Thursday, 11 December 2014

Let's Venture: AFiNC Charity Masque...

      We ALL love a good ball right... The outfit, the hair and the makeup prep is just the tip of the iceberg. Then you get the actual event *cue harp* I mean you have food, music and a whole lot of MEMORIES!

Well, in this oh so adorable month of December Keith, Liv and I attended a charity masquerade ball. Obviously we had a good time but to not sound sooo bias, let me take you to the beginning...

For me I feel as though being a university student is all about establishing yourself in adulthood, gaining experience and truly forming your life path but without forgetting the fun. You LIVE whilst you live ~ only in first year though mate. Nevertheless, I found myself thinking about how I could actively make a difference in my life and also in my Uni. When an opportunity was presented to apply for an exec position in a society, Red Ribbon, I jumped in with both feet! Thank The Lord I ended up getting my position hey... You can officially call me madame secretary...  (Shout-out out to all society secs out there!)

Becoming an exec has taught me so much about myself, the people in my world and how to handle different types of situations. I'm not going to lie, it's trying... but that's only character building right. You see, one of the things I love about this is that:

           "The aim of the Red Ribbon society is to raise awareness of HIV/Aids whilst raising funds" - all of which I can proudly say we have managed to and will do.

 Red Ribbon, you have our support!


Now although the ball was entertaining the truly spectacular aspect was the reason behind it. If I can challenge you this one time, how much do you really know about HIV/Aids.. It's not just a black man's disease...

Personally, I just L.O.V.E. love, giving back in any way I can. I am all about having a good time for a good cause! What charity do you love giving back to??

               Love from a creative heart, God Bless xx

Friday, 5 September 2014

The A.U.B.U.R.N. series...

As autumn dawns any sign of the summer season slowly disappears. In the fashion world the dark colours, coats, jackets, thigh highs and furs start to invade. From the bright yellows and oranges it is now time to introduce the reds and browns, it's the time of AUBURN, so let's welcome the series...

I always say accessories can make or break an outfit. Too much and you'll drown but too little and you're not getting the full potential of the outfit. The thing about bow ties is that can you really ever get enough, I think not! You can get them in a range of colours and a range of styles, so what's not to love. African prints always catch my eye, the bright colours always draws you in and you can even have a print on print outfit, but please do so with caution looool...

 My inspiration to make the auburn series came due to this upcoming autumn season, it's just the perfect timing!! I absolutely love making my bow ties so taking the time out to truly work on my art and try the different designs you're seeing was an absolute pleasure. I started to experiment with different accessories, I used spikes (tricky business that is), pearls and studs. There's just so much I could do...
But how did the name come about??
In all honesty I was actually stood starring at the material for a long while and all that came to mind was auburn, in my head it fit perfectly. I never knew how hard it would be to name the product until I sat down to think about it. I whole heartedly applaud all designers and stylists who do this on a daily basis...

Now, let's take a deeper look into some of the bows..
 >>The Auburn Butterfly
This portrays your average standard bowtie shape which fits virtually all face shapes. Here the design is very simple, the material has been left to express itself although accessories can be added on request. To me the butterfly is cute in nature and the size, well... just take a look!

>>The Auburn Combo

The Auburn combo includes a set of a bow tie and pocket square. This particular bow tie style brings a quirky twist to the classy shape. I just love that the smallest turn when making a tie completely changes its style. I also love how the colours here compliment each other, this truly shows that don't be afraid to use a little colour with these prints...

 >>The Auburn Batwing
This is the classic batwing shape although I used the accessories to make it more edgy. The spike detail adds its own character to the style. I absolutely love working with spikes, to me its more out of the box thinking...

From the fierceness of my model to the vibe brought from the design, this traditional print has definitely been recreated #welcometothe21stcentury

Love from a creative heart, God bless xx


Monday, 1 September 2014



Hello hello!! So this post is more of a GET TO KNOW the body and workings of AFiNC more than anything! I mean there's nothing more daunting than not knowing what you're getting yourself involved with right??! Firstly I would just like to thank you all for all your continued support, this would definitely not be able to happen without you...

 Now from the first post we already know what AFiNC is and what it stands for but WHO are the people behind this enchanting (yes I'm bias) movement...

Well, there's an inward team, THE KASES (it's a family affair), and an outward team which comprises of a videographer, photographer, two A* models and lastly me, the designer! So lets get to know a little more about these quirky CHARACTERS:-

VideoGrapher: Zen Luwe

"Zen--21--Creative Media student at Manchester Metropolitan University.--Videographer//Director//Photographer for 5 years. 'See life through the clarity of a lens and share your vision with the world'--Aspiring to be a video director"

>>creativity is greater than knowledge<<

Photographer: Smart Banda

"Smart Jervas Banda--Photographer based in Sheffield--Born in Zambia, Lusaka--love portraits, music, life & nature--autumn is my favourite season because I get to wear my favourite clothes--for me, photography is all about sharing a piece of who I am with someone whether family, friends or an unknown instagramer--I think there's something powerful about capturing images that convey a certain aesthetic beauty & detail

>>perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence-Vince Lombardi<<

Model: Olivia 'Liv' Newsome

"I study illustration at Leeds college of Art--I have different coloured eyes
--Yorkshire tea is one of the best tings ever created--I love simplicity and minimalism--I edit photos in my spare time and I love watching back to back crime dramas!"
>>weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character- Albert Einstein<<

Model: Keith Kaselampao

 "Keith Lumonga Kaselampao, some of my friends (mandem) call me Kase--21--Design and Technology Management graduate--Dreamer--Youth pastor--lover not a fighter--Fashion purveyor--Breaking through on behalf of my generation and future generation"
>>created to be creative<<

Designer//stylist: Metruth 'Truth' Kaselampao

"Truth Kase--BMS student--19--self made designer--prawn lover--cheesecake lover--okay, I just love food--European language enthusiast, this leads to me listening to random songs in odd languages--guitarist--worship leader--better days are coming--I believe a heartfelt  smile can make someone's day--chilled music brings good vibes"

>>being happy never goes out of style<<

Smart: I was inspired to work with AFiNC because I'm in love with the brand, the style and quirkiness of the designs. I'm excited to see where this can take us. I also love that they're all about diversity and the mixing of new and old...
 Love from a creative heart, God bless xx

Tuesday, 29 July 2014


Simplicity is one of the first bowties I ever made.

Its a simple design using quite neutral colours and has no additional accessories.
The bowtie itself is made from African material but the strap is made from an elastic material, this flexibility makes it a one size fits all kind of situation. Although brown is a cold colour it still adds some flavour to the outfit.

See how my model styles his outfit, sometimes less is truly more...
See how my model styles his outfit, sometimes less is truly more...

love from a creative heart, God bless xx



Well hello there!! My name is Lutale Metruth Kaselampao and I'm the creator of AFiNC (Africa Incorporated). It's quite a cheesy name but it just makes so much sense....
   So the whole idea started a few Easters ago when I decided to make myself a bow tie but I didn't want just a normal one, I wanted something different ,so I went for an African print bow tie. After talking to some friends/family I decided to make more adding different accessories, I just let creativity be what it is.
The bowties here are strictly handmade by yours truly and made from African print only.
I would just like to thank you for taking time out to support me and although it's been a while I am finally ready set, so lets go...

from a creative heart, God bless xx