Updated: Apr 13, 2018
A A K S was founded by Akosua Afriyie-Kumi with the goal of introducing the world to her favourite weaving techniques done by the women of Ghana while also creating and igniting sustainable jobs within Africa. Handcrafted in Ghana, A A K S creates bags in styles that maintain the spirit and durability of their ancestral counterparts characterised by bright exuberant colours.
The essence of A A K S design philosophy is a complex combination of thoughts, design element which come from a critical attention to craftsmanship, authenticity and ethical values in their production ; while having a strong sense of identity and quality. Each collection silhouette is unique and tells a different story through detail, colour and shape. Akosua is connected to every stage of the design and production process to oversee and ensure that the end result is imbued with the spirit and soul worthy of the A A K S stamp.
A A K S handbags are woven incorporating the use of raffia and leather. It takes approximately one week to complete a handbag. This attests to our unwavering dedication to modern style and interpretations using traditional methods.
Akosua Afriyie-Kumi is a Ghanaian native who graduated from Kingston University London with a BA (hons) Fashion degree and an impressive resume of fashion industry experience. From designer to co - owner of a fashion brand and now creative director of her own brand A A K S, this has resulted in a broad knowledge of the industry from all sides.
Currently based in Ghana, Akosua finds herself traveling to and through out Europe and Africa - Particularly Cape Town, London, Accra every few months to work with local artisans, experience the diverse culture of the continents and discover new inspirations for her brand.
Since launching in 2014, A A K S has been shortlisted as an emerging designer from Africa by Vogue Italia, featured by Elle Decoration South Africa, Forbes Woman Africa,WGSN, Fashion Revolution and Guardian UK.
Akosua now stocks her woven bag collections with Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters.