December Issue 2014

Page 105


Abai Schulze treads the fine line between fashion and enterprise Written By: Iman Folayan Photos courtesy: Abai Schulze


ou may be hip to the new fashion trend thats sweeping the world, leather inserts. Leather was a major theme at New York’s 2014 Fashion Week and designers Alexander Wang, Micahel Kors and Max Azria were just a few that rocked the runway with breathtaking pieces in their new lines. But leather is nothing new.

made for the everyday woman with a killer fashion instinct.

Since the beginning of time, before cotton was the go-to fabric, leather has been used for everything from shoes to clothes and even accessories. Most people think Italian leather is supreme to all other but Ethiopian designer Abai Schulze is proving that Ethiopian leather is equal, if not better, and is raising the bar with her chic and unique accessory line, The ZAAF Collection,

Now every piece of the ZAAF collection is a testament to not only awakening the fashion senses but also giving each customer a unique piece of Ethiopia. “My products are functional, attractive and fashion forward, and I want consumers to feel a sense of where the product was made. That’s my deep and ultimate goal.”

This past November marked the official launch of the ZAAF Collection into the global market. As an Ethiopian based company the desire to provide a stylish handbag has led Abai on an even greater quest, to influence the job sector and economic welfare of her country. As far as inspiration goes, “I had an eclectic upbringing and was fortunate enough to travel,” says the young designer.