BLACKFLY DESIGNS

African fashion handmade in Kenya

Clothes

All Blackfly clothes and bags are designed and manufactured at our own studio in Nairobi. We collect handmade African fabrics such as batik from Tanzania, Adire from Nigeria, Shweshwe from South Africa, Bogolan from Mali. We also search for the best factory-made African wax print, and at the second-hand market we look for quality zippers, straps, silk from old saris, leather garments etc, that we can take apart and incorporate in our designs.

This means that most of our clothes are bespoke one-of-a-kind and not available in different sizes or colours. But don’t despair. If you see something you like in the shop or in our gallery, contact us for consultation and we can see if we can make something similar yo your measurements. Just for you.

Bags

From little coin purses to big shopper bags – we have bags for all occasions.

Most of our bags are made from upcycled materials: Leather from old leather garment as well as buckles, straps and zips from the second-hand markets, and spill pieces from the clothes we make.

We’re upcycling because we want to be sustainable but also because it’s fun and deeply satisfying to rescue quality materials and make something beautiful with it. And every bag is unique like a piece of art.

Jewellery

All our jewellery is handmade in our own studio in Nairobi. We make earrings from upcycled brass, glass, cow horn and bone.

Facemasks

Three-layered cotton masks with pocket for an optional filter. Available for wholesale and in sets of five, in two sizes for best fit.

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