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Queendom of Banana

Having recently returned from a trip to Kenya, designer Chloe Townsend took inspiration from something seemingly ordinary and transformed it into a bright and beautiful collection. After being overwhelmed by countless bunches of bananas in, well, Banana and the Kenyan surrounds, Chloe decided she would base her new collection entirely on this staple fruit. With names like the Nairobi Sling Bag and the Banana Bum-Bag, each piece from the Queendom of Banana collection will make the perfect summer accessory. And finally, men can also get their hands on a stylish Missibaba piece - including laptop sleeves, weekenders, satchels and belts. After illustrating images of the jungle (and of course, bananas!), Chloe had the patterns printed onto leather and canvas, while all fabric designs were hand-cut from black card to create a linocut effect. With colours like aqua, jungle green, fluorescent coral, deep mustard and periwinkle blue, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to flaunt Missibaba’s colourful new designs this season. The Queendom of Banana collection is available at the Missibaba store at 229 Bree Street, Cape Town or online via For more information, email Text Lindi Brownell Meiring