125 things to do in Accra and Ghana • Shopping
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Elle Lokko is the epitome of urban cool. An exciting hybrid concept space fusing fashion with art, design, and culture, here you’ll find a diverse collection of creative and beautifully designed clothing, hand-crafted luxury shoes and bags, as well as natural organic beauty products.
This luxury art boutique, set up by Kukua Ampah, has recently opened a branch at the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel. Many of the elegant and creative pieces on show are bespoke and adapted by Kukua herself, incorporating the rich cultural influences of West Africa.
A design-savvy edit of home accessories, furnishings, art and decorative items can be found inside this vast and airy space, curated by Nada Moukarzel. You’ll find chunky sofas, gilded mirrors, reclaimed leather chairs, eye-catching artwork and some fabulous African-themed ornaments (some by local artists), all wonderful to browse.
The loosely defined borders of Makola Market enclose what might be seen as Accra’s most dynamic commercial hub. It’s certainly one of the most entertaining. Hot, noisy and insistent, it’s an initially bewildering sprawl of kitchenware, jewellery, textiles, shoes and anything else your cedi might conceivably buy, hawked from floors, racks, shelves, ceilings and head-perched baskets.
Trashy Bags is an initiative that was set up in 2008 as a means of recycling and reusing the endless plastic water and yoghurt wrappers deposited on the streets of Accra. The refuse is washed and treated before being stitched together to form bags and accessories. The project employs a full-time staff of around 60, as well as paying a legion of litter-pickers for their efforts.
This high-design store stocks clothing and accessories that incorporate African prints into wearable high-street trends: think statement jewellery, business chic and cocktail elegance. Since the brand was launched in 2008, the label has appeared on international runways and has been stocked both in Africa and across the world.