The Great Companion
Sometime in August this year, a colourful, perfectly structured accessory, stopped me in my tracks while perusing exhibition stalls in Covent Garden – a part of a summer event put on by African Centre Festival.
The said accessory was a bag by Masaai Colour. My initial attraction to the bag was the colour, all the different colours were so inviting and rich especially the red Mara bag from their Pendeza range featured in this editorial. And then on closer inspection, the fine detail, and pristine stitches, a perfectly structured totes – I was sold. I knew there and then I wanted to have my very own Masaai handbag.
A quick introduction of the story behind the brand by their owners, the core values and goals and I was earnest on a mission to shout about the brand to everyone who would listen to me. I also wanted to collaborate with them and a couple months later here we are – my tell on their sophisticated and luxurious Pendeza range:
As I really enjoy telling stories through styling, that’s exactly what I wanted to do with Maasai Colour.
‘The great companion’ –
the title of this editorial, was so appropriate after I had been carrying my Black Tsavo Pendeza bag to work and everywhere in between for a week. It had adeptly replaced my awkward to carry laptop bag plus a handbag for work.
I am able to fit all that I need for work in there. No need for a bag change to an evening out after work. Just perfect – all a girl could want.
Easily keeping all the travelling size must have beauty/makeup product, gadgets which are a requirement when you want to keep up with blogging while holding quite a demanding job through the week. How else can you check up and respond to emails, make posts and try to keep up with social media. Being able to have all my ‘just in case’ bits and bobs without products over spilling out of my bags was a massive bonus.
The model in this story -yours truly – perhaps gives off the impression she’s having a hard time making her way around London on most days. But still fiercely strutting around with a content look because all she need is her bag, her greatest companion, to make a stressful day not all that bad.
What story do you get from these images? It’ll be interesting to know. With the assured difference in perspective – you cannot deny that these bags look outstanding – they make the images.
So aside from being won over by the bags themselves, the brand’s DNA really resonated with me. They aim is to bring African fashion to the forefront in a positive way. The bags are ethically handcrafted in Nairobi by a team of talented artisans, using only the highest quality natural materials.
Simon Tomkins, Sonam Haria and Peter Hansell are both the brains and the passion behind Maasai Colour. The amazing trio also has a micro finance scheme in the pipeline, to fund entrepreneurs in Nairobi, Kenya, to start their own businesses.
“Maasai Colour is not about blending in”
The bright bodies of the handbags are made from Jute – a natural plant fibre,
The design concept may not be so different from market type tote bags you come across in Africa or in London, yet Maasai Colour bags sets miles apart, above the rest due to the finest craftsmanship, highest quality, beautiful intricate stitch and detailing.
I had an amazing time working on this project but I also have to say that producing this shoot was not an easy feat. But when you are lucky to work with an amazing team it makes it all worth it.
Production: Novelty Eye
Photographer: John Sansom
Make Up and Hair: Sarah Hubbauer @Sarah_huni
Stylist: Afua Abrafi
Assistant: Veronica Nsia
Head to their site to see more of their beautiful product and make sure you comment on here your thoughts on they bags. Thanks for stopping by.
Coat black – Bethhold; Faux fur coat – Vintage; Shoes, white/silver -Asos; Shoes brown – Topshop; Shoes red – Zara; Knit- Monki; White trouser -Warehouse; Bracelet – Debenhams
Maasai Colour are giving my readers 25% off their purchase – how awesome it that!! Use this code – ‘NoveltyEye15’ on their site to get the offer.