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Amah Ayivi

Batakali Unisex Tunic

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A rejig of traditional African tunics, the Batakali, historically worn by male dignitaries. Amah has transformed the design into a fashion-forward, oversized, unisex garment. Each piece is unique, handmade using kente cloth, a traditional woven fabric from Ghana. A shortsleeved model with white stitching and blue and brown stripes on a black base.

100% cotton. Made in Ghana.
Amah Ayivi
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Amah Ayivi

Visionary Togolese tastemaker turning trash into treasure

Togo-born Amah settled in Paris as a teenager, briefly studying marketing before a decade working as a casting director. There followed a move into food – and, in 2013, a year after he launched ‘afrobrunches’ at the memorable Comptoir Général, Marché Noir was born in the form of a vintage boutique on the restaurant’s mezzanine. The brand initially focused on second-hand clothes sourced in Togolese markets – turning trash to treasure – but over time Amah also began creating his own singular pieces revisiting traditional African wear.

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Guest Curator June 2021

Emily Marant

Founder of consulting agency Studio Marant, and a new project French Cliché with Hugo Matha, guest curator Emily has Parisian creativity in her blood.
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