Monday, December 31, 2012 0 comments

mille collines men!

In many occasions, we have heard our friends say “you can never know when co founders of mille collines will be travelling out and when exactly they will be back”. Yes. It’s been 3 years of roller coaster work and schizophrenic rhythms. 
Co founder Marc had to move back to Spain for 3 months in September. There he would develop his final career thesis. We lost him in the field in Africa but we never lost him in the team. He decided to take his break as an opportunity to develop the menswear line. And that’s how we made our friends happy again. Not knowing exactly when Marc would be back but at least excited to hear that the so claimed line for males would finally be out there!
And that was the start of many months of online brainstorming and pinterest evening that would last forever. 

We have the privilege to work once again with Ines Monge, one of the most talented pattern makers in Spain, she has been collaborating with mille collines since 3 years now. She is part of the soul of this project and has shared the knowledge and professionalism of her team with us. Together with Marc they are creating the first prototypes of the collection that will then be shared with our team in Rwanda. They will be trained on how to create a menswear product for the first time.
There’s more exciting news. Our first men store will be opening in early 2013! Watch out. 

Thursday, December 13, 2012 0 comments

a wish come true: Online store open!

Monday, November 26, 2012 0 comments

Drinking up for Christmas decorations

There is something very magic about Christmas. The people want to look beautiful, the streets are dressed up, the stores are glowing under the dark nights of winter.
MC stores are dressing up for Christmas too. We have asked our friends to drink up wine so that we can create a beautiful and unique shop window display.
The magic has just began!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 5 comments

Heart beats.

Africa is not a country but let’s face it, the world generalizes. I’ve been living in this continent for four years now and at some point so many contradictions grow in you about this fascinating place that seeing scary and unsexy published day after day in the news makes you very angry. The Africa I’ve met has more successful stories than defeats. After these years I have transformed into this shiny knight errant that is determined to show my world another reality. I insist, this is a land of contradictions and realities are many.

“I live in Africa” I often say when people ask. And then I will always get back from them a puzzled face and a look that can only mean “are you nuts?”. You can’t blame them. They just saw /war - poverty – skinny kid - malaria – help/ in a flash. That would definitely freak you out too! And then you just make it better. “Yes, I work here” and then what they see is /sacrifice – good heart – aid – humanitarian work/. But here is another truth about my reality. This is a cool place. We run a sexy company with a team full of sexy people. 3 years ago we founded a high end fashion company in Rwanda. We did that because we saw another edge to the work that can be done here, the edge where trade is an option and this place the best opportunity to do that.

It’s not all roses and fun. Those who take this step and find the strength to move away from family and friends are also moving away from their hope “when are you coming back” into their acceptance “when are you leaving”. Those who take this step are not brave because of the war, the malaria and the misery everybody thinks they will face. They are brave because they will leave behind a world that thinks that the earth’s heart beats faster and stronger back home. That will be the start of a journey full of exciting contradictions.

* this post is dedicated to all those shiny knights that have discovered other realities in this continent and like us are determined to change the way the world thinks the heart beats in Africa.