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As the holiday shopping season reached its peak in the Big Apple this past week, fashion industry legend Kenneth Cole and his mentee, livewear designer Áwet Woldegebrial hosted a special Yuletide Pop-Up Shop for Black-Owned businesses. Among the plethora of fine brands and exceptional names appearing at this event was artisanal African luxury clothing, handbags, jewelry and home decor brand Adolophine, which offers beautiful products, accessories, and other fashionable items, sourced from indigenous craftspeople. Forbes Magazine reports that Adolophine was well-received alongside other prominent Black creators, including celebrity couturier Marco Hall, African home décor maker Royal Jelly Harlem, and 2∙4∙1 Cosmetics. The pop-up shop, which was held from December 17-22 at Kenneth Cole’s Bond Street store at 328 Bowery by popular demand, was an important milestone for Adolophine, being recognized by one of the world’s top names in fashion.

Founded in 2018 by Kinshasa native and Baluba Adolophine Lukabu Sheeley, a Congolese American entrepreneur and philanthropist, African luxury brand Adolophine emphasizes craftsmanship and uniqueness in its wide variety of products, sourced from countries all over Africa. From its inception, the company’s guiding philosophy has been to bring African culture to the rest of the world, one unique product at a time. “The sounds, colors, and energy of the markets in Kinshasa are a part of my soul,” Ms. Sheeley reflects. At Adolophine, continuing the great legacy of lived experiences, handed down through the artisans’ individual stories, is a commitment encapsulated in the artistic expression of their matchless creations. Adolophine is ensuring the future of this heritage and way of life.

With the brand’s successful engagement alongside other exceptional Black-owned fashion and design names, Adolophine is prepared to emerge into a bright new year as an esteemed purveyor of fine African luxury goods that will enhance the beauty and dignity of all who wear them. With the success of this event the ambitious luxury brand has already started planning a plethora of Pop-Up events for the 2022 year. You can read the Forbes report here, and for more about Adolophine, please feel free to peruse the company’s online shopping website here.

Adolophine Presenting @ the African Achievement Awards

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