The Akire Story
A fashion curator collaborates with an older experienced craftsman to tell an African luxury Story.
Two beings from different generations, creative fields, and sexes cross paths to create these luxury African Bags.
Inspired by Traditional pieces from our African roots, merged with modern luxe designs.
AKITING SET (BIG SIZED INSPIRED GOURD BAG)
Akiting is the name given to the capacious sized African gourd inspired bag collection.
Handmade from quality leather for the outer part, cotton African print lining on the inner part,it has brass hook material that joins the leather strap to the bag which is fixed and that sits comfortably on the elbow or over the shoulder.
Akiting means to carry in the Turkana language,it mirrors the abundance of natural resources in the African continent but also carries the burden of exploitation.
An Akiting bag shows the richness of African luxury design coming from its cultural roots as a statement piece of opulence.
The bag is highly favoured by two kinds of beings.
The Fashionistas because it’s so extra that perfectly screams going big is the only option and the world is your fashion runway.
Ultimately,the being that loves to leave the house having everything in one big bag on the go.
The collection has been inspired from the gourds that were and are used in various African homes for different purposes.
All of Akire leather bags are made by hand from the stitching, to the beadwork and colour tanning; lastly the logos are attached to the bags.
AMUKA SET (MOLDED FACE LEATHER BAG)
Amuka is the name given to the face moulded bag collection.
Handmade from quality leather for the outer part, and cotton African print lining on the inner part, it has the leather strap intertwined on each side of the bag and fits comfortably over the shoulder.
Amuka means to wake up in the Kamba language, it portrays the power of unity from different tribes in Kenya by sharing skills we have inherited over time to create an awakening luxury piece.
The design creation involves three artisans; a woodcarver, a leather pattern maker, and the designer. It characterizes the strength of togetherness within the Kenyan tribes (Kamba, Turkana, and Luo Tribe artisans) using different techniques to produce this bag.
The process of molding the Amuka bag involves using wet leather, which is naturally dyed, then placed on the wooden sculpted face, finishing with sun drying.
AWINJO SET (BACK PACK LEATHER BAG)
Awinjo is the name given to the backpack collection.
Awinjo is designed with a distinct ‘Dr. Martens inspired silhouette.
Handmade from quality leather for the outer part, raw unfinished leather lining on the inner part, beads stitched by hand on the external front of the bag and it has brass hook material that joins the leather straps on the back of the bag which is adjustable and perfectly suited to wear on the upper back of the body.
Awinjo means I feel, in the Luo language and it represents the collection of memories.
It’s Inspired by the memory bank of the designer’s past while in her younger days going to school filled with books that outweighed her own body weight.
AKITERE SET (MIDDLE SIZED INSPIRED GOURD BAG)
Akitere is the name given to the middle-sized African-inspired gourd bag collection.
Handmade from quality leather for the outer part, and cotton African print lining on the inner part, it has brass hook material that joins the leather strap to the bag which is adjustable and that sits comfortably on the elbow or over the shoulder.
Akitere means to look at in Turkana language, it represents the time flow in design.
A design that you can look through the traditional passage, mapping onto the present with a gift from the past and into the future, woven in time.
It’s people’s favorite gift collection that Daughters and Sons offer as a present to their Mothers in Africa.
The Akitere bag has been inspired by the Turkana Milk gourd that comes about from her travels within the county and small villages which has played as a great source of influence on the designer’s work.
All of Akire leather bags are made by hand from the stitching to the beadwork and colour tanning; lastly the logos are attached to the bags.
ASHE (MAASAI INSPIRED OLBENE BAG)
Handmade from quality leather for the outer part, raw unfinished leather lining on the inner part,cow bones have been as buttons if not a zip, beads stitched by hand on the external front and back.
The Ashe bags come in different qualities of leather, texture, and colours; comfortably suited to wear on the shoulder or across the chest.
Ashe means Thank you in Maasai Language and the source of inspiration comes from the traditional Maasai Olbene bag, re-designed for the modern, urban and voguish being.
As the name means Thank you, we are grateful for the love that has been shared by the younger generation that has made it a hit by purchasing the collection.
The styling looks of the Ashe bags are the best fashion statement that has been accessorized with an individual approach because it’s simple yet chic. Styled with smart casualwear mostly denim or funk look with a twist.