Preview: Darkroom + Buki Akib

Darkroom continues its inspired collaborations with a window installation celebrating the launch of Buki Akib’s modern take on vintage bohemian bags.

Buki Akib is a Nigerian-born knitwear designer who is fast becoming known for her eclectic mix of textures, pattern and raw ethnic inspiration; an aesthetic that indulges delicious colour and authentic artisan weavers into the accessory mix.

The WIVES collection threads the tales of the extravagant Fela Kuti and his twenty-seven wives into the bags, offering elements of sensuality and undeniable individuality in honour of the lustrous world inside Fela’s shrine. The bags have an earthly pastel quality to them, like a satchel that has been dusted from a worldly school trip adventure in golden sand dunes.

The tassel bag looks like a modern day Pocahontus essential, offering a unique bohemian take on a romantic grunge marriage. The inspiring essence of the collection is how
the prints and textures transport the bag through all social spheres. Business meets bold beats meets festival spirit with a hint of geek chic appeal.

From the delicate Tola clutch that comprises gold silk yarns and dusty lurex, to the bold graphic patterns of the Funmilayo bag, there’s a wife to suit and court every style persona. This collection is without doubt the earthly and fashion forward option for the festival season and beyond.

Words: Charles Matthews