A K A Z I
A K A Z I translates to Women in the Chichewa language of Malawi.
Our labels philosophy is centered around simplistic timeless designs that tell a story, beautiful natural fabrics, comfort and attention to detail.
We are a mother and daughter duo located on the Gold Coast, Australia who have combined our love of design to become the design and production team for akazi.
We lived for eight years in a fairly remote area in the north of Malawi on a tea estate. My childhood was free and pretty wild at times and we took any chance to jump out of the schoolroom window to run around chasing monkeys.
We had no shops for buying clothes and no internet or mobile phones but Mum always had her sewing machine and the local cloth was pretty good. All this lead to a creative, hands on approach to life and we feel this has influenced our choices with creating akazi.
Mum and Dad returned to Australia after fourteen years in Africa and continued with their adventures creating a farm producing tea and lemon myrtle in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales. The transformation of the old bare dairy farm into a sub tropical rainforest was complete with the addition of the old Queenslander house brought down from Brisbane and many months of DIY renovations and tree planting.
After I completed my degree in Melbourne and Mum was having a break from many years managing Disability Services we starting thinking that we would love to create something together. Something that would benefit form both our talents and that we could be proud of......and Akazi was born.
Our dream is to create beautiful, ethically produced clothing which will make you feel happy inside and out. Clothing that is kind to our Earth. Thoughtfully designed and made from quality, natural plant based fabrics that age with grace.
We aim to create a functional, minimal wardrobe that can be mixed, layered and treasured for years to come. Discouraging the throwaway 'fast fashion' industry. We want to encourage our customers to think about our clothing and their long-term use by connecting with them emotionally. To value the relationship they develop with the clothes over time - for each garment to develop it's own story.
We care about our world, the environment and the people who inhabit it and will endeavor to take the more responsible path to reach our goals.