A A K S was founded by Akosua Afriyie-Kumi with a goal of introducing the world to her favourite weaving techniques done by the women of Ghana, while also creating and igniting sustainable jobs within Africa. Handcrafted in Ghana, A A K S creates bags in styles that maintain the spirit and durability of their ancestral counterparts characterised by bright exuberant colours.
Akosua, after a time in London, graduated from Kingston University London with a BA (hons) Fashion degree and amassed an impressive resume of fashion industry experience. From designer to co – owner of a fashion brand and now creative director of her own brand A A K S, this has resulted in a broad knowledge of the industry from all sides.
These bags and lamp post are handwoven incorporating the use of raffia and leather. It takes approximately one week to complete a handbag. This craft is the art of weaving. Using skills and techniques that are unique to this part of Ghana which is the Northern region. She strives for beauty and individuality in each product
After her launch in 2014, A A K S has been shortlisted as an emerging designer from Africa by Vogue Italia, featured by Elle Decoration, Vogue, CNN, Forbes Woman Africa, Guardian UK and many international publications.
Akosua now stocks her woven bag collections in 60 stores worldwide including Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters.