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June 30th, 2012

Organic Cotton, Ikat patterns, Kitenge prints – welcome One Mango Tree SS12 Collection – MANUFACTURING

Ethical fashion brand One Mango Tree just released its Spring|Summer 2012 Collection – an array of organic cotton jersey separates, beautiful hand-loomed handbags and African print accent pieces. The apparel collection hits on all the right shapes for the season – a dramatic black maxi tank dress and hot pink maxi skirt, the ever-flattering shirred tunic, and pocket skirts in new African prints.

We are excited about this recent collection having feature One Mango Tree in our book Fashion Africa, they have lots of new organic apparel pieces ranging from maxi skirts and dresses with fun new kitenge prints over to one of a kind hand-loomed fabrics from a new artisan group in Uganda.

One Mango Tree’s handbag collection is totally revamped this season, adding several new hobo shapes to the line. Hand-dyed, hand-loomed cotton fabrics in stripes, plaid and ikat patterns add texture and heft. The Weekender Bag has been re-thought into the Everyday Hobo, in two new African prints with a fabric-wrapped handle.

image courtesy – One Mango Tree

image courtesy of One Mango Tree

image courtesy – One Mango Tree

image courtesy of One Mango Tree

image courtesy of One Mango Tree

One Mango Tree is a social business using fair trade and design to create sustainable jobs for artisans. Their handbags are made by women in Northern Uganda, providing much-needed income to a region recovering from more than 20 years of war. Their apparel collection is made from organic cotton jersey, a beautiful fabric made from seed and sown in Uganda. In an effort to create more local employment and lessen One Mango Tree’s environmental impact, products are designed entirely from materials available in the local market.

image courtesy – One Mango Tree

For this season they introduce a new jewelry line by Uganda-based designer, Balungi, uses natural seeds, shells, twigs, bark cloth and banana fiber to create statement jewelry, like the Karane Necklace. An assortment of colorful swamp grass and banana fiber bangles from Indego Africa make a show-stopping layered look.

You can shop One Mango Tree products online around the world at http://www.onemangotree.com. 








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