This summer, I was back in Dar-es-Salaam, my home town for a vacation with a difference. Instead of enjoying the wonderful sun, sea and sandy beaches it was more of a working holiday. My aim this time around was to introduce my clothing brand Anna Luks..
Being home is always a blessing. Despite being born and growing up in the city (Dar-es-Salaam, the Swahililand), I found myself surrounded by a "new" Dar!! A world of new faces and lifestyle, it felt strange but understandable at the same time. I was reminiscing of the beautiful old Dar, familiar places and landmarks, many of them are very sadly no more! Things just seemed totally new to me!
I was quite fortunate to have family and friends helping me out in my venture. Karolyn Klaire and Carola Kinasha were the main force behind Anna Luks in Dar by introducing me to many wonderful people in my field. I couldn't have achieved what I did without them.
I had an opportunity to be part of one of the fast-growing Pop Up shops in Dar known as Pop-Up-Bongo which is run by Natasha. The Pop-up-Bongo exhibition event took place on the 2nd August in Slipway Dar-es-Salaam. The turn out and interest was amazing. I was also thrilled to have finally met quite a few of Anna Luks supporters in person for the first time!
The highlight of my trip to Swahililand was being invited by one of the prestigious Fashion Magazine, Bang, for an interview and a photoshoot at Albert Manifester studios in Mwenge Dar-es-Salaam.
I have put together a few highlights/behind the scene of my working holiday in Dar. Enjoy!
Venue: The Terrace , Slipway Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania
My buddies Tony Joett (TJ) with Sauda Simba. Thanks guys for the love! xxx
Natasha of Pop-up-Bongo and Karolyn Klaire wearing Anna luks skirt and crotchet top
Rio-the- Stylist rocking Anna Luks Rope Jacket
Tz model Chelsea E Santana
Tz Designer of Pax Fashion label Judith Ngonjela
At Holiday Inn Dar-es-Salaam
Ruth Luks talking about her Jewelry.
Behind the scenes
Ladies in Red. The coat dress
Dyed hessian fabric
Karolyn in Hessian Coat Dress
Nasreen of Enji Pai Jewellery
Its a wrap guys! @ the Bang Magazine shoot with awesome photographer himself Albert Manifester.
Nasreen Karim of Enjipai and I
Karolyn and I chilling after a meeting with Designer Ally Rhemtullah at the Fish Market in Msasani Dar-es-Salaam
Ally and I
Ally with Anna and Ruth of A&R Luks accessories
Chillaxing ; Anna & Ruth Luks of A&R Luks accessories
Karolyn Klaire, Carolla Kinasha, Athanasius Lukindo, Natasha of Pop-up-Bongo, Lyn Lux, Tony Joett, Zainab and Jabu Maalim.
See you guys very soon!
Woow! Big up for you, Anna Luks! This is well written. Casual. Brief. Detailed. Your honest in words and style is what got me too. Going back after a while. How it felt. Who met you. Who assisted you. Swahili land...the old and new Dar. Keep it up old friend!ReplyDelete
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Wow! Freddy Macha, much appreciated to read a comment from you not just as a friend, but as a journalist. Thank you so much my good old friend.ReplyDelete
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