Bomani Woman

ELISHA’S STYLE: HEAD WRAPS & JEWELS

A few months ago I caught up with my long time friend and photographer Simon Richardson for an impromptu photo shoot at his Bedford studio.  At the time I was in the process of creating my Macramé collection so wanted to include some of the pieces in the shoot and decided to create three looks using different head wraps.

Growing up with a Rastafarian mother I can clearly remember sitting on her bed watching her tie her head with beautiful cloths, she always looked so regal as she constructed her crown for the day.  Last year I started my lock journey and wanted to embrace my Rastafarian roots and bring my own modern twist to the styling.  On the day I was stylist/make-up artist/designer and I had so much fun creating each look and grabbing a quick selfie before each session with the professional Simon.

I could not even tell you how many shoots I have done with Simon over the years but I must say that this is my favourite one to date, maybe because I felt a true connection to the style of the shoot as I felt that it really represented the woman I have fought to become, finally embracing my own style, the richness of my past and the possibilities for my future.  The timing of the shoot couldn’t have been more perfect as days after I received the images the Marvel movie Black Panther came out in the UK and I truly felt part of the Wakanda movement.  Not only was the movie a celebration of the first black Superhero Marvel film but it was also a celebration of strong black female warriors, my favourite being Okoye played by the beautiful Danai Gurira.  The scene in the casino where Okoye throws her wig at the henchmen was epic, for me it symbolised a celebration of female power and individual beauty.


Thank you ladies you have fuelled the fire for women everywhere and giving us the inspiration to shine like the warriors we are; WAKANDA FOREVER!

Here are some of the images from my shoot, you can see more in my album on Facebook page:





The finish off I just want to say a huge thank you to Simon please head over to his website and check out his work is amazing: Simon Richardson
Until next week guys Peace & Blessings
Elisha x

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MACRAME collection by Elisha Francis

Eco-friendly Macramé Jewellery

‘Recycling Just Got Sexy’

Yes recycling is sexy and no I’m not crazy lol! Let me explain, over the last few months I  have been working on a new collection and I have finally launched it online so obviously I wanted to share the news with you guys. It is called MACRAMÉ and it is a collection of large scale body jewellery hand woven by yours truly using the ancient macramé technique.  I am so excited about this range because it fused two of my great passions; textiles and statement body adornment. For the past few years I have been a lot more conscious about how I am living in terms of my health and lifestyle so introducing this ethos into my jewellery business has been a natural progression and a way for me in inject my core values into my business.  The main material that I have used for the collection is a type of yarn made from recycled cotton. It is produced from salvage remnants from the fashion industry and is so fun to work with and comes in a range of beautiful colours.

 

After practicing the macramé technique for some time and experimenting with different patterns I finally came up with a variations of styles that complement and accentuate the female form. The collection includes two styles of large scale body pieces in neutral shades with hints of soft pink and citrus yellow making an appearance within the range. Large scale friendship bracelets, bangles and chokers complete the collection by offering an everyday statement piece in the same recycled cotton and rope.  I made a short YouTube video talking about all the pieces in the collection which you can watch below:

The question that I’ve been getting asked the most is; ‘How do you wear them?’ so I thought it would be useful if I listed my top three ways below:

  1. Wear over your swimwear at the beach or pool party
  2. Add it to a pair or shorts and crop top for a festival vibe
  3. Apply over your existing outfit i.e LBD to elevate the outfit entirely

My favourite everyday piece is the EIDI choker which I am wearing in my YouTube video, I love it because not only can you wear it as a choker but you can also wear it as a hairband or even double it up as a bracelet so you get a few options with this piece. I also love the DEKA rope bangles which come in a choice of three colours and look amazing all stacked up together.

DEKA ROPE BANGLES

The whole collection has been so much fun to create and I look forward to seeing them worn on beaches around the world, dancing at summer festivals and turning heads at a few soirees this year. So guys this is my new collection I hope you like it and before I sign off here are a few images of the pieces:

AZIZA | Macramé Body Jewellery

friendship bracelets

RAFIKI | Friendship Bracelets

RAFIKI | Friendship Bracelet

RAFIKI | Friendship Bracelet

MADU | Macramé Bangles

MADU | Macramé Bangles

KENDI | MACRAMÉ BODY JEWELLERY

KENDI | Macramé Body Jewellery

 

Discover the full collection on my website and I would to hear which piece is your favourite so please let me know by leaving a comment below

Elisha x

 

 

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The birth of a Bomani Woman

My love of jewellery design is an escape into my own wonderful world. I become lost in the research, sketching, sampling, creating and learning new skills and developing my own design language. I have always been a great believer in loving what you do and doing what you love.  I love creating, I love designing and I love sharing this with you. My  jewellery is my creative voice, my metaphoric armour, my journey and my discovery.

The Bomani collection was created during my final year of university where I studied jewellery design at Sir John Cass (LMU). This was the birth of my Bomani Tribe, it was created to represent strength, courage, and to evoke the warrior in us all. The word Bomani means warrior or solider and is an African/Egyptian boys name. I took the name and repurposed it for my designs and myself. I wanted to create jewellery and body adornment for the modern day warrior, male and female. Coming together to celebrate our differences, standing alone and feeling empowered and making a conscious decision to walk the path we choose.

Working in both metal and textiles allows me to communicate a narrative through my work; these contrasting materials represent the idea that we can be hard and soft, simple and intricate, strong and fragile. Sometimes it is hard to express ourselves with words, but what we choose to adorn ourselves with can reflect that still small voice within trying to be set free.

I am a Bomani Woman, welcome to my tribe…

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BOMANI Rings

 

I am so excited to finally introduce a new series of four contemporary rings that I’ve been working on for the lat few months, inspired by tribal artefacts and designed with a minimalist aesthetic, these little gems are the newest pieces to join the BOMANI Tribe™.

 

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YERO | Warrior Ring | Sterling Silver

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MAHA | Eye Ring | Sterling Silver

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JOMO | Spear Ring | Sterling Silver

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KITA | Face Ring | Sterling Silver

 

The collection can be found online and will be available in gold, silver and rose gold with prices starting from £75.

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Photoshoot with Simon Richardson

Hello guys, sorry its been such a long time since my last blog post, I have recently had a beautiful baby girl and she has stolen my heart, my time and all my attention for the last few months.

But at long last I am back with some exciting new jewellery and exciting projects that i’ll be working on for the next few months.  So a couple of weeks ago I dipped my toe back in the pond when I  hooked up with my long time friend and talented photographer Simon Richardson.

We planned a shoot to produce some new visuals for Bomani Woman look book and I have to say they are PHENOMENAL!

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I had the pleasure of meeting model Ayla who is a good friend of Simon’s, I saw previous images of her in his portfolio I had to ask her to collab with us on this shoot, her bone structure is ridiculously striking and she killed it on set.  She encompassed the strength and sensuality of a true Bomani Woman and Simon captured everything with every click of his camera.

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The second model is my cousin Eloise a fresh faced beauty studying performing arts and this was her debut in the modelling world, and I have to say she really impressed us and I have no doubt that she will make a great name for herself within the industry.

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So with all the great energy on set I had to join in the fun since I have been working hard in my ‘Buggyfit’ classes to get my body back into shape after my baby and could not resist an opportunity to get in front of the camera with Simon and Ayla.

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So I hope you enjoyed looking at some of the behind the scenes images from my shoot, please leave me a comment below as I would love to hear what you think and the professional images by Simon Richardson will follow very soon.

 

 

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Septum Rings for Afropunk London

This Saturday the 24th of September AFROPUNK makes it debut in London town at Alexandra Palace, the line up for the festival include SZA, Akala, the Noisettes, Laura Mvula as well as the legendary Grace Jones. Yesterday we were honoured and excited to be mentioned in a TimeOut article by Matilda Egere-Cooper ‘How to slay at Afropunk this weekend‘.

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The Afropunk movement was inspired by a documentary written and directed by James Spooner in 2003 which highlighted Black Punks in America, two years later in 2005 the first Afropunk festival was held in Brooklyn and has become an annual event.  This year the festival has already hit Europe via Paris and London is next to experience the live music, good vibes and eclectic fashion styles.

The style is afrocentric meets modern punk and everything weird and wonderful in-between, one of my favourite signature looks is the tribal face paint rocked by many fashionista’s at these events think FKA Twigs and you’ll be on the right track.

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I also love the look of all the glorious natural fro’s, dreadlocks and braids that are celebrated in the most beautifully and elaborate styles, check out one of my new favourite style icons Ladene Clark who’s deadlocks and fashion sense eclipse the essence of the festival.

ladene clark

And of course you cannot complete the look without a septum ring, real or fake we want to hook you up with a special 25% online discount off our range using promo code ‘AFROPUNK‘ so you too can SLAY this weekend!

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Kalifa (real version) £29 | Malika (fake version) £15 ~ Shop now

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Sadiki (real version) £29 ~ Shop Now

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Bibi (real version) £49 | Ashanti (fake version) £15 ~ Shop Now

And if you are in London town you can also shop our range of septum rings via Parla who are located at Unit 21, Boxpark, Shoreditch, London, E1 6GY

So if you’re lucky enough to attend this weekend I hope that you look absolutely fierce and have the time of your life!

 

Shop our full range of septum rings: www.elishafrancis.com 

Read the full article by Matilda Egere-Cooper for TimeOut magazine

Visit Afropunk website for full details on the event

 

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Who is She? Bomani Woman (Episode 2)

This week see’s the release of Episode 2 of the ‘Who is she? Bomani Woman’ series and I am excited to introduce my gorgeous sister Nicquel Jackson.

She is a model and co-founder of The Curl People who celebrate self-love and diversity – Everything curly, coily and beautiful.

This 5’9″ beauty worked her magic on set for my new jewellery campaign featuring our Victory earrings.  Make-up artist Sarah Elizabeth enhanced Nicquel’s stunning look with natural make-up to ensure her beautiful freckles and glowing skin shown through.  It was a proud moment to see my little sister bring to life the fierceness of a Bomani Woman™.

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Nicquel wears: Silver Victory Earring~ Shop the look

Enjoy watching the second video of the series and don’t forget to hit that Like button and leave a comment as I would love to hear what you think:

 

 

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Credits:

Jewellery: Elisha Francis London
Model: Nicquel Jackson
Photography: Christopher Shields & Tanu Nejagal
Make-up Artist: Sarah Elizabeth
Cameraman/Assistant: Martina Weekes
Wardrobe: Beverley Heels Vintage

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Who is She? Bomani Woman (Episode 1)

Jewellery is more then body adornment, it is a personal style, an expression of who we are and a way of life. I want you to meet some of the people who make up our Bomani Tribe™ and bring our jewellery collections to life.

So allow me to introduce Nicole who features in our new jewellery campaign: VICTORY
She is a model/actress from London with Indian and Israeli descent, her beauty is mesmerising and her inner glow shines bright through her smile.  I was really excited to work with her and see her come alive in front of the camera.

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Nicole wears: Gold Victory Earrings ~ Shop the look

Here is our first video that kicks off the series of ‘Who is She? Bomani Woman:

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Credits:

Jewellery: Elisha Francis London
Model: Nicole Rachel
Photography: Christopher Shields & Tanu Nejagal
Make-up Artist: Sarah Elizabeth
Cameraman/Assistant: Martina Weekes
Wardrobe: Beverley Heels Vintage

 

Septum Rings

ELISHA FRANCIS : Bomani Woman Septum Ring

Introducing our range of septum rings for our BOMANI™ Tribe this summer, we have a range of sterling silver, yellow gold and rose gold styles that will add an edge to your summer look and ensure you’re looking fierce and fabulous this season.

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Shop the collection at www.elishafrancis.com

Photography: Allure Photography
Models: Areej Osman, Donja and Estelle Digridi
Hair Stylist: Brenda Ford
Make-up Artist: Sarah Elizabeth
Wardrobe: Beverley Heels Vintage

KING & QUEEN Collection Launch

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Elisha Francis invites you to the launch of: The KING & QUEEN collection

“Every woman is a Queen and every man is a King, we all have greatness within us,
no exceptions. ” ~ Elisha Francis 

The King and Queen collection has been designed to empower both men and women with everyday pieces including,  jewellery, accessories and fashion garments that are classic, casual and cool. Elisha loves making bold statements through her designs and this one is no exception.

Elisha Francis invites you to the launch of: The KING & QUEEN collection, queen

KING & QUEEN Collection Launch
Date:
Thursday 3rd December 2015
Location: 
Fresh Laces Unit 17, 2 – 10 Bethnal Green Rd London E1 6GY
Time 5:30 – 9PM

Welcome drinks and signature cupcakes courtesy of DirtyMouth Cupcakes

We hope you can join us!

 RSVP: info@elishafrancis.com

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