Mille Collines: Luxury African Fashion

Mille Collines MBFWJ

Last week saw the 2016 installment of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Johannesburg, held at the Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton. One of the designer shows that caught our eye was Mille Collines, an exciting, vibrant African luxury fashion brand which promises to be one for the future.

The Story of Mille Collines

Mille Collines Handmade accessories in natural materials
Image: Mille Collines Handmade accessories in natural material

The mille collines journey began in Barcelona, Spain with Ines Cuatrecasas and Marc Oliver. Fashion designers by training, the two were eager to engage in something bold, creative, and adventurous. A 2008 trip to Rwanda and an introduction to Antoinette, a local dressmaker, ultimately led to Marc and Ines moving to Kigali where they developed their first collection in partnership with Antoinette.A year later, mille collines was born and soon grew into full-fledged fashion Atellier.

Mille Collines Careful Selection of wax african textiles
Image: Mille Collines Careful selection of wax african textiles

Today, it is fully owned and operated by the Kigali team that helped build mille collines. In partnership with the Atellier and with a renewed focus on design and retail the mille collines ethos remains unchanged– blending the creativity, strength and culture of the African spirit with ever evolving global trends. The brand’s attention to detail and passion for telling beautiful stories will continue to shine through every mille collines product.

Mille Collines Hand dyed sisal weaving
Image: Mille Collines Hand dyed sisal weaving

Mille collines is about representing you. A woman who belongs to Africa. Who lives in a cosmopolitan and culturally diverse city. A woman who travels and always discovers. You have an affinity for fine details. You are a woman of success who stands out in crowds. You are driven by a passion to defend what you believe in and what you stand for. Posterity’s muse and inspiration, Mille collines creates for you and wants to walk with you on your journey. We are passionate about designing the best clothes that speak to the woman you are.

Mille Collines Origin Collection
Image: Mille Collines

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