24 Dec 2011
19 Dec 2011
As well as our usual range of clutches, totes, shawls and purses, we will be offering great discounts on the day. There will also be lots of great music, people, foood, drinks, a perfect chance to catch up and grab a bite to eat before the Christmas festivities continue.
Do stop by and say hello.
Date: Friday 23rd December 2011
Venue: The GET Arena, Oniru Estate, Opposite Oriental Hotel, V.I Lagos, Nigeria
12 Dec 2011
We are very excited that one of our Super Snap clutches, The Ariel View Yellow to be exact, exclusive to The Shop Floor Project was featured in FASHION 156 Trends. Please check out the link, there are some really gorgeous finds. Not to mention serious eye candy.
8 Dec 2011
7 Dec 2011
1 Dec 2011
Today's tee is brought to you from Kayobi Clothing. I cannot even remember how I stumbled upon this brand but I do like graphic font tees. At the risk of pointing out the obvious, this one is titled 'Oh Chale'. Visit Ghana to get it. Enjoy!
23 Nov 2011
19 Nov 2011
The straps make it a comfortable tote to carry on the shoulder. The Bee bag comes in a variety of Ankara (African Wax Print) and Adire (African tie dye fabric). Some also incorporate elements of Aso-oke fabric.
Find more Bee Bags here: http://urbanknit.bigcartel.com/category/totes
11 Nov 2011
Have you had your eye on a new purse, cowl, shawl perhaps? Well we are giving you a great excuse to get it this weekend. We are offering free shipping on ALL orders. Just enter FREESHIP at check out and Voila!
Also, if you are thinking of getting a gift for someone, we offer free gift-wrapping and can send straight to the recipient.
Have a great weekend. Any interesting plans you want to share?
7 Nov 2011
scarves and cowls. As most of our winter warmers are made from 100% merino wool, we thought we might give you a few pointers on how to take care of your pieces.
- Clean using a mild detergent in lukewarm water. Never use hot water as this shrinks wool. Also do not wring the piece as this will distort its shape.
- To dry, lay the piece flat and reshape if necessary allowing it to dry away from direct sunlight and heat. Do not hang as wool can adsorb a lot of water this will cause the item to stretch from the weight of the water.
- Do not dry in a tumble dryer as the heat will cause the wool to shrink.
- Wool should be stored in an airtight environment which is cool and dry.
5 Nov 2011
We are very excited to see that the fabulous FAB magazine included our funky chunky knit cowls in the editor's FAB Finds of the November edition.
This month's edition is 'The Power Issue'. Go get your copy now.
Hope everyone (in the UK) has plans for an exciting Bonfire Night. Have a fantastic weekend.
2 Nov 2011
7 Oct 2011
We are giving away to one lucky winner one of our brand new Splash Shawls. The winner, picked at random from the comments section will receive an 'African Violet Splash Shawl' as shown below.
A soft and light cotton-mix shawl in handmade West African tie-dye designs. Perfect draped as a shawl or wrapped round as a scarf, from summer evenings till autumn rolls into winter.
Our limited edition Splash Shawls are specially commissioned and produced in limited runs.
HOW TO WIN:
For additional entries:
* Blog about the giveaway and link to this post or the Urbanknit website. Please leave a comment to let us know.
It is important to leave a separate comment for each of the entries to count as this increases your chances of winning.
WHO CAN WIN:
Anyone can enter and you can do so as many times as you like. We ship worlwide so the giveaway is open to all. The giveaway will run till the end of the month and will end at midnight GMT on Monday the 31st of October, 2011 when a winner will be picked at random and announced. We will need your address details if you are the winner so please check back on the 1st of November, 2011
Good luck and please spread the word!
Have a great weekend.
We would like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone that took the time to enter the giveaway. It has been so much fun reading all your entries. Without further ado, the winner is SANDYANDCOSMO. Please send your postal address to email@example.com and your new splash shawl will be posted to you straight away.
Happy New Month!
1 Oct 2011
Yes, you guessed it. There is a brand new Supersnap Clutch collection from Urbanknit hitting the stores next week. The collection is exclusive to The Shop Floor Project who have just opened a brand new Brick and Mortar shop in Ulverston Cumbria.
The Shop Floor
60 Market Street
29 Sep 2011
27 Sep 2011
American TV Personality/ Designer, Angela Simmons looked stunning as she rocked our very own Starfish Ànkárá Super Snap clutch in blue during the recently concluded Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York.
Angela was spotted with the Urbanknit clutch at the front row of the Nanette Lepore Spring 2012 Fashion show at the Stage at Lincoln Centre on September 14, 2011.
Most of you know Angela from her feature (alongside her family) on the MTV reality TV show, “Run’s House” which follows the family life of her father (founding member of hip hop group Run-D.M.C) Rev. Run.
She also went on to star in a spin-off show called “Daddy’s Girls” with her sister Vanessa which follows their life as they start their business, Pastry.
View the pictures from New York Fashion week here www.mtv.com/photos/mtv-style-stars-at-new-york-fashion-week-2011
23 Sep 2011
20 Sep 2011
18 Sep 2011
Thank you to Toyin for your donation! This is the newest addition to the A - Z Initiative idea.
Proceeds from the sale of this bag or any other piece in the same fabric will go towards a relocation, hygiene and educational children's program in Nigeria. More information on that later this month. I met an amazingly inspiring person last weekend and she has such a massive vision to help underpriviledged children living in some of the worst conditions imaginable and Urbanknit would like to lend its support in its own way.
Please click A - Z Initiative for more information about the idea.
Also check out the barometer on the right side of the blog page to see how much we have raised so far.
16 Sep 2011
Did you miss out on The My Asho Pop-Up Boutique experience?
Did you get home and wish you had bought that funky jumpsuit or cool tee?
Well here's a fantastic chance to get your hands on pieces exclusive to the Pop-Up shop still at the fantastic prices that were available on the day.
Available for a limited time only.
My Asho Pop-Up Market
3 Sep 2011
17 Aug 2011
We are excited to announce that we launching our new range of Ipad accessories.
What better way to make a statement than a funky Afrocentric sleeve for your Ipad.
The collection consists of Ipad sleeves in Ankara, Aso-oke or Adire. Each sleeve has various layers internally making it padded and keeping your gadget safe and protected.
They each have a funky chunky zipper in a contrasting or complimentary colour. They are also perfect for Netbooks so just look at the dimensions to see if yours will fit!
Have a look at the full range.
Urbanknit Ipad Sleeves
11 Aug 2011
Guess what! We have great news, we have a new boutique stocking Urbanknit. Technically not new, as it is our fantastic online stockist The Shop Floor Project who have now opened a great little shop in Cumbria.
So if you are in the area and want to get you hands on some exclusive Super Snap Clutches, then do stop by! If you look really closely in the picture, there is a Supersnap in the window. We are very very excited and want to say a big congratulations to The Shop Floor Project.
The Shop Floor
60, Market Street,
29 Jul 2011
My Asho, the UK based online fashion store, which stocks items from leading African designer brands is proud to announce its first pop-up shopping event on the 13th and 14th of August in Notting Hill, London.
Available under one roof will be the latest collections from top Fashion, Accessory, Children and
Homeware designers from all over Africa including Tiffany Amber Ng, Christie Brown Ghana, Jewel by Lisa, Urbanknit, Ituen Basi, Nkwo, Kemkem Studio, Zedeye, Zebra Living, Kiki Clothing, Cocoabella and Aimas.
The boutique will be situated in the heart of Notting Hill at 47 Pembridge Road, and will offer stylish, limited edition pieces at affordable prices. These pieces will only be available to purchase at the My Asho pop-up boutique and will not be featured on the MyAsho.com site. On exclusive display will be:
- casually tailored, off-duty chic clothing and whimsical accessories from TAN by Tiffany Amber Ng
- the recently launched J Label: the diffusion line from Jewel by Lisa
- beautifully embellished, hand-painted, t-shirts by Aimas
- unique, handmade clutches and limited edition tie-dye batik shawls from Urbanknit
- dazzling yet classic pieces from Zedeye including pieces from the Tribal Romance SS11 collection
- gorgeous accessories and dresses by Christie Brown Ghana
- clothing, accessories and homeware in stunning African prints by Ituen Basi
- free spirited, nomadic pieces from Nkwo
- signature styles infusing traditional woven African fabrics from KKS by Kemkem Studio
- clean, practical and wearable pieces from the Zebra Living “Mara” Collection
- stylish and fun casual wear by sport-chic brand Cocoabella
- afro-centric designs for ladies and kids by Kiki Clothing
boldness of items typically sold via MyAsho.com. The pop-up shop will be available for a limited time only and collections will be available while stocks last with average prices ranging from £5-£85.
Femi Shobanjo, CEO My Asho says “this is a definite milestone. It is the first time a retail space in such a prime location has been 100% dedicated to top African designers. It just shows the demand is there for these pieces. We are very excited for our designers”
Join us at the My Asho Pop-Up Boutique
When: Saturday 13th August 2011: 10am - 6pm
Sunday 14th August 2011: 10am – 6pm
Where: 47 Pembridge Road, Notting Hill, W11 3HG, London, United Kingdom
28 Jul 2011
The Renegade Craft Fair is headed across the pond to The Old Truman Brewery for our 1st Ever London Fair on October 8+9, 2011, from
11am – 6pm each day! Along with hundreds of today’s best makers of handmade goods, we’ll be hosting hands-on crafting workshops and planning a handful of fun surprises! This exciting indoor showcase of indie-craft is free-to-attend!
Applications for independent craft artists hoping to be a part of this fantastic event close this Friday, July 29!
submit yours here!
At the Renegade Craft Fair you can expect to find only the best indie-craft and DIY artisans! Featuring both local and international talent, shoppers can anticipate a vast array of independently designed jewelry, clothing, paper goods, home + garden goods, posters, artwork, plush objects, bath + body products, and so much more!!
27 Jul 2011
In recognition of the abundance of creativity and business potential in the Nigerian fashion and design industry, Style House, in association with Lagos State, has partnered with MTN to launch the MTN Lagos Fashion & Design Week 2011 (MTN LFDW 2011). MTN Nigeria, being Nigeria’s leading telecommunications provider is the headline sponsor of the Fashion Week, thus harnessing their position in the Industry as leaders. According to Mr. Kola Oyeyemi- GM Consumer marketing, “MTN is not only in the business of selling airtime rather the business is committed to delivering her brand promise by enriching the lives of her customers via exciting and engaging platforms that connect with the passions of her customers. Fashion in Nigeria is a growing industry and there is a need to develop young talents who are vital in the development of Nigeria’s economy”.
The event will target an audience of young, socially conscious and upwardly mobile members of the society. Individuals from the fashion industry such as designers, models, stylists, photographers and make up artists, are also expected to attend.
This event aims to create a platform for Nigeria’s innovative designers and entrepreneurs to present their work before a focused target audience – a vital tool for the creative development of the industry and its positioning in the Nigerian economy. It will support:
- Multiple daily runway shows from various designers who will present their new collections to a dedicated audience of potential buyers, retailers and the press during the four (4) day period
- A Design Exhibition over the 4 Day period will also showcase the best of design – fashion, textile, jewellery, interior, product, photography and innovative products
- MTN LFDW awards – co – sponsored by British Council, is an initiative that aims to promote the development and growth of creatives in the industry by nurturing, fine tuning and harnessing their skills as well as providing them with a solid platform for achieving their goals.
MTN LFDW 2011 awards
As part of MTN’s commitment to enriching lives, MTN, supported by British Council, is providing a learning experience and capacity building for people in the fashion industry. MTN LFDW 2011 awards is giving designers, fashion entrepreneurs and models a chance to compete for the:
- MTN British Council Young Creative Entrepreneur of the Year Awards
- MTN British Council Young Designer of the Year Awards;
- MTN Model of the Year Award
MTN British Council Young Creative Entrepreneur of the Year Awards aims to promote entrepreneurship and provide support for the growing Fashion Industry in Nigeria. It is open to:
- Fashion, textile, accessories or perfume design and production
- Fashion promotion: shows, exhibitions, festivals, events
- Fashion presentation: styling, photography
- Fashion retail: buying, merchandising
- Fashion product research, sourcing, supply chain management
- Fashion marketing, PR, branding, communications, journalism, and publishing
- Applicants must be between 21 to 40 years
- Have at least three years of work experience in the fashion sector
- Display entrepreneurial skills through promotion of the Nigerian fashion industry in either a commercial context, public context, or both.
- Demonstrate leadership potential in the fashion industry through your character, drive and abilities.
- Applicants who are primarily academics are unlikely to be short-listed or successful.
- A star prize of N1,000,000 (One million naira) presented by MTN Nigeria to the winner
- A tour of London Fashion Week and Design Week London by British Council
- Networking workshops facilitated by British Council
MTN British Council Young Designer of the Year award
- Designer must be under 30 years of age at the time of application
- Designers will be required to send sample sketches of their work and samples of finished garments
- Designers must be fully trained or have sufficient knowledge of fashion design
- Designers must not have had an opportunity to market their own collections
- Designers must be capable of developing and presenting their own designs for MTN Lagos Fashion and Design Week
- A star prize win of a brand new Hyundai Jeep valued at N4,000,000 presented by MTN Nigeria to the winner
- Opportunity for 12 finalists to present a collection at MTN Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2011
- Master classes facilitated by British Council to harness skills of the 12 finalist for MTN LFDW 2011
MTN Model of the Year
- between the ages of 15 and 22
- must not be a registered model or have a modelling contract
- 5 feet 8inches tall (minimum)
- have photos to send
- experience – a minimum 6 months and maximum of 12 months)
- ready to be an international ambassador
- N1,000,000 (One Million) cash prize donated by MTN Nigeria
- Training and grooming session for the 12 finalists provided by Beth Models
- Contract with Beth Africa Modelling Agency and winner also gets a chance to enter for Beth Model’s Elite Model Look Nigeria 2012
The call for entry to apply for any of the above mentioned award category is now on. Please log on to www.lagosfashionanddesignweek.com. Applicants have a chance to submit their applications between 30th of June and 24th of July when call for entry officially closes.
MTN LFDW Awards 2011 will have road shows across three states to screen short listed applicants from the Call to Entry process.
Port Harcourt: 25th and 26th July – British Council Office, 127 Olu Obasanjo Road, Port Harcourt GRA Phase 2, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Abuja: 28th and 29th July – British Council Office Plot 3645, IBB Way, Maitama, Garki Abuja
Lagos: 2nd and 3rd August – British Council Office, 20 Thompson Avenue, Off Bourdillon, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria.
These applicants will be screened by a panel of judges, well respected in various fields within the industry. Following the road shows will be Seminars and workshops for successful finalists in each of the categories except the MTN British Council Young Creative Entrepreneur of the Year – winner will be announced shortly after the screening process.
For more information please visit the MTN LFDW website: www.lagosfashionanddesignweek.com
25 Jul 2011
22 Jul 2011
TAFA: The Textile and Fiber Art List is an international membership organisation that seeks to help its members find larger audiences and markets for their work. Launched in January, 2010, TAFA's first members and supporters were art quilters who quickly understood the potential TAFA offered in bringing together small businesses with a fiber art and textile focus. The membership now includes weavers, dyers, and the whole spectrum of contemporary and traditional textile techniques from around the world. As of May, 2011, we have 273 members from 23 countries.
As the web has increasingly become central to finding an audience and sustaining a business, more and more time and energy goes into learning how to promote via social media and other trends. TAFA helps centralise these efforts and provides tools and communities for the members so that they can be found more easily by the larger audience. Several niches have developed within TAFA. We have communities on Facebook, Etsy, and Flickr. Member blogs are streamed together on our site and on to our Facebook page. Coming together in these ways means that there is a much greater chance of being found rather than swimming out there in cyberspace all alone.
Now that TAFA has grown to a decent size, our Blogger platform has become unwieldy, making it hard to explore what our members really have to offer. Aside from the gorgeous products that our members have for sale, we also have a gold mine of expertise and talent that needs to be accessed. Many or our members offer workshops, have published books, give lectures, and several have fascinating global tours that focus on textiles. We want our audience to have access to these gifts. We also want to centralise our knowledge and have a place where members who need help can find mentors and guidance as they build their businesses. During this first year it has become clear that although many of our members are tech savvy, others are completely overwhelmed with new technologies. Our new website will provide tutorials or referrals to help them learn some of these skills.
TAFA has unique potential both for its members and for the community at large. The new website offers tools that we cannot develop on our current platform and we hope that YOU will help us achieve this vision. TAFA's New Website.
We have contracted with a talented tech team, Horizon Media Group, which can deliver our dream site. The site will have a powerful search engine with image based results. Each member will have their own landing page which they can edit at will. Their presence on the web will be documented there and they will submit images which will show up as search results, linking back to their member profile. There will be separate pages with streamed information for their member blogs and events. A member only section will have tools and links for the members. Users will be able to search through a menu of categories, by key words, location, and price range. The site will integrate fully with social media sites.
Who will benefit from the new site?
- TAFA Members are the obvious first benefactors, but there are others.
- Shoppers: Members and their products will be easily found. TAFA aims to become THE destination for anyone interested in textiles and fiber art. Those looking for handmade gifts, a new textile for their wall, commissioned work for churches and corporations, functional quilts, ethnic textiles, wearable art, toys, and other products made by our members will be able to find them. Galleries and boutiques will find new suppliers. Museums will find new artists and sources.
- Writers: Book and blog authors who write about textiles and fiber art will have a place where they can come and readily find people and product to write about.
- Other artists: TAFA already is a source of inspiration for the fiber art community. But, perhaps many do not know that our members are also a great source for supplies. We have members selling dyes, fabric, textile stamps, vintage textile remnants, ribbons, roving, yarns, along with many other tools and products that are phenomenal. Many of them follow fair trade or green practices and combined, they are an invaluable resource.
- Students of fiber art: Many TAFA members have been leaders withing their niche for years. They offer workshops and have authored books. Site users will be able to see current projects, shows, blog updates, workshops, and watch videos made by or about our members.
- Peer Organizations: The textile and fiber art community has scores of organizations around the world. Some are better known than others, but members will be able to add their affiliations as live links. For example, TAFA currently has 46 SAQA members. A TAFA member recently posted on our facebook group that she would be attending the conference and was wondering who else would be there. On the new site, visitors will be able to click on an affiliation and all TAFA members will pop up. Half of our members have shops on Etsy. Click on Etsy and members pop up, all illustrated by visual icons.
- Travelers: One TAFA member recently traveled to Paris from the US. She looked up another TAFA member there and they had a great time! Most of our TAFA members have studios or workshops open to the public. We also have several galleries who are members. Visitors will be able to search members by location and find people they would like to visit. Isn't that the best way to learn about a new place you are visiting? The TAFA Connection!
What We Need and What You GetOur Geek Team (said with affection) has estimated that our new site will cost $5,000.
We decided to use a crowd funding approach to move forward on the new site, so here we are!What do you get? Well, if you are a textile/fiber art fan, you will understand the importance of what we are doing and will certainly benefit in one or more ways that were listed above. If you support the arts in general, you will know how hard this economy has been on the whole industry. Many of us who are trying to make it in the arts really feel like survivors as we have watched our normal supporters struggle with their own losses. We are living in chaotic times with financial, human and ecological disasters happening worldwide. If you have the financial ability to support us and decide to do so, you will definitely have the feel good reward for helping us move ahead so that we can help ourselves. And, of course, we are offering some perks to thank you as we can. The perks on the sidebar give a general outline of what we can offer. As some members are offering perks which are limited in quantity, we are creating a page on our site which will be updated with available donations. The most important thing we hope you will get is enjoyment and use of our dream site when it is launched. How will your money be used? Our Geek Team has broken down the site into phases which can be launched as we move along. The first phase is the hardest as it builds the background of the site and its search engine. This first phase will cost around $3,000. We will post updates here and on our site as we move along. If we exceed our goal with this fundraiser, we will use the money to promote our site in other places where we can start finding those markets we long for.
What does it take to raise $5,000?
Money is the obvious answer and we have broken it down:
104 New Members ($48). Do you know of other people or businesses who could benefit by joining TAFA? Have them take a look at our criteria on this page. The membership fee is a one-time fee with no renewals. It will be going up to $75 when the new site is launched.
23 Non-Member Sponsor Ads ($215/yr). Similar sites to our future one charge about this per week! Just 23 people advertising for one year could make our dream site come true. Sponsor info is on this page. Current ads will transfer to the new site.
50 $100 donations, 250 $20 donations or 500 $10 donations. It all adds up and we appreciate every penny.