Checking in from Eastleigh!
While we do the majority of our fabric sourcing in Tanzania, every so often Ashleigh will check in with vendors in Eastleigh, on the east side of Nairobi, to see what's new!
Meet Mama Mdogo!
Originally from Tanzania, Mama Mdogo came to Kenya 4 years ago to start her shop, which she runs with her sister. In addition to being lovely to work with, she always has GREAT music playing. (When I bought the Constellation print, I remember Stonebwoy was on and when I bought the Main Squeeze print, Agustus Pablo was playing. What can I say, she really knows how to set a mood!)
This is Lucy!
Also from Tanzania, Lucy has especially fabulous taste in prints. I always come see her if I am looking for something depictive or unusual! Just this week at her shop, I bought a folded paper elephant print from Nigeria--totally unexpected and whimsical! Thank you for keeping it interesting, Lucy!
WHAT WE'RE WATCHING // THE FAREWELL
What do you do when your beloved grandmother has a terminal illness and no one is allowed to tell her? This debut film by writer and director Lulu Wang is "based on an actual lie" and dives deep into the complications of multi-generational, cross cultural all-too-real immigrant life. While beautifully capturing the Chinese American immigrant experience, this film is more broadly a celebration of family and the distances we go for those we love.