WIN gift vouchers to be spent in the UAC online shop!

We’re giving one #UAC fan a chance to win this beautiful pair of heart-shaped dangle earrings + a R100 gift voucher!! The runner-up gets a R60 voucher 🙃

Entering is easy…

♡ Follow Urban Afro Concept on Facebook and/or Instagram
♡ LIKE this post on Facebook and/or Instagram
♡ TAG a friend.

That’s it! Winners will be drawn at random from all valid entries. SHARE this post in your IG story or your Facebook page and tag us for extra entries!

Competition closes this Sunday, 17/02/19 at 11:59PM SAST. Open to any person above the age of 16. T’s and C’s apply. This giveaway is in no way endorsed or administered by Instagram or Facebook.

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Become a UAC brand ambassador!

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We’re hiring!

Urban Afro Concept (UAC) is looking to hire two (2) enthusiastic and personable brand ambassadors who have great social media presence and epitomize urban-afro chic! The ambassadors would work remotely from any location and be employed part-time over a period of 6 months.

We’re looking for someone who could generate high-quality content to actively promote our brand within your social networks. We’d provide you with most of the merch you need to carry out the job but would ideally like you to independently and creatively endorse our brand over social media.

We welcome applications from absolutely anyone, guy or girl, who meets our requirements. The ideal UAC brand ambassador carries his or herself well, has excellent communication skills, a great sense of style, a knack for marketing, is passionate about fashion and, of course, knows and loves UAC and our products.

Visit our website for further details of our requirements and information on how to apply.

Deadline for applications is 22 February 2019.

Have a wonderful week!

Hello 2019!!

Happy New Year everyone! 2018 was a thrilling year for Urban Afro Concept (UAC), full of much growth, interesting opportunities and important lessons. It’s been a year of ups and downs, but mostly ups, with a number of changes which we hope will make for an exciting 2019.

New year, new look

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Early last year, this style blog (and now online store) took on a new look and name. I’d wanted to give the blog a face-lift for some time but I wasn’t quite sure how to achieve that without changing the feel of the blog so drastically. I ultimately decided to swap out ‘Urban Afro Gypsy’ for ‘Urban Afro Concept.’ The sleek new logo, designed by my brother, Chileshe, and new name are a reflection of my own personal style as well as everything the UAC blog and jewellery collection symbolizes for me – Afro-urban chic, sophisticated simplicity and African elegance. The change signified a new chapter in the life of this blog and gave rise to a some of the other changes that took place over 2018.

Nonetheless, the biggest motivator behind the name change was a blog post I read on the Wrapsody LLC website  in which the owner –  who identifies as a Hungarian Gypsy – explains why she formally scrapped the original business name, ‘Gypsy Mama’. The word ‘gypsy’ is a pejorative term loaded with a myriad of negative connotations and has been used as a racial slur by many people in Europe over the years. Of course, I meant no disrespect whatsoever in incorporating the term into the name of my blog but naively likened some aspects of the Roma culture to my upbringing as an African third culture kid or ‘cultural nomad’. After conducting more extensive research, which I  admittedly should have done beforehand, I made the decision to drop the ‘gypsy’. I sincerely apologise to anyone who was offended by the old name. I made a grave mistake and have certainly learnt a great deal from the experience.

Launching the online store

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Another major change in 2018 was the launch of the UAC website plus online store in August. When I first began making jewellery in 2011, I never envisioned that things would get to this level. The site and store provide a convenient location for customers to get some of the hand-crafted gems that comprise the UAC collection and place orders for custom jewellery and accessories. The launch also saw the introduction of some new styles and different kinds of accessories in the collection including large wax print necklaces, beaded necklaces and bracelets for both men and women as well as rings and new styles of mixed-media earrings.

Custom jewellery

My jewellery-making skills grew and continued to grow throughout 2018. I’d taken on some exciting custom orders which challenged me creatively and gave me a chance to expand my repertoire. This is one of my absolute favourite aspects of the business because not only is it so much fun, it’s also such a wonderful feeling to see a customer wear and love something I created with by my own hand.

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What’s to come in 2019…

Since its inception the Urban Afro Concept blog and accessories line has been constantly expanding. 2018 has been its strongest year so far and saw it reach levels that exceeded my humble expectations. With all the changes UAC has undergone over the past year I’m still, admittedly, finding my feet. But I look forward to what 2019 will bring. One thing I’m looking forward to in particular is continuing to collaborate with my mother, Chimba, who is the designer and founder of Ethnique-Afrika. She’s been a great inspiration to me creatively as well as my biggest supporter and throughout last year, we embarked on a few small business projects together. I’m hoping to continue working with her to create more African-inspired custom fashion and accessories on a larger scale. I have high hopes for this year.

In closing, also want to say how very thankful I am to UAC fans for their loyalty and support. I would have never been able to achieve any of this without it. I’m super stoked for the year ahead and wish you all the best for it!

Here’s to a productive, positive and prosperous 2019!

Black Friday deals!!!

Shop Urban Afro Concept online for awesome Black Friday specials on the adorable African-inspired accessories on offer! Sale ends 27 November 2018. Get adjustable rings,  stud earrings, beaded necklaces for men and women as well as gorgeous dangle earrings.

We’re also offering our customers a voucher to get 30% off*  their purchase. Simply enter the code on the voucher to claim your discount.

Also, subscribe to this blog to get R50 off** your first purchase. WordPress subscribers can drop us an email (urbanafroconcept@gmail.com) to claim their voucher. T’s and C’s apply.

Get FREE SHIPPING for local orders over R250 (within South Africa) and free shipping for international orders over R450.

So please do check out the store and get in touch with us if you have any queries, comments, suggestions or just feel like saying hi!

Happy shopping! Have an incredible weekend!


* 30% off purchases of R50 or more. Voucher is valid until 31 January 2019 and can only be used once. It cannot be redeemed against items already on special or sale. Terms and conditions apply. 

**R50 off purchases of R150 or more. By clicking “Follow” you are accepting our Terms & Conditions. This voucher is issued for the first time you subscribe only. Voucher is valid for 30 days and cannot be redeemed against items already on special or sale.

New arrivals in the UAC shop!

We’re pleased to announce that we have some beautiful new creations for both guys and girls in the Urban Afro Concept shop! We’re offering high-quality, handmade goods at really great prices. Get free shipping for local orders over R250 and free shipping for international orders over R450.

And because we’re feeling generous, here’s a voucher to get 30% off*  your next purchase:

New styles, designs and colours

Check out some of the new stock we have available in our online shop! We have a new range of wooden beaded necklaces and bracelets, earrings with some quirky and colourful new designs as well as a new type of statement necklace in wax print.

These are also available for sale at craft markets as advertised on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Follow our social pages for discounts, specials and further updates. 

Custom-made jewellery

Can’t quite find exactly what you’re looking for in the shop? Drop us an email, get us on social media or message us here to put in an order for a unique piece made according to your specifications. We can just as easily transform your own fabric and beads (at a discounted price) into something fabulous as we can our own materials into a pretty personalised item for yourself or a loved one. 

Subscribe to our blog!

Lastly, subscribe to this blog to get R50 off** your first purchase. WordPress subscribers can drop us an email (urbanafroconcept@gmail.com) to claim their voucher. T’s and C’s apply.

So please do check out the store and get in touch with us if you have any queries, comments, suggestions or just feel like saying hi!

Have an amazing week further!


* 30% off purchases of R50 or more. Voucher is valid until 31 January 2019 and can only be used once. It cannot be redeemed against items already on special or sale. Terms and conditions apply. 

**R50 off purchases of R150 or more. By clicking “Follow” you are accepting our Terms & Conditions. This voucher is issued for the first time you subscribe only. Voucher is valid for 30 days and cannot be redeemed against items already on special or sale.

Style radar: Grant Caswell

On my style radar today is urban gent Grant Caswell, a cultured Capetonian with an eye for clean lines and quality tailoring. I asked this stylish young man to tell me more about the art of putting a good look together and what inspires his love for fashion…

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Taking inspiration from the streetwear bloggers he follows on Instagram, Grant favours a look that is sleek and sophisticated yet fun, fresh and exciting. ‘I’m shameless about stealing ideas from them but I try to stay true to my own style which is really simple – my go-to weekend “uniform” is blue jeans and a good-quality plain white t-shirt,’ he says. I must say though that he makes a modest combo like this look very fashion-forward. It’s all in the subtle details really and Grant is pretty skilled at creating ensembles that are sophisticated in their simplicity but contain intriguing little details.

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Grant effortlessly transitions between weekday work smart and minimalist sporty chic on weekends, so it’s not surprising he chose both Calvin Klein and Burberry when asked which design house he would hire as his personal tailor. ‘For my everyday casual wear, I’d have to go with Calvin Klein. I think the brand’s simple “all-American” style and clean fits really suit how I try to dress. If money wasn’t an option, I’d also have every suit I own tailored by Burberry. In my opinion, few design houses come close to matching a classic tailored Burberry suit.’

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And speaking of suits, given his work in the legal field Grant will often find himself suited up at the office. So I asked him what it is that distinguishes a good suit from a great suit. He stresses that it’s all about: ‘[t]he fit! The fit! The fit! I can’t say that enough. Firstly, know your correct size and secondly, I promise you, even the cheapest suit can look really expensive if it’s tailored to fit you correctly.’

So many men make the mistake of buying suits that are way too tight or way too loose for them, selecting ones that are made from poor quality fabrics or opting out of getting them tailored. They also assume that you have to fork out truckloads of money to buy a decent suit but as Grant demonstrates, a high price tag doesn’t always guarantee a winner. He explains further, ‘I generally wear suits to work and while I don’t always spend too much money on them, I do make sure I have my suits tailored where necessary. My preference is for slim-fitted suits over looser-fitting traditional cuts. But, regardless of which cut you may prefer, get it tailored so that it looks like it was made just for you.’

Further words I would use to describe Grant’s style include polished and unpretentious. I like the fact that he can appreciate a label for the quality of the clothing behind it rather than how expensive it is. He says that a black long-sleeved T-shirt by Dolce & Gabbana is currently his favourite item of clothing in his wardrobe. ‘My aunt lives in the US and gave [the shirt] to me as a gift when she visited a few years ago. To be honest I probably wear it to death and my friends and family must be so sick of seeing me in it but it’s so comfortable. It still looks just as good as the day I got it – the black cotton hasn’t faded, the small leather and gold insignia badge on the chest hasn’t lost its shine – it’s a great testament to how good quality clothing tends to last.’ Classic pieces like a long-sleeved black T-shirt are necessary wardrobe staples that never go out of style so I honestly don’t blame Grant for wearing his D&G number over and over and over again. Many of us don’t have the luxury of wearing expensive clothing just once and what else do we buy great fashion for if not to wear it repeatedly?

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He tells me that the thing he enjoys most about fashion is the freedom it gives him to make a statement about his mood or convey a certain message without uttering a word. He also admits that fashion allows him to be a little bit cheeky without stepping on anyone’s toes…‘Going into an important meeting at work where I want to convey dominance and power? I’ll wear a black suit with a bright red tie. Heading somewhere where I want to be noticed? I’ll slightly over-dress. There are even times when I’ve strategically dressed a bit more street/urban in a formal setting just to come off as a bit rebellious. It’s honestly a game and hey, maybe other people don’t even notice but if my clothes make me feel a bit more confident when I walk out the door then I’m all for it.’

 

Grant is a men’s fashion maestro who is thoughtful about maximising his clothing budget. He illustrates that while you should invest in certain staples – especially suits – so as not to compromise on quality, you don’t need to spend an enormous amount of money to come up with an overall look that is refined, elegant and á la mode. He remarks, ‘[a]s long as you remember to always make an effort – I’m not sure who said it but I’m a firm believer in the quote “Dressing well is a form of respect”.’

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Shop my online store for beautifully and lovingly hand-crafted accessories inspired by Africa

In addition to being the writer and editor for this blog, I make the jewellery that comprises the Urban Afro Concept collection. Each piece is lovingly crafted by my own hand and is a reflection of my own personal style and takes inspiration from the beautiful art and cultural dress of the people that call the beautiful continent of Africa home. It’s for this reason that each and every piece holds a lot of sentimental value for me. Some pieces are big, bold and crafted specifically for the guy or girl who wants to make a statement. Others are more dainty and delicate for those who are more inclined to a simple, minimalist style. Most of the pieces are also made with materials that have been reused and/or repurposed. I also take orders for custom jewellery made to my client’s specifications.

Shop Urban Afro Concept online to purchase the bracelets, bangles, earrings, rings, necklaces and hair accessories on offer. We ship worldwide and have stuff for both men and women.

We also have a few sales and specials on at the moment:

We’re also running a voucher giveaway competition for our social media fans which you can enter via Facebook and Instagram:

Lastly, subscribe to our WordPress blog via email to get R50 off* your first purchase. T’s and C’s apply.

So please do check out my store and get in touch with us if you have any queries, comments, suggestions or just feel like saying hi!

Have a wonderful week further!


*R50 off purchases of R150 or more. By clicking “Follow” you are accepting our Terms & Conditions. This voucher is issued for the first time you subscribe only. Voucher is valid for 30 days and cannot be redeemed against items already on special or sale.

Style radar: Wandi Ngema

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On my style radar this week is the adorable Wandi Ngema who regularly keeps it cute and classy in a series of sweet and chic ensembles. I asked her a few questions to know more about what inspires her style and what she enjoys most about fashion.

Summing up her style as “fun, classic and elegant,” Wandi’s biggest fashion inspiration comes from the minimalist yet stylish looks of the incomparable Victoria Beckham, which she describes as “neat, elegant and timeless pieces, perfect for the modern woman.” Like Posh Spice, Wandi has a flair for making simple silhouettes and patterns exciting through the interesting details in the clothing – a pop of colour here, a fun print there, fraying or fringe. She also knows how to combine these pieces in a way that is sophisticated yet cool, chilled yet polished.

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When asked which designer, local or international, she’d hired as her personal tailor, Wandi tells me that what she calls her “obsession” with African print would have her keep it local with South African design house, Khosi Nkosi. This award-winning brand has numerous pieces made with African wax print fabric in its collection. “What I love most about her designs is that they’re timeless,” she says of designer and founder Nobukhosi Nkosi. Wandi’s support for locally-made fashion doesn’t just end there. She says a black wrap dress she purchased from Cape Town-based Koibito Kibun is one of her favourite items of clothing in her wardrobe due to its versatility. “On weekends I wear it with sandals and during the week I can wear it to the office with matching heels.” In the photo below she’s sporting a pretty monochrome tunic dress by the same brand.

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What I adore most about Wandi’s style is its beautiful ease and simplicity. This lovely lady effortlessly switches it up between playful elegance and work-smart chic. She always looks neat and well put together. Although Mrs. Beckham is her style muse, Wandi has her own unique fashion point of view and I’m a huge fan!

SALE! Get R50 off your first purchase…plus more launch specials at UAC online

Shop online for a variety of African-inspired mixed media accessories from the Urban Afro Concept accessories line. We’re offering discounts and specials on selected items. We sell:

  • Necklaces for men and women
  • Bracelets for men and women
  • Earrings
  • Bangles
  • Rings
  • Hair accessories

We ship worldwide. We also offer FREE shipping for:

  • orders within East London
  • domestic orders over R250
  • international orders over R450.

Subscribe to this blog via WordPress or email to get R50 off* your first purchase. T’s and C’s apply.

Launch specials:

Sale ends Monday, 2 July 2018 at midnight SAST.

Payments can be made via PayPal, PayFast or EFT.


*R50 off purchases of R150 or more. By clicking “Follow” you are accepting our Terms & Conditions. This voucher is issued for the first time you subscribe only. Voucher is valid for 30 days and cannot be redeemed against items already on special or sale.

The Urban Afro Concept online store has finally gone LIVE!!!

As a self-taught jewellery designer I’m always looking to improve and expand my jewellery-making repertoire. I initially got my start in this enterprise way back in 2011 and since then my skills have developed exponentially. I made a few earrings to feed my addiction for this type of jewellery with a few bits and bobs my mother, a fashion designer, had lying around. I’d gotten a number of compliments while wearing the stuff I’d made which got me selling to friends and family. I never would have imagined this collection of accessories made by my own hand would grow to this level.

The accessories I’ve made for the UAC line are a reflection of my own Afroccentric personal style. Every single piece is special to me. It makes me incredibly happy when my customers enjoy wearing the jewellery as much I love making it. The collection now consists of earrings, bangles, bracelets, necklaces, rings and hairbands. I also recently expanded it to include some stuff that both men and women can enjoy.

Which brings me to the launch of the e-boutique. The new Urban Afro Concept website has gone live and I am absolutely ecstatic! I still can’t believe how far I’ve come. UAC fans can now shop my online store at www.urbanafroconcept.co.za for all the little gems I create. I’m so thankful to all the wonderful people in my life who have supported me on this journey from making two pairs of earrings to developing a fully-fledged online store. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for UAC. For now, please check out my site to browse the UAC lookbook and shop the store for the latest in my collection.

Happy shopping!


Shop UAC

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We offer worldwide shipping.

We offer FREE shipping for:

  • Orders within East London, Eastern Cape.
  • Domestic orders over R250.
  • International orders over R450.

Launch specials:

  • 30% of all wooden beaded necklaces
  • 30% off wax print ‘bubble’ necklaces

Get R50 off* your first purchase when you follow this blog on WordPress or subscribe to it via email.


*R50 off purchases of R150 or more. By clicking “Follow” you are accepting our Terms & Conditions. This voucher is issued for the first time you subscribe only. Voucher is valid for 30 days and cannot be redeemed against items already on special or sale.