Adele Dejak at the Sulger-Buel Lovell Gallery

Adele Dejak at the Sulger-Buel Lovell Gallery

I had the pleasure of being invited to view the work of African Luxury Jewellery designer Adele Dejak at the Sulger Buel Lovell Gallery. The gallery specialises in contemporary African art and has played host to a number of contemporary artists. Looking at Adele Dejak’s jewellery it wasn’t a surprise that she would choose a space such as this one to showcase her work.

Bold, beautiful, statement pieces, each design is like a sculpture in itself, a work of art not to be compared with another. African luxury at its best, this designer is a true artisan exploring the rich, elegant, bold heritage of Africa with no Ankara print in sight.

As a designer and lecturer myself, I had been growing tired of seeing the rise of African design and influence being reduced to just prints. Although prints specifically Ankara prints are a big part of our aesthetic it’s not the only thing that defines the continent, just ask Picasso, Matthew Williamson, Malene Birger and many contemporary artists and designers who continue to draw inspiration from the beautiful continent.

The Nigerian-born designer sources her materials from all over Africa, from brass to leather to Ankole cow horn. The Ankole cow is a by-product of the beef industry in Uganda. It is found exclusively in Uganda and its highly versatile and comes in a range of natural colours, varying from ivory to brown. The brand is at the forefront of ethical and sustainable design. The brand is built on Adele’s commitment to rebrand Africa as she continues to design beautiful, high-end jewellery and interior bespoke home products that define authentic luxury.

I have become a huge fan of her work and need some of her pieces in my wardrobe asap. It is a definite must buy for the Autumn/Winter season. Check out the shop on her website and get your fix. (Adele Dejak)


Thank you for stopping by, please let me know what you think. I would love to hear from you.



Photography by Mister Benson
  • iSerenaDiouf

    I too agree seeing African Art without print in someway refreshing. It demonstrates range and diversity. Love x

    • colsonstyletheory

      Yes precisely, and Africa is the continent of diversity its soO rich in culture. I just think designers need to explore a bit more and events such as African Fashion Week and Africa Utopia need to be more selective in their choice of designers showcasing. I LOVE Ankara prints but thats not all there is. Here are great examples of African designers / labels I am loving at the moment some have revamped the Ankara prints and given it new life. Orange Culture, Jewel by Lisa, Christie Brown, Maxhosa, Duro Olowu, Loza Maleombho, Andrea Iyamah.

      Lol, can you tell this is a subject i’m passionate about?

  • John Lambert

    Amazing pics Rita, were they taken with your phone or did one of your awesome friends let you use one of theirs? lol, only joking, the skill is choosing the best angles, lighting etc Great job!

  • COG

    Wow, her stuff is amazing. You’re right about the use of Ankara (or its overuse). There is definitely so much more that we need to show. Checking out her website now.