Design duo Olivia Kennaway and Alice Heusser launched Lalesso in 2005 in Cape Town and the brand has grown into an international label with Lalesso being stocked in stores in more than 17 countries. It is also work by international style icons and has been showcase on many local and international runways. In so doing, Lalesso continues to spread its African roots to the global fashion world.
After holidaying in Olivia’s home country, Kenya, the pair began their journey to combine African heritage with modern appeal. The label’s inception was inspired by the vibrant patterns and colours of the traditional “uniform” of the local women in coastal Kenya. It is the transformation of these traditions into stylish, fun and contempory designs that forms the ideology of the Lalesso brand.
Inspired by the digital era that the African continent is entering into, Lalesso’s collection mirrored the passion, romance, power and movement of Africa. The combination of clashing cultures and generations have been translated into pieces with clean silhouettes, while remaining simple and flattering.
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