August 28 2014

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On Our Radar: Muzungu Sisters X Missoni X CB


It’s Missoni’s latest limited-edition collaboration with Converse that has had sneaker freaks abuzz for quite a while, but for those of us inclined toward something a bit more refined, the brand has paired up with Muzungu Sisters (helmed by Tatiana Santo Domingo and Dana Alikhani) and Milanese shoe designer Cecilia Bringheli on a collection of smoking slippers (£330 each). They come in three different prints (all fabrics were upcycled from Missoni for the project) that are perfect for your fall wardrobe, but I have my eyes on the pair above. The limited-edition shoes, which are Muzungu Sisters’ first collaboration effort, are available now on the brand’s Web site

Photo: Courtesy Photo

London Lunches With Tatiana Santo Domingo And Dana Alikhani, Fashion’s Newest Sister Act


Tatiana Santo Domingo and Dana Alikhani’s new label Muzungu Sisters is brand-new, but it has shot out of the gate with a bang. No sooner did the globally sourced ethical label get up and running (it technically launched November 1) than it partnered up with the new London-based e-commerce site for a collaboration—and a lunch at London’s Wolseley to celebrate.

“Muzungu” means wanderer, which is what Santo Domingo and Alikhani see themselves as. “I knew early on in life that I would have to find a job that enabled me to travel,” Santo Domingo says, and after meeting Alikhani, came up with the idea of sourcing hard-to-find fashion and accessories from the remote corners of the globe. “I studied human rights in Columbia University, and I believe what we are doing is an extension of that,” Alikhani puts in. “We are committed to finding ethically sourced materials, for them to be made in proper work conditions and to pay craftsman, artisans, and weavers a fair price.”

“You don’t always have to be in top-to-toe designer,” Santo Domingo adds. “You can have a pair of designer trousers, then put on one of our Peruvian alpaca jumpers and wear it to a club. We want people to see that you can mix and match—you don’t have to go total hippie, even though,” she laughs, “oftentimes I do.” Continue Reading “London Lunches With Tatiana Santo Domingo And Dana Alikhani, Fashion’s Newest Sister Act” »

Muzungu Sisters Unveils Its Wares


“It’s not about the It bag or It shoe anymore,” Tatiana Santo Domingo tells “People are sick of having the same look.” So Santo Domingo, along with pal Dana Alikhani, is launching Muzungu Sisters, a new online shop that offers handcrafted, ethically sourced garb and accessories from around the globe. Not, in other words, what you’re likely to find on the shelf at the nearest department store.

“We wanted to create an interactive portal that would bring together fair trade suppliers from all over the world,” says Alikhani. The pair, who met in London in 2002, bonded over a mutual love for the nomadic lifestyle while jetting to far-flung locales like Rio de Janeiro and Tangier. (They dubbed their Web site Muzungu Sisters, Muzungu meaning “wanderer” in Swahili.) “We would stumble upon typical things that we loved,” recalls Santo Domingo, citing a pair of traditional leather and Kilim rug boots worn by trekkers in the Atlas Mountains. “You would never think to wear them in the city but pairing them with something modern looks amazing,” she says.

The site, which launches November 1, features an eclectic mix of Balinese sarongs, Peruvian bolero jackets, and Brazilian mochilas (backpacks), all of which the pair discovered from meeting with Fair Trade Cooperatives and specialized artisans in various international communities. Just don’t expect any big-name brands. “It’s not that we don’t wear designer clothes,” explains Alikhani. “But that whole head-to-toe look has never been our aesthetic.”

To celebrate the site’s debut, the pair will open a pop-up shop at London hot spot Momo through December, featuring their namesake collection and a curated assortment of housewares from local Moroccan designers. “These days the definition of luxury has changed,” says Santo Domingo. “Having something inaccessible and difficult to find, that is true luxury.” and its pop-up shop at Momo, 25 Heddon Street, London, both launch November 1.

Photos: Courtesy of Muzungu Sisters