Urbanknit is a small independent label started by Dolapo James in 2003 to create one-of-a-kind handmade fashion accessories in the broad categories of bags and scarves for those with a taste for something a little different.
They love the idea of accessories that are a bit quirky and unique which will give that great outfit just the right amount of drama. With pieces which are wearable and fun at the same time.The challenge of putting a modern twist on what is considered to be traditional, be it wool or batik! is ver much welcome as they also hope this makes the pieces fun and more accessible to all and believe that beautiful and unusual things come out of Africa and this should be celebrated where possible.
Bags and Scarves:
Urbanknit provides a mix of accessories. Knitted and crocheted accessories such as
scarves, scarflettes, and cowls have a loyal fan base in the US, the UK, Canada, Denmark and Germany during the cold winter months. The chunky wool XL cowl, available in various colours is an Urbanknit bestseller.
The bags in theform of clutches, totes and pouches, also have a very varied demographic of buyers as far as Singapore and Hawaii with the Snap clutches fast becoming another popular buy.
Prints (Ankara), batiks (Adire) and hand-woven fabrics (such as Aso-oke) are sourced from local African markets and are combined with modern materials like leather, satin, silks and velvets to produce handbags and purses that are fun, funky and wearable. The fabrics are mainly from Nigeria and Ghana with plans of experimentation with fabrics from other African countries in the near future. The idea is focused on using traditional and locally produced material so as to support indigenous production and African creativity. Luxurious and textured yarns are sourced directly from manufactures or small independent producers.
Each and every Urbanknit piece is handmade; carefully and lovingly put together. The bags are produced in limited runs so that no two people have identical pieces. As well as the design, close attention is paid to the production and finishing of each item to ensure their durability and overall quality
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Dolapo is a qualified architect and started Urbanknit as a hobby which became a part-time business and eventually a full time endeavour. Urbanknit is available online and in select boutiques.
Tel: Lagos- 08035252360
Tel: London- 07909968054