The August bank holiday marks the end of summer and what better way to send off summer than with a touch of African fun! Spitalfields Market got an African makeover on bank holiday Monday for the Africa at Spitalfields Mini Market.
I took the family down and we had a really lovely afternoon. The market was brilliantly organised with lots for everyone to enjoy. The young ones ran off to enjoy the drums and got crafty painting their own musical instruments. I perused the market vendors looking for new brands that I could sink my teeth in to and I was not disappointed. Below are the brands that caught my eye and are on my ones to watch list.
Y.A.M - Young.Ambitious.Motivated
I love reworked vintage pieces so I was instantly drawn to this stall. They had the usual offenders in the form of washed denim jackets and shirts but they also had great logo tees, snapbacks and leopard print lined hoodies.
Will be keeping an eye on this brands movements as I need a YAM tee in my life.
Follow them on instagram/twitter/facebook @wegoyam
MNBO Intulo Yane
Finding Africa flavoured accessories can be difficult especially when it comes to footwear so I was delighted when I came across MNBO. They offer custom made matching handbag, shoes and jewellery in a style and print of your choice.
I suggest future African brides take note, this service will come in handy when pulling your trad look together on your special day and for kitting out your bridesmaids.
Get yours through their facebook page facebook.com/MNBOIntuloYane
Not so much a new find, more an old favourite. It was great to see Tribal Gem showcasing their fab collection. I still have mad love for their Kente and leather collarless jackets, would be great for AW13. They also have a great selection of crop tops that would be perfect for now and blazers to brighten up your work wardrobe.
Find out more and shop the brand at www.tribalgem.co.uk
Another beautiful accessory find in the form of leather and ankara box satchels and rucksacks. These I loved for their unique shape and gorgeous prints plus they are practical. Great for adding a touch of Africa to your day to day look.
You can shop the brand at www.palmistjewels.co.uk
My tee collection is impressive but it is missing a LOLO&MANGO number. Their collection of hand appliqued Kente and Ankara unisex t-shirts are fab. You can go for understated with just a pocket detail or more overt with printed panels across the front and back.
Find out more and shop the brand at www.loloandmango.tumblr.com
Another great find if you are looking for something with a fashion forward urban wear flavour. I liked the selection of bleach dyed tees with Ankara detailing but my favourite had to be the light cotton jumpers. These bad boys were made from Ankara with stretch jersey cuffs and collars.
I loved them so much, I got one for my AW13 wardrobe. I'll be doing a post on my autumn essentials where it'll be featured in all its glory.
Follow on twitter/instagram @mythologywear
Fashion aside, there was lots for the family to enjoy. My mum and auntie found love at the Varo food stand where they stocked up on tinned moin moin. There was a really cute story telling area for the kids and the food stalls were serving incredibly yummy Caribbean and African foods. I finally got to sample a jollof chicken wrap from Zoe's Ghana Kitchen, delicious! I also indulged in some jollof rice and suya from Mama Suya, so good. All in all it was a great day and I can't wait for the next event.
Images by Mariam Bashorun