Local fashion brand, Lalesso, recently celebrated their tenth birthday at GUILD in the Silo District in Cape Town. As part of the celebration, they launched their #10year10stories collaborative collection, which features ten products with ten brands. Lalesso’s theme of sustainability, Africa and summer remains central in each of the collaboration designs. And the products reflect both brands’ identity while honouring Lalesso’s ten-year journey. At this occasion Lalesso also launched a refreshed brand.
Co-founders, Alice and Olivia met whilst studying Fashion Design in Cape Town. Alice, a South African, and Olivia from Kenya, were inspired to start Lalesso after traveling to the remote Island of Lamu in the North of Kenya where the coastal Swahili women wear the colourful khanga cloth.
We love this brand for it’s originality, African spirit and sustainable approach. One can always spot a Lalesso garment in a crowd, they design and create their own unique fabrics that are digitally printed on natural or recycled fabrics. Digital printing requires a lot less water than other printing methods and results in very little waste. They only utilise the services of garment factories that have safe working environments, are pleasant and accommodate the needs of the workers. All their clothing and swimwear is 100% African made.
Lalesso chose ten African brands to collaborate with, which resulted in ten limited edition products:
Lalesso x Pichulik
Pichulik jewellery and ornamentation is handcrafted in South Africa from locally sourced materials.
The collaboration bag is made from sustainable hemp linen blend fabric with a print from the Lalesso Spring Summer 2012 collection and is embellished with Pichulik’s chunky leather tassels and two oversized resin set rope handles. The handles can be used as a neck cuff and the bag as a clutch bag.
Lalesso X Pichulik Wide Handle Tassel Hem Bag, R3200 BUY
Lalesso x House of Gozdawa
House of Gozdawa is a Cape Town based small batch perfume house, which uses all-natural essential oils. All perfumes are free from chemically created or enhanced ingredients.
The collaboration scent, DUSK, has light nuances of jasmine flower and coffee bean with rare Southern African botanicals and violet leaf absolute. Having experienced this scent, I can tell you that DUSK is the epitome of African summer. Fresh and tropical. My husband and I both wear this scent, it’s completely unisex.
The limited edition set is packaged in traditional Kenyan materials and textures which include a mango wood lid and coconut basket weave container and comes with a Lalesso printed scarf.
Lalesso X House of Gozdawa ‘Dusk’ Eau De Parfum, R2990 BUY
Lalesso x Hadithi
Hadithi which means “a story” in Swahili, is a social empowerment project, working with women in rural communities in Kenya.
The Lalesso x Hadithi collaboration design features a handmade, naturally dyed sisal basket with leather shoulder straps and flap and Lalesso print lining. Each limited edition backpack is unique in colour.
Lalesso X Hadithi Kenya Sisal Basket and Leather Back Pack, R1600 BUY
Lalesso x Temple of Reason
Temple of Reason collaborates with artists to create unique men’s swimwear. Each collection is created as a limited edition and supports a charity of the artist’s choice.
The collaboration between Lalesso and Temple of Reason included a custom Lalesso print design onto Temple of Reason’s classic men’s swim shorts. The print features design elements and motifs from each of the past ten years of Lalesso prints.
Lalesso X Temple Of Reason Anniversary Print Men’s Swim Shorts, R790 BUY
Lalesso x Yswara
Based in Johannesburg, Yswara creates fine African teas. Leaves are handpicked and sun-dried using only natural methods.
The Lalesso x Yswara collaboration is a tea and candle set featuring a blend with summer-inspired notes of Rooibos, Pineapple and Kola Nut. Truly delicious! The set includes a brass cast Scarab beetle necklace pendant by jewellery designer Anna Rosholt. The symbolism of the scarab represents rebirth and regeneration.
Lalesso X Yswara Tea and Candle Set with Scarab Beetle Pendant, R1590 BUY
Lalesso x Dear Rae
Local jewellery brand Dear Rae, creates beautiful, feminine pieces and custom-made designs.
The Lalesso x Dear Rae collaboration piece looks at symbolisms of the numeral ten. The parallel lines in the pair of brass bangles are the Mayan symbol for ten. One of the brass bangles has ten notches on it whilst the other is a hammered texture, combining the pattern and texture rich nature of Lalesso print design. The bangles come with a small ceramic dish.
Lalesso X Dear Rae Bangles and Ceramic Jewellery Dish, R1250 BUY
Lalesso x Wild Earth Botanics
Wild Earth Botanics is a Kenyan brand that sources and creates natural luxury botanical blends and unique skincare and home products.
The collaboration resulted in a hand carved mango wood case containing a set of five organic tropical oils; Moringa, Neem, Baobab, Macadamia and Coconut – each containing their unique and natural, nourishing, healing and repairing properties. The oil droppers feature Maasai beading detail inspired by palettes and designs of Lalesso prints.
Lalesso X Wild Earth Botanics Set of Five Organic Tropical Oils, R1290 BUY
Lalesso x SOKO
SOKO is a clothing manufacturing business based in Rukinga Wildlife Sanctuary in Kenya. Its trademarked handkerchief hem skirt design is made using traditional khangas bought from the markets in Mombasa.
All ten limited edition Lalesso x Soko skirts are entirely unique. The skirts come packaged in a traditional Kenyan coconut palm basket weave sleeve which can be used as a clutch purse.
Lalesso X Soko Kenya The Original Lalesso Khanga Skirt, R790 BUY
Lalesso x 20eight
20eight is a design studio based in Pretoria with roots in architecture, product design, fashion design and industrial design.
Reinterpreting 20eight’s award winning eyewear design with Lalesso’s African flare, the Lalesso x 20eight design incorporates Maasai beading into the innovative 3D printed eyewear frames.
Lalesso X 20 Eight 3d Printed Eyewear with African Bead Inlay, R3700 BUY
Lalesso x Hemporium
Hemporium offers high quality, innovative products to raise awareness of the incredible versatility of industrial hemp – from nutrition to textiles and construction.
The Lalesso x Hemporium collaboration is a custom anniversary print hemp canvas beach or picnic throw. Trimmed with trademark Lalesso tassels and emblazoned with Lalesso’s own Swahili saying ‘Kusherekea miaka kumi ya Afrika kiangazi’ meaning ‘celebrating ten years of African summer’.
Lalesso X Hemporium Hemp Beach Blanket, R1190 BUY
Happy birthday Lalesso, may there be many more.