Entries by Ruth Abade

The Hustle and Bustle

My  job as a fashion designer with a soft spot for recycling is interesting, but not as glamorous as one might think.  Most of the time it’s a hustle and bustle, walking for miles in crowded, noisy, muddy areas; scavenging through heaps of stuff discarded on the other side of the planet;  chasing down artisans or […]

Nairobi photo shoot

New photos of some of our latest designs, with Nicola and her brother Jason. Photography by Lars from Maweni Farm

Peace and quiet at Maweni Farm

Short holiday at Maweni Farm,  an infinitely peaceful and  beautiful  hideout  in Tanzania, just half an hour drive up into the Usambara Mountains from Mombo on the  Nairobi-Dar highway. I brought some re-designed clutch bags and a new prototype shoe. Maweni Farm staff member Asha modeled. Here is the new clutch bag design. Cleaner, with […]

Soko Soko

Soko is the Swahili word for market. Every year there’s an exhibition at New Muthaiga on Thigiri Ridge Road. This year Blackfly shared a stand with Mary Onyango’s brand Accessorize.I was busy with another project and overwhelmed so my friend Zoe saved the day by volunteering to take care of everything on the first day. […]

Better Bags

I saw a lot of people on the streets of Nairobi carrying PU bags made in China that were neither cheap nor stylish or of good quality. So I thought, why don’t we make our own? Here is a handbag in collapsible design with many compartments, a weekender and a messenger bag.