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Magazine feature: The Afro Belgian Fashion Pack…

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A few months ago I was interviewed by the lovely Tamara Gausi, journalist at the Brussels Airline magazine bSpirit! for her upcoming article on fashionable Belgians/Africans.

We met at the inevitable Café de la Presse on Avenue Louise to talk about my blog, my designs, Ivory Coast, food, shopping and much more… To support our conversation, I had a delicious piece of cake and to keep my mouth hydrated (only because hydration is the key to a healthy lifestyle ;) I had an iced tea followed by a Violette tea which has become one of my favorite when I go there.

The magazine in out this month in Brussels airport and on all the Brussels Airlines flight carrying the bSpirit! magazine. Do click on the pictures to see a larger version. And below here is what the article says ;)

VALENTINE AVOH – FASHION DESIGNER, STYLIST AND PHOTOGRAPHER

At the age of 19, Valentine Avoh moved to London to study fashion design and pattern cutting at the London College of Fashion, and upon graduation she worked for Alexander McQueen, Samantha Shaw and Alexis Mabille in London and Paris. Now back in her hometown of Brussels, this 28-year-old works as a designer, stylist and photographer, doing everything from bespoke wedding dresses to shoots for Eastpak. “I came back to see what I could do here after all of my experience abroad,” she says. “There are some interesting things happening.” Avoh cites Sandrina Fasoli and Carine Gilson as her most esteemed Brussels designers. Of Ivorian heritage, her inspiration comes from many sources. “There are lots of nice boutiques behind Bourse,” she says, “one of my favourites is Ramon & Valy, a vintage shop on Rue des Teinturiers.” And to get a taste of home? “There is an Ivorian restaurant near Avenue Louise called Cousin-Cousine – otherwise I cook my own!”

Thanks a lot Tamara for your time!

I am wearing a shirt from Mango and trousers from Essentiel.

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6 Comments

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    Jennifer
    18 September 2011 at 12:11

    I'd love to go to Brussels, it sounds very cosmopolitan – you even have an Ivorian restaurant! I adore Bruges and have been there twice on short romantic breaks ;o) I dont know a lot about fashion, but I know good chocolate – and nothing beats Belgian chocolate imho. Enjoy your weekend, Jennifer x

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    YoUngLiNgToN
    18 September 2011 at 14:54

    So happy that it is happening to you, you are a big '' touche à tout '', love that…

    http://www.younglington.blogspot.com

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    C & M
    18 September 2011 at 18:16

    omg congratz! you look so fabulous!
    stunning :)
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    J?Y
    18 September 2011 at 19:54

    WOW! Congratulations on such a a great article and amazing experiences!

    Cute blog, my first time!

    xx,
    Jay

    http://JAYSTRUT.com

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    Lidiya
    21 September 2011 at 18:27

    This is fantastic, congratulations on your interview!! :)
    http://cupcakesandtreacle.blogspot.com/

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    Valentine
    25 September 2011 at 19:08

    Thanks to all of you. I am happy to have such lovely readers!

    @Jennifer: Yes it is quite cosmopolitan for the size of the city… We have Ivorian restaurant but also restaurant from other parts of africa, such as Ethiopian, Congolese, Morrocan and more…
    If you have the occasion I would encourage you to visit ;)

    Thanks again you all!!
    xxx

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