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 […]
About Ruth Abade
Designer and owner of Blackfly.
Entries by Ruth Abade
New photos of some of our latest designs, with Nicola and her brother Jason. Photography by Lars from 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 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. […]
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.
Latest blog posts
- The Many Upcycled Zippers BagDecember 11, 2015 - 6:33 pm
- Blackfly in JohannesburgNovember 4, 2015 - 1:15 am
- Our first sale in New YorkJuly 4, 2015 - 3:17 pm
- Blackfly in New YorkJuly 1, 2015 - 10:36 pm
- Batik by the CraziesJanuary 18, 2015 - 3:10 pm
- KivaNovember 18, 2014 - 2:41 pm
- Fashion showOctober 7, 2014 - 11:42 pm