This summer, I took an epic journey through East Africa. While in Kenya, I was stunned at the quality and artistry of the jewelry and clothing designers in Kenya, both in Nairobi and Karen. The craftsmanship and attention to detail was unparalleled.
I’m no fashion expert, that’s for sure. But I know what I like and I know when something is made well. I’m the girl who doesn’t know the high end brand name logos and if you bought your “Prada” purse at a street market that has a label that actually says “Prado,” I probably wouldn’t notice. But — show me two sweaters, two jackets, two pairs of shoes, or two necklaces, and without fail I will choose the one that is higher quality because that’s what I’m drawn to. Quality over quantity, right?!
Visiting Anna Trzebinski‘s studio in Karen was eye candy. I say that because I looked at a couple of the price tags and while I was tempted, I just couldn’t justify it on this trip.
Her classic coat with Masai-inspired beading and feathers is truly the most fabulous I’ve ever seen. I tried it on, modeled it for my travel companions, checked myself out in the mirror, and even got custom fitted for one (each is handmade and unique – no two are exactly alike, as nothing in her studio is).
If ever in Kenya, it’s a must-visit studio – you can see the workshop of tribal women working on the beading and clothing. It’s impressive, and Anna’s designs and style has caught the attention of A-listers around the world. Cher, for example, owns one of Anna’s classic handbags.
“My work has a magic that reflects the incredible gift Africa and her people can give us: to remind us where we came from and how pure the human spirit is,” Anna has said.
Now, Los Angeles has a chance to see and feel her work, not to mention purchase it and meet the designer as she makes her way down the California coast to Los Angeles for a special two-day trunk show at a private residence in Brentwood.
When: October 25 and 26, 2012 — 10 am to 6 pm
Where: 284 Tigertail Road, Los Angeles, CA 90049
RSVP: Stephen – firstname.lastname@example.org, 310-889-9999, or Hayley – email@example.com, 917-574-1397
Cash and checks only.
Learn more about Anna Trzebinski, her personal story of ending up in Kenya from Germany, and how a tragic love affair with her first husband ultimately led to an unexpected love story with a Samburu tribesman.
Lindsay Taub is an LA-based writer/editor who covers travel, lifestyle, culture, music/arts, food, wellness, and more. She calls Los Angeles home when she's there, but prefers to leave the city for the mountains and open spaces as often as possible. She loves cooking, gardening, live music, hiking with her three rescue dogs, and rustic luxury. Follow her on instagram/twitter @lindsaytaub and follow the Pacific Punch @ThePacificPunch or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more at www.lindsaytaub.com and www.voyagevixens.com .***