The mille collines journey began in Barcelona, Spain with Ines Cuatrecasas and Marc Oliver. Fashion designers by training, the two were eager to engage in something bold, creative, and adventurous. A 2008 trip to Rwanda and an introduction to Antoinette, a local dressmaker, ultimately led to Marc and Ines moving to Kigali where they developed their first collection in partnership with Antoinette. A year later, mille collines was born and soon grew into full-fledged fashion Atellier. Today, it is fully owned and operated by the Kigali team that helped build mille collines. In partnership with the Atelier and with a renewed focus on design and retail the mille collines ethos remains unchanged– blending the creativity, strength and culture of the African spirit with ever evolving global trends. The brand’s attention to detail and passion for telling beautiful stories will continue to shine through every mille collines product.
The fashion duo lInés Mille and Marc Collinesabel of the Mille Collines’ fashion label showcased their AW 2016 collection, themed Curio City. According to the designers the collection draws its inspiration from the African curio shops and their disconnection with today’s Africa “We understand the nostalgic connection that curio objects have for our woman and her childhood, therefore we have reinterpreted these elements to reflect the Africa she lives in today, cosmopolitan and globalized”
Tricia Akello (Uganda)
Janet Otobo (Nigeria)
Mala Bryan (Saint Lucia)
Nyamuoch Girwath (South Sudan)
Monique Sterling (United Kingdom)
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