DESIGNERS JOURNEY TO AFRICA
Our Africa Stories collection is a collection of all the stories and inspirations experienced on this grand journey to East Africa. We hope that, through wearing our creations, you can carry a little part of our stories with you every day, and immerse yourself in the magic of this unforgettable land.“
What I experienced left me speechless, but I can tell my story by bringing back some of that beauty to share with you...”
— Catherine Hong —
Blooms native to Africa-protea flowers, African daises and lillies-add a hint of color to otherwise neutral bags, trimmed in classic tribal-inspired motifs. “These new pieces are so easy to wear,” says designer Catherine Hong.
Be as captivated as our designers were by the flora and fauna of Africa in the newest additons to our Africa Stories Collection...including these colorful medallions, each featuring more than 50 hand-enameled channels!
behind the design
WATCH: AFRICA STORIES BUTTERFLIES INSPIRATION Our love for hand-painted art comes to life in the Africa Stories collection. Designer Catherine Hong creates a unique and artistic story for each of our Africa Stories accessories. Watercolored animals and Catherine’s tribal borders and florals are a harmonious blend. These hand-painted elements can be seen throughout the collection.
PALETTE & PATTERNS
WATCH: AFRICA STORIES ZEBRA INSPIRATION While rolling along the tall grasslands and acacia trees, some of the first animals Catherine encountered were zebras. With black and white stripes so uniquely identifiable, our designers were charmed by their playful nature and their unique free-spiritedness as they grazed and roamed the Maasai Mara.
Our designer chose a watercolor painterly effect for animals in opaque and vivid colors. Painting each animal allows the personality of each animal to be represented. There’s even a leopard print in this collection.
WATCH: AFRICA STORIES ENAMELING INSPIRATION Inspired by the colorful robes and intricate shields of the Maasai tribe in East Africa, this hand-enameled jewelry was created using a technique similar to that of the ancient art of cloisonne.
Every channel is hand-painted with brightly hued enamels to create this complex motif. Red represents the color of life, and blue represents the sky. The result is beautiful jewelry with a rich story to tell.
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