Taxaw! SS 2020

Taxaw is inspired by the earthquake of the Restitution of African Heritage report, a historical scientific work by Felwine Sarr and Bénédicte Savoy. As a fashion brand, we began to imagine the future encounters with thousands of lost artifacts, books, rituals, textiles, and their irrevocable impact on our vision of the world. A vast field of investigation and creation deepens for young Africans: the exploration of African imaginaries. In this lookbook, you’ll find garments infused in Dakar, Abomey and Djenne, a wall inspired by Keith Haring, a sculpture of Djibril Diop Mambety as an invitation to alterity and Radical Imagination. Taxaw is a celebration, an ode to transcultural relationships based on mutuality, dignity and “elevation in humanity”. It is an ode to the acceptance of history and the excavation of useful tools for the continent to face its present and imagine its future.

The Djenne Dress

The Sika Jacket

The Leonce Raphael Dress

The MCN Vest

The Kouyaté Dress

The Edjaw Top

The Maguette Ensemble

The Maguette Ensemble

The Abomey Dress

The Tioker Set

The Takk  Shirt

The Naawal Start Set

Extract of Sarr / Savoy Report

There are currently at least 88,000 objects from sub-Saharan Africa in French public collections. Despite numerous complaints from African countries since the independences, the French State has not seen fit to move forward on this issue, arguing that the national heritage is inalienable. Until President Emmanuel Macron’s speech on November 28 2017 in Ouagadougou, which announced the implementation within five years of “temporary or permanent restitution of African heritage in Africa”. He then asked Felwine Sarr and Bénédicte Savoy to consult specialists in Africa and France, and to lead a broad reflection on this subject. The result of this mission is a book, which reproduces the content of the report submitted to the President of the Republic on November 23 2018.It tells the story of spoliations throughout world history, assesses France’s share, draws up a first inventory of the works that have been stolen, recounts the attempts of African countries to reclaim their heritage, analyses the legal issues that arise, and sets out a number of practical recommendations for the implementation of restitution, one of the most audacious projects of the 21st century. The heritage restitution movement aims not only to give Africans back access to their works, but also to establish a new era in relations between Africa and France, to write a new page of shared and peaceful history.