So I came across a great new collection of print shoes by Sara Coulibaly, and I could not resist presenting these shoes without acknowledging what first came to my mind on sight of these shoes. Africa is going through a popularity phase with exposure via social media and new technology, challenging the mainstream presentation of our lifestyles. We can now see popularity from music to our dance to culture to slang and obviously fashion.
The ‘print’ has spearheaded aspects of this growing trend of Africanism where as fashion is concerned. Hence the title of our latest issue, ‘Print Is The New Black’. However, as most fashonistas and fans ride the growth of print fashion, what most don’t acknowledging is they are simply wearing print versions of the standard clothes. A pair of print shorts, a print t-shirt, your typical open toe shoe with print overlay and so forth. One can not really call it designs unless the print colours play a role to it. There is nothing wrong with this if it looks good. As print is so hot now and hasn’t even reached it’s peak yet, there is a lot more room for the print version of anything.
However, fashion forward people might either look beyond that now, or for the most part of it we would be hit with it in the near future. At which point a ‘print anything’ will not do when one wants to be trendy. From then on comes two things. First is the branding ie wearing a print clothing because it is accustomed by a known brand or designer that you love. The second is, a print clothing that actually has unique designs, or maybe both.
To be honest this is the stage I am waiting for, this was something I touched on a little in the article ‘The Difference Between African Fashion Designers And Print Tailors’, and to my surprise a beautiful Ivorian designer by the name of Sarah Coulibaly drops this amazing collection called Precious. Now we get a taste of print shoes that are not simply overlayed with print, but actually customized and designed. LOVELY!! Read the press release below the images.
Since the first pair of shoes created with the African Ankara fabric, CEO and founder, Sara Coulibaly has magnified and brought to life through every pair and collection thereafter; the beauty of fusing materials, the resourcefulness of craftsmanship and the eclectic contrasting of colours
Founded 2 years ago as Carpe Diem, My Miry which literally translates as ‘my thoughts’ in the Malinké dialect of Ivory Coast has re-launched after a 6 months hiatus. The Parisian based womenswear brand has transformed itself into an exclusive premium footwear and accessories brand crafted from the drawing board of Sara’s imagination and inspiration to being brought alive in the South of Spain at a studio that also enlists Carolina Herrera as clients.
The brand presents a 13 piece collection termed ‘Precious’ each representing the name of a precious stone; the first collection under My Miry where quality is assured – only premium leather is used on the exterior, interior and the sole and only the best quality Ankara fabrics sourced from around Africa are used. Comfort is assured – the pieces are refined and glamorous, modern and ethnic to accentuate your feet. A great quality fit adapted to the life of the woman in motion.
‘I wanted to create pieces that were literally as precious each in their own right so we employed different fabric styles on each of the 13 pairs to ensure they were unique, elegant and classic’ states Sara Coulibaly.
The pieces will be available to buy from the website www.mymiry.fr (currently under revamping).