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Embrace the Vibrant Colours of Femininity in Lalesso



It’s great to see and follow a labels growth in the Industry . Lalesso is a well recognized African Fashion brand and it continues to establish itself  beyond the African borders.

Lalesso was launched in 2005 in the city of  Cape Town, South Africa by Olivia Kennaway and Alice Heusser. The inspiration behind the brand came from a holiday to Olivia’s home country- Kenya where the pair travelled to the remote Island of Lamu off the coast of Kenya. The traditional attire of the local women in these coastal regions, is the captivating and beautiful ‘khanga’ or ‘lesso’; it’s intrinsic patterns and vibrant colours were the inspiration for the birth of the Lalesso brand.

The pair felt it was necessary to be socially responsible to their community and took the initiative to set up their own workshop in Diani Beach, Kenya. Starting out with just two seamstresses they now have a team of 22. Lalesso instigated the start up of SOKO (, an eco and ethical production plant.

Lalesso makes use of  lots of bright colours;  greens, pinks and blues, all in a rainbow-coloured splash!  In this collection, they present a large selection of  day dresses and skirts; from the A-line dresses and skirts, to the maxi dresses, layered skirts, and wrap dresses which all pay attention to the waist and the neckline of the woman. The styles, mixed with the colours makes it a very feminine and girly collection.

Lalesso designs are made to flatter the woman; with a style suited for almost every figure.  Their strongest design point is their use of florals in this collection. They aren’t your regular floral prints but come across as reminiscent of the lovely island of Lamu.

Summers practically here and these pieces are prefect for a nice day out in the sun, also appropriate for the warm evening breeze!

View their current Runway 2010 collection below:

Lalesso’s new collection will make its debut at the Cape Town Fashion Week in August.
For more information visit
Shop Lalesso @ Africhic


Born of an igala mother and an ibibio father, a true Nigerian in every sense. Currently a student of Pharmacy. Loves fashion, literature, has a sweet tooth.Wishes she could play a sport or a musical instrument.


  1. Bola #1

    May 11, 2010 at 5:39 am


  2. Adurogboye Josephine

    May 11, 2010 at 8:37 am

    africa is going the simplicity of the dresses.

  3. anon

    May 11, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Super late on this one, y’all.

  4. fokasibe

    May 13, 2010 at 8:03 am

    Lovely, all!!

  5. reen

    May 13, 2010 at 8:35 am

    not my spec really

  6. ope

    May 13, 2010 at 9:41 am

    dis is soo lovely!!!!!!!!

  7. africanist

    May 13, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Really????? What’s with all the white models? Is this really for Africans or
    merely clothing for whites sewn in African fabric?

  8. Nene

    May 14, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    @ africanist. There are white Africans, especially in S/Africa, duh.Stop being sentimental over nothing.

  9. Lina

    May 14, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Bella you shld ban racist comments, if this was a white person saying this things we call em racist GHEez everybody seem to have a problem with white models….black white brown even japanese it dont make no difference!

  10. Vanessa Fadipe

    May 25, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Dont tell me that we are starting the complexion thing again!!!!!!!!! Pls lets get over this…

  11. Fashionista

    May 25, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    I love LaLesso but it is way too expensive!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. ajiri avae

    October 10, 2010 at 1:00 am

    @ fashionista. it’s not expensive. you can’t afford it.

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