New concept store Alára is changing the Lagos landscape in more ways than one
Words Helen Jennings
Alára is a game changer. When the concept store opened its doors in February this year, selling an exquisite mix of fashion, art and furniture, it not only put Lagos on the retail map, it also heralded the arrival of a new form of African luxury. It was brought to life by the long-term vision of its CEO and founder, Reni Folawiyo.
“My ambition was to build an iconic brand that would ...
The High Life
Money doesn’t buy style, but some investments are worth a splurge. Wings presents a curated list of gadgets, luxury fashion and lifestyle items and once-in-a-lifetime experiences for discerning travellers.
Words Owen Bailey
Seclusion And Serenity
Charter a luxury yacht
To some, solitude is the ultimate luxury, and we’re struggling to imagine anywhere more private or luxurious than a voyage aboard the Lady Britt, a recently launched 63m super yacht available to charter through the ...
Staying In Style
Africa is rapidly emerging as the next frontier in high-end hospitality. Here, industry insiders reveal to Wings what’s powering the success, and describe a new era for African tourism
Words Belinda Otas
"Hotels are a good barometer of a region’s rate of economic development or decline,” says Arthur Gillis, CEO of Protea Hotel Group, a wholly owned South African company, with approximately 130 properties across the continent. “Hotels start going up where there’s travel to ...
Burgeoning African economies are seeing a rise in aspirational consumers with spending power, causing international luxury brands to pay attention. But what impact will this new influx of high-end labels have on the homegrown luxury market?
Words Belinda Otas
Africa has traditionally been a source of raw material. Diamonds have been taken out of Africa, sent to London, and brought back as a luxury item, the most desirable of brands,” says Thebe Ikalafeng, regarded as one of Africa’s ...