Few products capture the spirit of conscious shopping like AAKS’s delicately handcrafted bags. Made by women in Ghana, the bags are designed in a joyful range of colors using expert weaving techniques that speak to a strong cultural heritage. The founder, Akosua Afriyie-Kumi, built a sustainable brand that is rooted in empowering women artisans and promoting African craftsmanship.

“Providing opportunities for other women in my workplace is inspirational to me.”

When asked what being the woman founder of a successful business means to her, Akosua told POPSUGAR, “I love the freedom of creativity that comes with owning my own business and incorporating my passion into my day-to day-activities, plus providing opportunities for other women in my workplace is inspirational to me.”

It only felt right to highlight this brilliant entrepreneur and her impact during Women’s History Month.

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With the ubiquity of fleece in all its forms – oversize hoodies, mixed-print jackets, half-zip pullovers (the unofficial uniform of tech bros) – it’s almost hard to believe how unbelievably uncool it was when the fabric was first conceived 40 years ago. What was originally considered merely a practical solution to scratchy textiles has been reincarnated over and over again to become the latest street style staple.

The story of the humble fleece officially begins in 1981, though it actually dates back a decade earlier when a man named Yvon Chouinard, known as the “father of fleece” and founder of a then-little-known mountaineering apparel store called Patagonia, went searching for a synthetic “miracle fabric” that offered the same level of warmth and durability as wool, but was also lightweight, easy to clean, and quick to dry. His wife, Malinda Chouinard, discovered something that held promise: a polyester that was, surprisingly, … Read the rest

The conversation about lack of diversity in the fashion world is long overdue. But in the last nine months, kickstarted by the killing of George Floyd, the dialogue has finally reached a place where companies seem to be listening, and more than that, vowing to change. In terms of retail and consumer behavior, that means a call to dismantle the inequities that exist in everything from hiring practices to casting ad campaigns and creating shelf space. As brands share their plans of action, the bulk of the work seems to fall on the (relatively) newly formed role of Chief Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Officer. Considering that racism is prevalent across the industry, the loaded title begs the question: what exactly does a D&I officer do?

With corporate entities in the hot seat amid calls for more diversity, roles centric to diversity and inclusion efforts may feel fresh to some, but … Read the rest

Imagine finding the perfect pair of jeans and falling in love for the rest of your life? That was me when I discovered these Agolde Pinch Waist High Rise Kick Jeans ($178) two years ago. Yes, I’m being dramatic because I spent months looking for the one, and when I slipped into these Agolde jeans, it was quite literally love at first fit.

I could immediately tell they were high quality.

I could immediately tell they were high quality. The nonstretch denim and waist buttons provide some structure without restricting my movements, and the fabric doesn’t itch or fade over time. Everything from the high-waist fit to the ankle length is designed with style in mind. I have since acquired many other pairs from Agolde, and I haven’t felt the need to experiment with more brands. My favorite way to wear them is with a fitted square-neck top and open-toe … Read the rest

Headbands can be a divisive accessory. On one hand, they’re practical in the sense that they keep your hair out of your face – a godsend in pandemic times – and on the other, they call to mind a certain preppy nostalgia that feels cutesy and, well, borderline basic. Regardless of the latter, I’ve become a newly minted fan of statement headbands. Though I was skeptical at first, I simply cannot deny how seamlessly headbands add polish to any ensemble and, let’s be honest, act as literal saviors on dirty hair days (I see you, updo). If you’ve tried this timeless trend, then you know all too well that there’s just something about a headband that can tie your whole outfit together. Plus, who couldn’t use another easy (and affordable) way to accessorize for Zoom?

In my recent foray into the world of headbands, I’ve tried my fair share of … Read the rest

For those who don’t know Chella Man, he is a 22-year-old artist, activist, author, and actor who identifies as Deaf, trans, Jewish, and Chinese. He recently collaborated and executive produced Trans in Trumpland, a four-part docuseries that sheds light on the Trump administration’s harmful effect on the trans community and he has announced his first book, Continuum, to be released in June. The list of what he is working on to push for representation in our country goes on, and you should absolutely be following his endeavors. His latest project comes during National Deaf History Month – a jewelry collection he worked on with genderless, Asian-led brand Private Policy, with designers Siying Qu and Haoran Li at the helm. (This is not Chella Man’s first foray into fashion as he also collaborated with Opening Ceremony on an inclusive clothing line in 2019.)

“Redefining the machinery with my art

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Walmart has announced fashion designer Brandon Maxwell will be joining its fashion team as the creative director for the retailer’s exclusive fashion brands Free Assembly and Scoop. Brandon is known for his high-fashion designs that have been worn by everyone from Lady Gaga (he created her famous meat dress!) to Gigi Hadid. He is set to collaborate with Walmart’s teams, from design to production, to develop seasonal men’s, women’s, children’s, and accessories collections for Free Assembly and Scoop.

“Working with Walmart has long been a dream of mine. Like many people across the country who live in a small town, Walmart was the destination for everything where I grew up in Texas, including clothing,” Maxwell said in a press release. “This partnership allows me to bring the experience and joy of fashion to countless people who live in small towns across the country. Everyone deserves to have access to well-designed … Read the rest

The terms “Natural” and “Organic” seem to be spreading like wildfire across the store shelves nationwide, creating a lot of confusion about what it really means to be an organic skin product. Since the ‘60s, popular boy bands and vocal groups have been signing record deals with major recording companies. Over the years boy bands have enjoyed a great deal of mainstream popularity. While bands have had success in every decade, some of the biggest best-selling boy bands of the ‘90s have had phenomenal success worldwide. The ‘80s and ‘90s witnessed a number of emerging acts achieve tremendous mainstream success with their albums and singles on music charts. 1979 Keith Broad joins Orlando Pirates and becomes the first white player to sign for a black teamKaizer Chiefs sign a major sponsorship deal with Premier Milling Company. We have already noted above that language is constantly changing. There are many factors … Read the rest

The search for the ultimate beauty product that can delay aging never seems to end. “American and British magazines and Wilfred Sentso’s local publication ‘African Sunrise’ kept African Jazz enthusiasts informed about overseas trends and personalities. They could see and hear African American performers like Lena Horne, Bill Robinson, Cab Calloway, Ethel Waters, Johnny Hodges and Duke Ellington. They could some of these musicians in films such as “Stormy Weather, ‘Cabin In The Sky’ and ‘Black Velvet’. Reason #2: The healthy skin benefits of a natural ingredient seem to be cancelled out by other ingredients in the product. For example, there’s one very popular skin firming moisturizer you can find in most beauty stores today. It contains seaweed extract, a natural substance which has been proven to rejuvenate skin. BUT at the same time, the product also contains aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, a kind of aluminum salt. This substance has been … Read the rest

Jeans are trousers that were made from denim. You can remove ageing lines if you are willing to take all the necessary steps in your daily routine. Using those products packed with natural ingredients, you can exfoliate, protect, and soothe your skin safely. Your skin will eventually lose its capability to exfoliate dead cells. The properties of papaya fruit have the power to do that job. The ultraviolet rays of the sun and the pollution around you can bring damage to your skin, leaving it dull. Antioxidant found in plants can give you a maximum protection against these elements. Do not also forget to check for the other contents in your product that will also moisturize your skin. Bantu was spot-on when he pointed to the absurdness and bogusness by Africans, of hoping that the oppressors will accept their slaves as equals even if they were to achieve economical parity. … Read the rest