This our fourth FEATURED post as we look at future stars and this time we travel to the UK and London via Eritrea.
The guy who has the audacity to make such must have clothing for men is Zekaryas Solomon.
Having been named as one of Africa’s Top 10 Male Designers, as well as being awarded both the Fashions Finest Menswear Designer of the Year and the BEFFTA Best Male Designer 2012, Zekaryas Solomon continues to thrive as a London based, Bespoke fashion designer.
The end of 2012 saw Solomon as guest of honour at FAFA’s Fashion for Peace Gala held in Kenya. Moving into 2013 with the introduction of the first Womenswear collection. Taking part in the Ethno Tendance showcase in Brussels saw the incorporation of accessories, with bags becoming a prominent feature within the Spring/Summer ‘14 collection.
Eritrean born and raised in Germany, Solomon has been creating quite a buzz since his graduation from the London College of Fashion in 2010. With his background originally in Architecture and Design he launched his first menswear collection entitled ME and his second Rouge Et Noir.
Not content with turning menswear upside down on it’s head. Solomon launched his first women’s collection in summer 2013 and now continues to work on the convergence of his men’s and women’s collections to create a Fifth. His designs have been featured in numerous magazines like Sublime, LEONID, FAB, New African Woman and ELEM to mention a few.
When not working from his studio in North Grenwich, he manages to find time to teach students pattern cutting techniques plus garment technology and also teaches Tigrinya and Eritrean language to Bachelor, Master and PhD students of unfamiliar languages at Queen Mary’s University, London. Does he ever sleep!!
As we write he is preparing a show as part of the Eritrean Festival Scandinavia in Stockholm where he’ll be showcasing his limited collection womenswear and menswear, plus accessories. Then an exhibition in September at the Oxo Tower as part of design week. This just one of the ways you can cast an eye over his collection as well as of course his website where you can place orders to purchase bespoke and ready-to-wear garments.
Keren: The Mountain City
Surrounded by huge mountains, Keren is a small and beautiful town located 91kms northwest of Asmara.
The town is a living museum holding numerous historical sites inside it.Keren has over 120,000 inhabitants. While over half of its population is Muslim, it remains a crossroad of many languages, family groups and religions. The climate around Keren is, most of the time, hot and dry. The coolest season is from November to February. Baobab and Acacia trees dot the landscape, as do camels, donkeys, goats and sheep.
Keren is one of the major agricultural centres of Eritrea, particularly for………..