Lalesso was founded by African designers, Olivia Kennaway and Alice Heusser who wanted to harness the magical beauty of the East African ‘khanga’, also known as ‘lesso’ to create vibrant and care free summer fashion.
The pair also wanted to create employment in Africa with a fair wage that will not only aid survival but allow people to considerably improve their standard of living whilst utilising the raw talent, incredible design aesthetics and beautiful people that the region has to offer. Lalesso also uses the creative talent of Kenyan artisans with intricate and beautiful details inclduing beaded bracelets on the swing tags, hand carved coconut buttons, masai beading, brass work among others. The production for Lalesso has now been handed over to SOKO, a charity based, eco and ethical clothing production unit that supports local talent and provides employment to Kenyans and was also started by Olivia and Alice. Lalesso is one of the worlds first carbon zero fashion brands.