Young designers, talented artisans and strong traditional skills: Africa sizzles with creative energy. Lalibella is a hub of exciting, quality, ethically-made African fashion and home accessories that showcases the beautiful designs and skilled work of the artisans across the continent. Here at Lalibella, we have a huge love for this dedication and talent that we want to share with the rest of the world, looking to promote and empower the skilled local artists and vibrant creatives across Africa.
Passionate about supporting and promoting women in countries across Africa, Lalibella works to find skilled artisans creating a variety of quality and ethically-produced clothing, accessories and homeware. Below are just some of the fantastic organisations and projects we work alongside to bring these creations to life.
In Swaziland, a team of 750 women work to hand weave a beautiful array of placemats and carpets, all of whom have been trained and employed by Gone Rural who are making a difference in their communities.
Through the incredible projects of Design Afrika, we are able to show the best creations of many remote cultures, including Zulu, Xhosa, Omo, Batonga, Ovambo, Tuareg and many more.
In Kenya, we were privileged to meet Adele de Jak; a real warrior for women’s empowerment. Her jewellery pieces are stunning statements of strong femininity and passion for life.
The tranquil force of the founder of Bush Princess has opened our eyes on how difficult it is to build a solid brand – sourcing high quality leather products and always giving priority to fair trade business and social responsibility.
In Ethiopia, where our Give A Future educational projects are based, we have developed true friendships with the founder of Sabahar, a very successful and visionary workshop, sourcing the best sustainable materials and training people in a really loving environment. As well as with Sammy’s, a great leather workshop where our star tie-dye African bags are made.
At Lalibella, we work closely with each one of our producers, allowing us to share our great passion for craftsmanship and traditional skills. We love supporting new vibrant designers like Maillot in Kenya, with its couture unisex vibe and the Maasai of Tanzania, who are trained by visionary designers at Sidai, and create the most contemporary and versatile beaded jewellery.
It’s the energy of young designers, their vision and creativity, which we want to infuse in each one of our products.
Our dream is to support more and more projects that empower and employ marginalised groups whilst ensuring high quality products.
All Lalibella’s profits go into the Give A Future charity, an NGO we founded over 10 years ago, which today educates 10,000 children and adults in Ethiopia. Discover more about Give a Future, the charity behind Lalibella.
Lalibella was founded by Stephanie Ferrario, Tania Aragona and Stefania Calice – three friends with a passion for African fashion, accessories and homewares and the talented artisans who create them.
Individually, we took a long journey through Fashion, Design, Arts and Photography, to finally arrive at Lalibella! All three of us have been marked by the African Continent, and continue to be inspired by its energy, colours and fascinating creativity. Lalibella allows us to share our love with the world whilst giving back to the countries and communities we admire.
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