Mille collines is one fashion label that is creative, adventurous, attention to detail and passionate, and has managed to cater for wider audience continuing to be a favourite for many, not only in Rwanda and Africa, but beyond the borders.
With a vision of ‘Africa First’, the label has its major distribution in Nairobi, Kenya.
In 2008 Fashion designers Ines Cuatrecasas and Marc Oliver travelled to Rwanda where they met Antoinette, a local dressmaker, and the partnership led to the first collection in Kigali. A year later, mille collines was born and soon grew into full-fledged fashion Atellier.
In partnership with the Atelier and with a renewed focus on design and retail the mille collines ethos remains unchanged– blending the creativity, strength and culture of the African spirit with ever evolving global trends.
Mille collines represents an African woman, beautiful and diverse by all means, a traveler and discoverer, with an affinity for fine details. Mille collines creates and designs the best clothes that speak to the bold and the woman who knows who and what she represents.
With our collections we celebrate the woman of Africa. The woman who juggles work and family, and who has a passion for her community and uses her strength for change; Tailored suits, refined silhouettes, 3D beading and elegant evening wear reflect her many sides.
She is a mother, an entrepreneur, an individual. She’s alive with bursts of print and colour and grounded in the muted tones of Africa’s landscape.
Like her, the designs have many layers. Traditional craftsmanship combines with unexpected materials – sunglasses are made from cow’s horn and wood – as African resourcefulness puts its stamp on fashion. It’s her saying, “This is me.”
With timeless, refined, safari concepts; hand-cut glass pendants, in-house created prints, employing natural, softer elements colour palette which are translated into safari neutrals; sand, khaki and ivory.
Millecollines silhouettes are soft, easy and comfortable; the use of Raw and natural materials on the label’s accessories and details on clothing, truly reflect a world traveller whose clothes reflect her journey.
Millecollines prides itself on fusing international trends with African influence to create versatile one-of-a-kind pieces, while still maintaining a modern ease.
Milecollines also have stockists in Barcelona and the US. The label has been nominated in for fashion brand of the year as well as fashion designer of the year for the Kenya Fashion Awards to take place on 3rd September 2016.
Photographer: images off Runway
Art Direction: iamges off Runway
Models: images off Runway
Tricia Akello (Uganda)
Janet Otobo (Nigeria)
Mala Bryan (Saint Lucia)
Nyamuoch Girwath (South Sudan)
Monique Sterling (United Kindom)
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