Uncovering; Kipato Unbranded

In an era where globalization is the norm it has become easier to know where your products have come from, with the simple click of a button you can get to know the inspiration behind what you’re wearing , yet the larger our market becomes, the faster we are detaching this invaluable feeling. Learning the story behind your items is an invaluable experience and lets you cherish your pieces even more, with Kipato Unbranded, I got to have this experience.. finding out the story behind the jewelry I am wearing in all the pictures was one great experience and has helped me cherish this art that has been created. I want to share with you this experience because it would be too selfish not to! So come uncover Kipato Unbranded with me 🙂


Kipato Unbranded was a product of a simple dream to create a brand that is ethically responsible and can help create sustainable development on the lives of people that have been disadvantaged.  For Marta, the Founder, the relationship with Kenya and Africa as a whole has been a long and adventurous one! With her work in the development field for over 15 years now greatly tying to the visions of Kipato Unbranded! She has lived in rural Tanzania for 2 years and rural Kenya for 2 years while having worked in the most remote and difficult areas. She lived in Ethiopia as well and has travelled all over Africa – including doing humanitarian work in Sudan, and studying abroad in South Africa. “Africa as a continent inspires me and is where my heart is. Kenya is where my home is.” 



The inspiration behind  Kipato Unbranded – and the people who made it – is to quite simply help people. Summarized in the tag line ‘by everyday people, for everyday people’. They have empowered artists from disadvantaged backgrounds in order to help them succeed in their lives, this entails both professionally and personally. Artists that work side-by-side with Kipato have a unique relationship with the brand- they help create the designs, get to work with other artists, and they know about how Kipato runs and develops every step of the way. They are aware of Kipato’s progress and what is needed to reach various markets and clients.

Marta Krajnik, The Founder, and one of the artists, Ojiko
Marta, The Founder with one of the artists, Ojiko

The founders of the brand and the artists have a close relationship and this has formed the base of the brand; being a family of sorts! Kipato is here to tell the stories of the artists – not only the products they sell. The income artists receive from this business model (50% of returns go to the artists themselves) enables them to improve their lives significantly. “Our artists are our partners in the business (rather than employees), in every sense”. This allows artists like Elijah and Ojiko to develop their skills from more than just jewelry making and has truly allowed them to reinvest in themselves!

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The brand hopes for a brighter future for the artists and a brighter future for Kenya and wider Africa. Improved lives for the brand’s artists; education for their spouses, siblings and loved ones.  Better homes that are situated in better living conditions – especially in terms of access to adequate sanitation, electricity, water, etc – the list goes on. For a more dignified and humane life that the artists can be proud of, that they can accomplish their goals and ambitions.


For Kipato, as a business, they envision ethically responsible growth – “we do not aim to be competitive solely in the private sphere, hence being a social enterprise. Our goal is not to hit the ‘international’ jackpot of a million orders a week, a workshop full of employees, and sky-rocketing prices. We envision partnering with outlets with our same vision and mission: fair prices for fair wages, respect and dignity for ALL – including those that make your accessories so you can look beautiful at that amazing party. We envision a vibrant and creative Kenya and wider Africa that can promote their local artists – a socially conscious generation that cares about its’ people and the future of its’ country. We envision a more socially just world. We envision breaking down the barriers between producers and consumers – to empower the everyday person to understand and stand together as one with those less fortunate. We envision fair trade – an ethically responsible era that will question cheap labour that is needed to produce products for mass consumerism with incredible profit margins for capitalist giants”.


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Although only a few months old, Kipato Unbranded has set the standard for ethically responsible brands in the fashion industry as a whole and 2016 is their year! Check out the Kipato Unbranded Website and they are even offering  15% off your first order of beautiful jewelry with a beautiful story!

For these looks I styled the Basic collection which is made all out of brass with a red evening gown from Mango that I have had for so many years but never worn, it has found its match in these beautiful pieces!

For the recently launched Savannah Collection, which has pieces made out of recycled bone, beads and brass I made a black dress to let the jewelry stand out while still keeping things elegant, the best part I can easily switch up the outfits and wear these as everyday pieces!

Red dress: Mango (similar), Jewelry: Kipato Unbranded- Basic Collection
Black Dress: DIY, Jewelry: Kipato Unbranded- Savannah Collection

Pictures: Aleena Rupani


Showcased in more subtle and refined ways, it is safe to say the 1900s are back with a bang. Seen in almost every show on the runway this fashion season the cycle is repeating itself from A-line skirts to fluted and flared hems, this year has condensed many a decade into its trends and they are here to stay for a while!

A line skirts in all shapes and sizes are also another contender of the 1900s with suede A line skirts definitely being one of the top go to pieces for this season.

Like many others, the 1900 trends are a great source of dressing inspiration for me, the flared pants are a piece of clothing that I have enjoyed wearing a lot. An item that can we dressed up or down making it extremely versatile. Pairing high-waist  flared trousers with a graphic tee and a cropped denim jacket and sandal wedges would be a simple day time look that can be swapped with a cropped top and strap heels for a night out!

The shift dress is not only versatile but super comfortable and conservative. In my opinion the shift dress is one piece that is flattering on everyone and the fact that it comes in infinite colors and prints gives this piece extra brownie points.
I chose a simple white dress with black detailing which greatly added to the “mod” effect, who said black & white has to be plain and boring?!

IMG_1427I paired it with my go to Zara strap heels and a vintage sling bag. In all honesty a lot of my vintage dressing enthusiasm also has got to be due to my new short hair which I love! Definitely going to go shorter next time!

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Sequined Chiffon + Forest Greens

I’m so excited to share with you all a couple of pictures that I got recently for the blog.

Evenings in Kenya are such as great time of the day (when it isn’t raining cats and dogs) and who doesn’t love watching sunsets?

I spent my evening at Karura Forest ( I love this place, could you tell?!)  and this place is great not only for photo-ops but for some down time, the quiet serene place is a pleasant relief from the hustle and bustle of everyday city life.

I wore this dipped hem dress and loved how the white chiffon of this dress played up against the natural background of the forest.

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The dress is by AX Paris and their pieces can be found all over online*

The sequins on the dress makes it more glam which is perfect for events where you want to be a little more dressed up. It could also work for occasions where you want to go full out fancy, prom maybe? You could also wear it during the day like I did . Pairing it with casual sandals and a cropped denim jacket would be perfect for summer!

What I actually love about this dress is the amount of comfort, as much as I place importance on the style of an outfit if isn’t comfortable it wont be something I care for much. This dress looks so elegant yet it feels like something I would be able to sleep in. Kinda perfect really.

This dress makes me so happyy!!

You’re probably aware of my DIY obsessions and can imagine my excitement when I found the coolest thing online, DIY bronzer** ( I KNOW RIGHT?!) I was kind of iffy about it at first but honestly it feels no different than normal bronzer, its super light and it smells amazing. I loved using it for my makeup look, its lovely for contouring and you get to choose what tone you want! Definitely going to be a summer staple for me!


*Shop the Look:  http://www.lyst.com/clothing/ax-paris-dipped-hem-chiffon-dress-white/

**DIY BRONZER: http://theanaraestore.com/index.php?route=simple_blog/article/view&simple_blog_article_id=36

What is your go to day-night transitional piece of clothing for summer?

picture credits: @sajanchotai on instagram


Purrfect Spring Outfit.

First, apologies for the terrible pun! (I know you laughed though)

There comes a point in my life, perhaps once or twice a year where all I can wear is black and white. I’m repelled by all other colours especially the bright ones for that time period.

This time I got stuck in this rut during what many call Spring  however living at the Equator causes us to disregard seasons and hence we identify the weather by what it is; extremely hot and extremely cold.

The weather right now is pleasant despite occasional *everyday* floods, the weather during the day makes me want to pull out all sorts of skirts and dresses, yet most of the day time dresses I own are in bright colours and bold patterns, something I’m just not feeling right now.

This ended up being a style challenge for me and although exam season has brought lots of challenges for me this is one that I actually enjoy 😛

For this look I wanted to stick to the colour palette of Black and White but also wanted the overall look to be girly and vintage inspired and what better way to do that than with a flowy white skirt.vintage skirt

Choosing the skirt was the easy part but finding what to pair it with was kind of difficult, black crop tops made the outfit a little more dressy than I wanted which is ironic cause I’m usually overdressed wherever I go. Oops!

I found a sweater top that I even forgot having and think its perfect for a quirky ensemble! This top from Primark was originally plain black and I cross stitched the cat on it a couple of years back when animal print shirts were a thing (I still think they are! And if not, the should be :p)


I paired it with a pair of pointy black flats which played up the vintage-chic look and a light pink quilted cross body bag. The outfit was both classy and comfy, perfect for me👐

Leave a comment down below with what your perfect spring outfit would be and any challenges you have had! I would like to know 😊


Party under the Trees

I wanted to share with you all pictures from a little adventure I had with my friends recently. We decided to go for a little picnic in the forest and I have to say it was pretty exciting!

PicsArt_1430983333784We went deep into the forest and found a secluded spot where we could set up our area and it was perfect as we managed to get beautiful pictures too!

PicsArt_1430983024564  It was a beautiful sunny day but the previous night’s rain made the ground slightly muddy which you can see through the state of my shoes (hehe).


Outfit Details:

Top: Mr Price

Shorts: Zara

Shoes: Primark

Beautiful Location: Karura Forest (P.S if you’re ever in Kenya do check it out!)

Sweapant Chic

As much as dresses are my go to piece of clothing there are times where wearing pants is tempting, in my case sweatpants- who doesn’t wanna wear pjs outside the house?  So for dinner with the girls last weekend I decided to do just that.

I dressed up a pair of sweatpants with a DIY bralette (same as the one on my last post) showing some skin definitely made the outfit a little more night out appropriate. If you wanna try out this look put on a pair of sexy black heels and a blazer to save you from the chilly night and you’re good to go.


Outfit Details:

Top: DIY

Blazer: Marks & Spencer

Pants: Woolworths

Shoes: Thrifted