African Marketplace Pop-Up
The Fowler hosts an African Pop-Up Shop in the Davis Courtyard. This marketplace includes five LA-based vendors offering clothing, bags, and jewelry in conjunction with the exhibition Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths.
At 2pm, there will be a talk by Kay and Nyambo Anuluoha of Los Angeles boutique Kutula of Africana, who provided African-print clothing for Black Panther.
Designers at the pop-up shop include:
Akwaba Designs brings trendsetting Afrocentric jewelry. Afro-glam and Western chic are fused to create a unique collection that redefines African-Chic.
Reflektion Designs is an AfroModern home decor and accessories brand with a discerning eye for pattern to help you create a home that feels amazingly bold and culturally expressive. A range of textiles like Ankara fabric and Mud cloth are sourced globally or made locally in Los Angeles.
Rayo has been dubbed an emerging brand to watch by Vogue Magazine. This year, socially conscious creative director Olamiposi Somoye is offering limited edition pieces by the Lagos-based brand to fund women’s vocational education in rural areas of Nigeria.
House of Dor & Belle is a fashion and cosmetics company specializing in womenswear, menswear, and jewelry sourced directly from Africa.
Sumahrie Collections is an LA-based clothing and accessories line blending traditional African fashion with Western influence to create rich, revolutionary, and vibrant clothes, bags, jewelry, and sandals.
Runway Boutique brings 13 years of retail and styling success on La Brea Ave with a pop-up offering new and vintage clothing and accessories. Always styled with deconstructed genius and an eye to the latest trends.
Parking available in UCLA Lot 4, 398 Westwood Plaza, directly off Sunset Blvd | $12/day
Rideshare drop-off 305 Royce Drive.
About the Exhibition
Striking Iron is a major international traveling exhibition that reveals the history of invention and technical sophistication that led African blacksmiths to transform one of Earth’s most basic natural resources into objects of life-changing utility, empowerment, and astonishing artistry.