‘Going home, back to the motherland. A place where I felt like an outsider but always wanted to belong. Growing up differently, never knowing the mother tongue. Where my father was born, the other half of my British blood, Accra. Home away from home with the church and the swing and grandma and grandad, aunties, kente cloth, fufu and buckets for washing. Memories, so many memories of six-hour journeys to visit my other half.
‘I want the world to know that there are two families, both that mean the world to me, two sides to my story. I want the world to see the beauty and Ghana to have that moment in the light, one that it has always deserved. I have been claimed by Ghana, told to go and show the world, make them proud. I belong. So that’s what this is, a message of love and pride to my family and the people of Ghana.’ – Adwoa
Our Autumn/Winter Pre-Collection. A vibrant collision of prints, graffiti scribbles and checks. Spirited motifs refresh archival pieces. Silhouettes are layered and streamlined. Experiment with a clash of unexpected colour and contradictions.
Adwoa’s cousin, Kensemaa Aboah; great-auntie Mary Asare; Adwoa; grandma Gladys Aboah; and auntie Tina (Ernestina Aboah).
‘I was sitting in my office and this big, long bundle of Burberry fabric dropped on my desk. Adwoa called me and said, ‘auntie Tina, I have something for you to do, you have to make me a dress.’ I’ve had a week of sleepless nights because I just wanted to get it right. My tailors are amazing and it’s just been wonderful doing something with Adwoa. I’m not going to sleep for months! I’m still dreaming.’ – Tina, Adwoa’s auntie
‘I met Sonny in Soho and we ended up spending the whole day chatting, drinking tea and shopping. I remember thinking, ‘this one’s special.’ We just wanted to be in each other’s company. We had an instant connection. He’s an old soul and I think I’m an old soul and we completely clicked.’ – Adwoa
‘I feel like from the day we met, Adwoa and I were so honest and raw and open with each other. We had so much to talk about and it was just so special.’ – Sonny
‘Being in Ghana with Adwoa has been amazing. I met the whole family and it was such a special moment. We went and bought cupcakes, saw the family house, ventured about. It was a really special day.’ – Sonny
‘I tried very hard not to be too overemotional about this trip but it’s so special for everyone to see where the story started. To be in Ghana means coming home. I’ve been able to bring close friends of mine here, and my grandma and my family have had a taste of what part of my life is like.’ – Adwoa