Remembering the days they laughed at us wearing our African designs in public. Now they stare in admiration, requesting we bring back extra material from back home.
Nope. Buy yours from Stella Jean for $1000.
Now, Africa, I have a bone to pick with you….and me, if I am honest. How on earth did we allow an Italian-Haitian designer to capitalize on African prints? Before you attack me, hear me out.
Yes, Stella Jean is talented and hard-working. Without these characteristics, Stella Jean, Ltd. would not be where it is today. However, it is a bit outrageous of her to buy simple dutch wax prints and other “ntoma” (as we call it in Ghana) prints, create these beautifully crafted designs, and sell at a premium upwards of $1000.
Take this “Nsubra” (pronounced en-su-brah )print below.
The Nsubra print is among the oldest cloths in Ghana. And because it’ so old, you can purchase 6 yards for as little as $6 per yard (give or take). Granted the nsubra isn’t the only print Stella Jean used in the above long jacket, BUT I’m sure the material and the sewing didn’t cost her even half of her selling price. So how do we justify purchasing something we can easily replicate for a fraction of the price? The designs are not so intricate that they have to be hand sewn, used with a delicate machine, or any other factors that might contribute to the designer’s pricing. So I’m just really confused.
Let’s keep in mind this post was meant to be inspiration. I’ll promote Stella Jean because, at the very least, she is bringing much more awareness to Africa, than Africans themselves. But I’d be fooling you all if I didn’t tell you how I really feel about Stella girl’s pricing.
In any event, I still want this Stella Jean dress below. Find it for me in a size 6 and I’ll love you forever. LOL
…If I don’t find it, I’ll just have my designer make me one (unbothered emoji).
Thoughts on Stella Jean?
(all images were taken off Google)