Fashion show

Blackfly participated in a charity fashion show and fair by the diplomatic spouses association at the French ambassador’s residence on the 4th of October. Our collection was inspired by the traditional clothes that the Barabaig people in Tanzania make. We also showcased our new designs, clutch bags and sleeves, which were well received.


Makatube Island

Yesterday we went to Makatube Island just outside Dar es Salaam with our latest clutch bags/tablet sleeves/pouches.

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Makatube Island trips can be organised by Kudura Mgeni. Photos by Lars

Blackfly in has an article about “The Burgeoning Fashion Landscape in Kenya“, with a nice mention of Blackfly:


Kenya’s fashion scene is a colorful boom of vibrancy within every social stratus imaginable, from studios in the hustle of Nairobi’s bustling street markets, to glamorous stores and fashion houses all over the capital’s wealthier districts. However, it wasn’t so much the varied financial spectrum that left a sense of admiration, but rather the cultural diversity.

A strong impression was left on me by Black Fly, started by designer Ruth Abade, whose detailed craftsmanship has a clear Italian influence. This is merged with a sense of home and environmental awareness, with stunning results: custom-made jackets, skirts, belts, and one-off leather clutches. The clutches were created using old leather jackets, and so each was one-of-a-kind, expertly intertwined with both Kenyan and Italian sensibilities.

Thanks to model and blogger Marcel Temba through whom we met with the writer.

Nairobi Garden

In a Nairobi garden with old friends and new designs.

Photos by Lars

Recycled leather

What did we make of all that scrap leather we started hoarding in August?

Here is some of it. More coming.

Blackfly in Zanzibar

A couple of days in Stonetown and at the very nice Shooting Star Lodge in Kiwengwa in Zanzibar.