and beyond , from top luxury designers who see the beauty of these native Pakistani sandals……

Now available in our etsy shop, our colorful , unique array of Peshawari Chappals for all of you fashionable ladies. Sizes 7-10 available

https://www.etsy.com/…/handmade-sandals-animal-print-leathe…