Canada-based ThamaniAfrique is a Sierra Leonean fashion brand, founded by Rita Jalloh. The name of the brand comes form the words ‘Thamani’, which is swahili for positivity and quality, and ‘Afrique’, which is french for Africa. ThamaniAfrique sells gorgeous handmade Africa-inspired accessories, outfits, home decor items and awesome custom-made shoes, which feature striking, bold colors and beautiful African prints!
Rita is a passionate designer, whose love for art and creativity were apparent even at the tender age of 3, when her mother bought her her first little sewing machine, as an outlet for her talent! Gorwing up around people who made their own clothes and accessories, little Rita was fascinated by the beauty of African fashion, and has drawn inspiration from it ever since.
The designer loves her place of origin and its cultural heritage, and appreciates and celebrates traditional textiles such as the kente cloth, the vibrant colors in African fashion and the history that comes with them.
We are certainly looking forward to seeing this brand grow even more, as we love Rita Jalloh’s handmade creations and style! Take a look for yourselves;