Monday, March 2, 2015

A Modern Take on African Textiles from Impala

[all photos courtesy of Impala]

Now that the U.K.'s big names have taken the stage at London Fashion Week, let's turn our attention to another British label that's been flying under the radar since it's November launch. Impala is the brainchild of Yaw Acquah, a second-generation Ghanian who infuses high street style with the vibrant colors and bold patterns of African textiles.

"The idea for the company came fully formed when I started to notice I would get a really positive reaction every time I wore a traditional African print shirt," Acquah said.  "The problem was that, as great as the patterns were, the fit of the clothes really didn't tie in with what was current."

With Acquah's heritage informing his designs, Impala serves as a midway point between cultures, marrying traditional African prints with contemporary Western cuts and reflecting the designer's experience as a Ghanian raised abroad.

Impala's first collection includes men's and women's vintage wax prints, plus original designs on t-shirts and sweats, all priced between £23 and £40. With delivery available worldwide, you can shop the line here.


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