Chris­tian Louboutin

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Lux­ury fash­ion de­signer Chris­tian Louboutin has un­veiled his lat­est col­lab­o­ra­tion with his friend Valérie Sch­lum­berger and the women of La Mai­son Rose – a char­ity that works with and as­sists vul­ner­a­ble women and chil­dren in Sene­gal by de­vel­op­ing their cre­ative and craft­ing skills. The re­sult of the col­lab­o­ra­tion is the Africaba Tote Bag, which is a gor­geously bright day bag that cel­e­brates the vi­brant colours of Sene­gal and its west African flair. Louboutin an­nounced the bags on his In­sta­gram ac­count, where he cap­tioned one of the posts: “Our lat­est col­lab­o­ra­tion is a story of friend­ship, cre­ativ­ity and rein­ven­tion...”

Louboutin says the bags are unique, not be­ing mass-pro­duced, un­like their other prod­ucts. In­stead, the women of La Mai­son Rose de­cided what each bag would look like so that no two bags would be the same. The French de­signer has also been quoted as say­ing “the charm is in the idio­syn­cra­sies and slight dif­fer­ences that emerge when you are work­ing with peo­ple who make things by hand”.

Ten per­cent of pro­ceeds from this ex­clu­sive line will go to sup­port La Mai­son Rose, but be­ing Chris­tian Louboutin means that the bags don’t come cheap, each one cost­ing $1 250 (R18 000). Shop for the Africaba on chris­tian­louboutin.com

PRETTY LIT­TLE THINGS Menswear de­signer Sti­aan Louw has col­lab­o­rated with WeTheBrave to pro­mote safer sex

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