The Black Queen
Queen Charlotte Collection
We have seven styles in a variation of
prints. Apart from our selected psychedelic and geometric African prints we have also used excess stock dumped in the African markets to create a limited but tastefully stylish collection. We were careful to work with our customers in mind, creating clothes we believe they will love, cherish for a life time and share in its story. We have used this collection to draw attention to the ills of dumping and the consequences of unused man-made fibers. The journey has been both bitter-sweet, sweet because the clothes are gorgeous and bitter because the dumping continues and can no longer be managed by the few designers in Africa.
The Queen Charlotte collection is named after the ‘Black Queen’ who was rumored to be of African Portuguese decent. Each style has been named after a Black royal. This gives the clothes the story and reminder to support both black businesses and black, indigenous people of colour - a great solidarity, alliance and commitment made after watching the killings of many BIPOC in 2020.
The Upcycled Collection
Living in Togo next to landfill, we have an obligation to take the worse and unsold second-hand clothes and turn them into items that can be worn, appreciated and loved again. Otherwise, agriculture land in Africa will be turned into incinerators never to be useful again.
We have found our artisan tailor Mama J who has sat on the same stool working away at scrapping and restoring old clothes for less than $5 a week. Together we have turned the clothes into gorgeous items that have featured in France Mode24, Vogue Germany and won several accolades across the world. The items are one of a kind and we are committed to paying Mama J a living wage and as she is now in her late 60’s prepare her for her retirement.
To be the first to see our upcycled pieces, join our mailing list and we will email them to you for first choice. You can also let us know what you would like which will be upcycled into the Victoria Grace image.
The O dress
The Heritage Collection
The women’s body goes through so many changes from puberty to menopause, and as these changes can be depressing, they are most times challenging to dress. This is why we created the ‘O’ dress. It is firstly, a modern kaftan/buobuo, made with a bit more elegance and careful tailoring. It is fully an African print. The handwork of the local artisanal embroiderer sets it apart giving it the known look of an African Heritage classic. Nevertheless, the dress is so versatile and comfortable that it can be worn by all races and colours. Each dress comes with its matching mask
The Out of Africa Collection
We have created exclusive pieces made by the local artisanal tailors in Togo and Nigeria. Each piece is unique and tends to be a combination of both African and Europe in clothing. These individual pieces continue to be our inspiration whilst we engage and support local small businesses for that special touch.
Co-Design with us!
We are working on our Organic and Biodegradable Collection. It will be a capsule collection and if youwould like to co-design the collection with us, please send us your details here.