Lupita shares the joy of Soi

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With just about ev­ery de­signer on earth clam­our­ing for her at­ten­tion, ac­tress Lupita Ny­ong’o is pos­i­tively spoilt for choice.

But it was Kenyan de­signer Michael Soi who caught her eye with his range of artis­tic Afropop bags.

Ny­ong’o took to In­sta­gram to share two of his bags with her mil­lions of fol­low­ers, gain­ing about 48 000 likes and mak­ing Soi an in­stant fash­ion favourite world­wide.

Soi, who is first and fore­most a renowned vis­ual artist, turned his artis­tic skill into a se­ries of au­then­ti­cally Kenyan, fash­ion- for­ward tote bags that celebrate the black fe­male iden­tity and Africa’s place in the 21st-cen­tury fash­ion world.

De­spite a flood of en­quiries for the bags, Soi is de­ter­mined to stay true to his tal­ent and took to his Face­book page to say his in­ten­tion was not to ad­ver­tise bags but to share his idea of art. He in­tends to make each bag by hand and told buy­ers they might have to wait up to three months if they wanted qual­ity. – Binwe Ade­bayo Check Soi out online at stu­dioafrica.tum­


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