'My Africa' interview for Elle Italia

1) Why Africa? What do you love most of this country? 

 I grew up between South Africa and England and first travelled to Kenya after university in Cape Town. I travelled along the East African coast with a friend on 'matatus' (small local minibuses) and then to Nairobi on the overnight train from Mombassa. Nairobi is a vast city of creative and highly skilled crafts people and I fell in love with the Kenyan culture and lifestyle.

2) Describe your creations in 3 words?         

artisanal, sculptural & statement

3) Which materials do you use for your creations? 

We use natural locally sourced materials such as wood and cow horn that is a by-product of the local meat industry. The fine finishing is done by hand in London using precious metals such as solid silver and set with coloured gemstones sourced from conflict-free mines around Africa.

 4) What inspires you with your creations? 

The design of Fouché jewellery has an Art Déco style that is inspired by the Futurist and Art Déco buildings created by Italian architects in Africa in the 1930s. I love the modernity and sculptural shapes of Art Déco that complement the hand carved jewels in Fouché collections. My new designs combine enamel and cow horn and take inspiration from the paintings of Sonia Delaunay and early Cubist works of Picasso.

 5) Fashion can be ethical. What do you do in this sense? Do you support African communities?

We create jewellery using materials that are sourced from ethical partners and offer fair-trade and sustainable employment to artisan groups across Nairobi and Kibera, Africa's largest slum.