Kinabuti is the fashion house with a heart and purpose, launching from the Niger Delta to the world.
The brainchild of Nigeria-based, Italy-born Caterina Bortolussi, Kinabuti was launched earlier this month as part of the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Inspired by Bortolussi’s time in Africa, the debut collection was alive with a mosaic of colours and textures. With the Nigerian setting holding such a strong influence on the designs, Caterina felt it fitting to have the clothes modelled by the local Port Harcourt women. Discussing the show and the role it plays in the “In Our Ghetto Project” she explains ‘I wanted the women of the ghetto because I believe they are the quintessence of the spirit which inspired my style.’ The images here show the ‘Fashion Bhuti Camp’ phase of the initiative where the chosen girls were put through their paces and readied themselves to take centre stage at the Kinabuti fashion show.
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