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on the radar

Danaqa Danaqa is a luxurious lifestyle

brand founded by husband and wife team, David Thomas and Nadia Manning-Thomas, who have both lived and worked across Africa and Asia for the last decade.  Meaning ‘to be pleasantly surprised’, the brand is aimed at those with a passion for fashionable and unique accessories, ranging from stunning handbags and jewellery to beautiful homeware.  Aimed at the luxury end of the market, Danaqa works with entrepreneurs from countries in the developing world, such as Ethiopia, Somalia, Nepal and

by Claire Belle Lewis

Rwanda, where all manufacturing is carried out locally by residents, who are paid fair wages and who work in comfortable conditions. This inspiring concept means that the items created are not only high-end, but S&E right down to the production chain; from the stunning boxes in which the goods are presented (created from recycled elephant dung!), to the employment of Ethiopian website designers. Danaqa has a “no fast fashion” policy, so suppliers are not pressurised into delivering to unrealistic timescales. SIX 24

The AW11 collection focuses on hand-woven natural fabrics, soft leathers, locally-sourced metals and bold colour palettes unique to the brand’s environment. Favourites include the Goat Skin/Kitenge Lined MultiPurpose Day Bag; £180, the Leather Clutch with leather flower decorations; £40 and the Wide Embroidered Bead and Leather Belt; £95. Danaqa has just launched its very first shop in London. You can find them at 282 Westbound Park Road, Notting Hill, London, W11.

by Claire Belle Lewis

Beautiful jewellery line Sägen

has become a firm favourite at SIX HQ. The brand’s designer, Elin creates unique and stylish pieces of contemporary jewellery from discarded china and porcelain, making each piece exclusive and supremely special. Elin was inspired to use old porcelain pieces because; “They remind me of Sunday dinners at my grandmother’s house”. Fittingly, the opening line of Sägen’s website is: ‘welcome to my world of old crockery, laughter, romance and nostalgia’. The name Sägen means; an old

saga, which perfectly epitomises the brands philosophy to create hand-made, wistful yet timeless jewellery, which will last a lifetime. This sweet and loving concept makes the jewellery even more covetable, giving the feeling of a simpler time gone by. From her studio in Malmö, Elin collects and recycles porcelain plates and china. The collection is split into two distinct looks; 1950s and 1960s graphic patterns in vibrant colours from classic Swedish and Scandinavian porcelain, and “Duchess Garden” which is kitsch and an indulgent SIX 25


feast of pretty birds and sweet roses. The designers’ aim is always to make something new out of something old. First exhibited at London Fashion Week’s Estethica exhibition in 2010, Sägen’s unique and quirky styles have generated a loyal following, and the brand continues to grow and earn new fans along the way.

SIX Magazine Issue 3  
SIX Magazine Issue 3  

SIX Magazine Issue 3