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We All Need “Everyday Things” – Leather Goods & Accessories brand Minku presents its Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection

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Minku Autumn-Winter 2014 Bag Collection - BellaNaija - December2013024In 2012, Minku Leather Goods entered the Nigerian fashion scene with their bag collection modeled by musician Nneka.

Now they’re back with “Everyday Things“, their Autumn/Winter 2014 collection. This collection reflects on modern life, particularly the normalcy of high-tech objects — whose existence couldn’t have been imagined 60 years ago — existing side-by-side with artifacts and concepts that have formed part of our daily home life for centuries.

The collection, which will also be shown at the Barcelona Fashion Week next January, includes designs like the Oga Patapata, a bag made from sheep hide and buffalo skin and lined with aso-oke, and the Afefe bag, which at 300g, is super lightweight for a leather bag its size.

Through her handmade designs, Kunmi Otitoju attempts to relay a fresh sub-Saharan aesthetic characterized by her subtle use of elements from her culture and artisan approach to contemporary bag making. She merges leathers from Spain with aso-oke and damasks from Nigeria to create bespoke leather good and accessories every time.

Check out the collection.

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Photo Credits:
Photographer: Kunmi Otitoju
Stylists: Cristina Ramirez and Kunmi Otitoju
Models: Alexandra Silverio and Alex Kingue
To buy a piece from the collection please check out this link HERE | For the full collection visit www.minkudesign.com | Like them on Facebook | Twitter | Email [email protected]

12 Comments

  1. sam

    December 28, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Not working for me sha.

  2. bobbydox

    December 28, 2013 at 10:56 am

    great bag but bad photoshoot concept

    • Tosin

      December 29, 2013 at 10:27 am

      Can you help suggest better photoshoot concepts? Maybe it’d be better to do different shoots for different audiences in future, as in what works in one country/market may just not be it for you. You can post it here or at http://www.minkudesign.com

  3. it's not alright

    December 28, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    go back to the drawing board……jeez

    • Tosin

      December 29, 2013 at 10:28 am

      drawing board loun loun 🙂 In what way sha, like what’s your style?

  4. FJD

    December 28, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Nice 1…I think I like the male bags…Hvae they got a
    website BN?

  5. Minku

    December 28, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    FJD, our web site is http://www.minkudesign.com!

    • that boy is fineeee

      December 28, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      just the way you typed your website….please ehnnnnn type the hottt ass-boy’s number down.thank you in advance

  6. Kunmi

    December 29, 2013 at 9:34 am

    @ sam, @bobbydox, @it’s not alright, thanks a lot for your feedback, all your comments are duly noted!

    I work in an exciting space that includes Nigerian designers like Maki Oh and Bridget Awosika, the only two other Nigerian designers I know who are definitely making their own pieces, or have a major hand in their creation. It’s a tricky space to work in because of the undiluted nature of the end product. For instance, there is a notedly huge difference in the look of these products compared to those where the designers draw a sketch and give it to a great tailor in London or Lagos or Shanghai (not that there is anything wrong with that, just a different approach to designing).

    But it’s also the most rewarding space for me to work in, for personal and business reasons. For business reasons because people who fall in love with the brand, or with specific pieces from it, from my experience really fall in love with it. That is what every creator dreams of, and I guess it happens because there is an authenticity in the creations and ideology that is reciprocated by the following.

    Minku is a Nigerian brand with a seriously international reach (I admit it has a lot to do with my Computer Science background, access to an international network, sharing of much-searched leatherwork knowledge via the Minku blog, and faith). For those interested in finding out more about what we like over here at Minku, our ideology, how we make our bags, and yes, @thatboyisfine more editorial photos featuring our models, our online magazine Yonderland (http://www.minkudesign.com/yonderland) is now in its fourth edition and is a good place to start. Welcome!

  7. Tosin

    December 29, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Yesterday’s little show was fun (in Lekki phase one, waterfront near the produce store called farmfresh or something on Admiralty) , today even more fun I hope. Them bags are some jewels. And the gallery is always online though shipping from abroad is not as fast as being able to touch them now.
    Sisibabes, chill out, there are fine boys in Naija too, lol.

  8. tee

    December 30, 2013 at 1:12 am

    Lovely bags. Minku all the way.

  9. Seun

    February 1, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    I love the bags and the ethos of the company. I’ve been following them for a while now, happy for them that they are getting some international recognition.

    Founders Grid – foundersgrid.com/fashion-startup-nigeria

    And it seems they also show in Barcelona’s fashion week -080barcelonafashion.cat/es/blog/objectesubjecte/minku-bags-la-union-de-dos-culturas

    We nigerians like to diss what we have until other people come and recognize it for us. Minku, I hope you will go places.

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