O’eclat Designs is a Nigerian accessories brand founded by Gbemmy Johnson as a result of a passion and ongoing love affair with African prints and leathers. Influenced by the rich cultures and colours of Africa, O’eclat Designs create beautiful handcrafted bags, clutches and accessories, with a contemporary edge. Each piece is carefully designed to exude with individuality and style. The name O’eclat comes from a marging of Gbemmy’s Nigerian name Oluwagbemisola which means ‘Lord has uplifted me to fortune’ and eclat ([ey-klah) which means brilliance. O'eclat Designs aim to become a unique fashion and home accessories brand by providing accessories which value longevity and individuality over the disposable.
Since the launch of O'eclat Designs, the brand has produced 3 distinctive collections; First Take, Belle Du Jour and Le Rouge. The cheekily named First Take collection was the first launched by O'eclat Designs and featured a selection of statement clutch bags in leather and African prints, and strongly reflects the high quality of design and craftsmanship of O'eclat Designs.
In the second collection it is clear to see a growing confidence in the designs as Gbemmy playfully mixes tartan checks with African prints, as well as introducing bolder shapes and structure in her bags, creating an eclectic mix of simple and classic designs. Fabrics in this range include; ankara, a local West African printed fabric; damask, a woven fabric with woven detail; silks and leathers.
Le Rouge, the most recent collection is a fresh take on the O'eclat style of statement shaped totes, box bags and clutches. Inspired by the strength and versatility of women, this collection shows a clear focus of design whilst also keeping a great variety in the collection.
Running throughout all three collections is a theme of funky, bold colours and shapes mixed with a feminine flair guaranteed to inject colour and life into any outfit.
O'eclat Designs are working towards selling online through the facebook marketplace platform – so watch this space
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Author: Imogen Butler