Putting together a stylish summer attire can be simpler than you’d think: throw on a neutral top and bottom and grab a bold accessory. High-end handbag brand, A A K S is the perfect resource for finding that one-of-a-kind complement to your summer wardrobe. Founded by Akosua Afriyie-Kumi, the brand offers pieces that have contemporary silhouettes, bold colors and patterns, and a hand-woven natural feel.

A Ghana native, Akosua graduated with honors from Kingston University London where she developed her passion and knowledge for fashion. Wanting to connect with her heritage, she traveled around Ghana to discover local artisans that could produce her designs. Low-and-behold she came across a community of weavers who were masters in their craft, using traditional techniques. She worked with the artisans, unfamiliar with the use of raffia, to develop handbags that fit her vision: colorful, eclectic, and most importantly up to international high-fashion standards. Each bag from A A K S takes a week to make, under ethical conditions, and supports local communities.