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    Influential and essential to every mood of fashion, accessories are undisputedly the underlying tone that confirms the declaration of one’s style. It’s that step out of the mundane to define yourself as you see fit. Accessories will forever be that little added spark to complete one’s ensemble story

    How to Style African Accessories
    September 17, 2016
    Words by Tia Muhammad

    Influential and essential to every mood of fashion, accessories are undisputedly the underlying tone that confirms the declaration of one’s style. It’s that step out of the mundane to define yourself as you see fit. Accessories will forever be that little added spark to complete one’s ensemble story. Today, accessories are in high-demand more than ever. What is even more certain is the rise of standards to obtain and acquire high-quality, rare goods. Rich and well-made bracelets, handbags, and necklaces are hard to discover in a pool of trends. Consumers now want and expect value.

    Designers like Adele Dejak have found a way to unite style, quality, and substance into their handcrafted accessories. A commitment to quality has guided this African luxury designer to create timeless pieces materialized from natural cow horns and recycled materials. Her designs not only tell a story of culture but also preserve a standard of craftsmanship.

    When selecting an accessory, one should accept nothing but a high standard of value. It is the one thing that can take a look from monotonous to intriguing like magic. It’s a conversation starter, it’s what brings that double-back look, and it’s your signature touch.

    Your best look is as good as the accessories you chose to wear and how you chose to wear them. Bold to demure, accessories can certainly make your statement of style. The Hamazzi Choker by Adele Dejak is quite the neckpiece. It can amplify something so simple as a sleek black turtleneck effortlessly. Its hammered texture and unique design brings your eyes inward. It’s all about symmetry. The necklace catches the shimmering reflection of the Dean Spice Bangle by Adele Dejak and adds balance to her simple yet sophisticated look.

    Looking for a more modest look? Opt for a simple yet meaningful pendant like the Democracy Pendant Necklace by Legacy Collection. Crafted from the pieces of the Robben Island prison fence that imprisoned Nelson Mandela for 18 years, this pendant is emotionally rich and created with importance.

    Adorning your wrists and hands come next in the run-down of accessories. Some will argue to say you can go without a matching bracelet, others say it’s a must. However you may feel about minimalism or extravagance, rings and bracelets bring definition to your choice of style. Worn for status, class, and even cultural purposes, bracelets like this Dean Spice Bangle can stand-alone or complement other accessories to express your mood, authenticity, and creative side.

    Reclaimed from Ankole cow horn and stroked with 24-karat gold leaf, this bangle shows just how strong the Nigerian designer’s culture is that stands behind it. Operating out of Nairobi, Kenya, Adele Dejak’s collections express an appreciation for African-made artistry, using only the best materials and employing some of the most talented artisans in the East African region. Reflecting a traditional handmade technique and design, the Dean Spice Bangle motif packs a modern, sophisticated, and high-fashion sense of style. Pair this bangle with a simple, chic look to let it stand out.

    The accessories you choose to wear show a lifestyle, especially handbags. The purse you choose to carry every day says a lot about you. Perhaps you’re a young professional, so you opt for a large sturdy bag that can hold your laptop, or you’re that girl jumping off the train to make it to a fashion event on time - so you need something light yet unique and sophisticated. Whatever the use may be, two factors that will remain consistent amongst a luxe lifestyle, is prominent craftsmanship and quality materials. It’s something about a rich fabric or leather with double seaming that puts fashion enthusiasts into a frenzy. A rare yet of-the-now handbag, like the TKO Classic Box Clutch by Zashadu, makes it clear where you stand on the scale of fashion.

    Handcrafted in Lagos, Nigeria, this accessory is made of black goatskin leather, ostrich print, and soft goat fur. The combination of the materials shows just how valuable the handbag is from its intricacy and attention to detail. Pair this with a fun print for balance, or align with its color for a streamlined look.

    For the sake of declaring who you are, what you stand for, and how you want to be perceived… accessories can always make that final statement.