Brand Recreates Authentic African Fabric

Ally Capellino has launched a line of authentic Shwe Shwe bags in celebration of this month’s African Street Style and Golborne Festival.

Available in twelve styles, the rucksacks have been made using the traditional South African fabric of the same name.

Based on the brand’s Frances bag, they are available in blue and brown geometric prints and feature a belt fastener, zip, handles and straps.

First manufactured in 18th century Europe, Capellino has stuck to the traditional process of producing the fabric.

The bags are created using copper rollers to apply block and discharge print onto dyed cotton, which prints a weak acid solution to bleach out colour. To strengthen the fabric, wax is used as an extra coating.

Founded in the 1980s, Ally Capellino began as an accessories label before it expanded into ready-to-wear for both men and women. After re-launching alone, Lloyd focused on bags, offering men’s satchels, totes and rucksacks in 2005.

In addition to bags, Capellino also sells small leather goods such as card and glasses cases, wallets and belts.

The Shwe Shwe bags retail at £225 and are available to buy now from the brand’s Calvert Avenue and Portobello stores.

Ally Capellino Shwe Shwe Bags