Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Colour in Brixton: Ohema Ohene

I have long walked through the markets in Brixton and admired the brilliant fabrics that remind me of my travels through West Africa over 13 years ago.  I don't need to tell you about the colour of Brixton, even those who haven't been here know about the colours that exist in this melting pot of cultures and languages, all stirred in with a raw edge of urban Britishness.

That is why I'd like to share Ohema Ohene, a brand and boutique on Atlantic road created in 2008 by British born designer Abenaa Pokuaa. Ohema Ohene means Queen & King in the Ghanaian language of Twi, a reference to Pokuaa's Ghanaian heritage.

The clothes and accessories blend a perfect balance of western lines and cuts, with vibrant African fabrics (some originally Ghanaian, others inspired by Ghana and designed by Pokuaa). What sets this brand apart from many other fashion ranges I see in any kind of independent shop, is the amazing quality of finish achieved by the team who sew each piece. The clothing of course begins with the vision, the fabric, the design, but it's the lining, the stitching, the precision that can't be hidden when looking at the clothes up close. I highly recommend you take a trip if you ever find yourself down Atlantic Road, these are some amazing value pieces, with edge and soul, a killer combination.

 All images Ohema Ohene
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