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KiVU

Elegant. Inspirational. Unique.

Fashion and lifestyle brand which actively supports the advancement of women in developing countries.

KiVU is

Beautifully designed bespoke scarves

Stunning and unique prints inspired originally by Rwandan paper beads

Incorporating philanthropic values and luxury


The Inspiration

The KiVU brand takes its name from the beautiful and serene Lake KiVU, which nestles between the borders of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda.

The KiVU signature bead print is inspired by colorful paper beads which are made by Rwandan and Congolese women who transform old magazines and paper into items of beauty that can be sold to enhance their lives. In many countries, women and women’s rights are discarded just like this old paper and so the bead is symbolic of the women’s determination to improve their lives and thus became the significant core of our brand, as we further transformed those beads into our stunning signature print.  The colors in the collection reflect the rich tones of Lake KiVU and the vibrant prints which are created in tie dye and weaving.

The Collection

The collection has three distinct designs: Rwanda, inspired by the colorful paper beads made by Rwandan women, Congo, inspired by the Kuba textiles unique to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Bosnia, inspired by pockmarks in the Sarajevo pavement left by mortar bombs during the war and later filled with red resin. Printed whisper weight silk-chiffon, a KiVU scarf is an everyday or vacation essential. This piece can be styled any number of ways – enhance day or evening wear with its vibrant colorway. It can be wrapped around your hips into a beach cover-up or draped over your shoulders on cool evenings.  Light, delicate and stunning, it will become your essential accessory.

Ethical Partnership

KiVU is inspired by the regions supported by Women for Women International (WfWI www.womenforwomen.org.uk), an organization which works with socially excluded women in countries where war and conflict have devastated lives and communities.

KiVU is quintessentially about creating an exquisite, quality product which actively supports the economic growth and social, cultural and commercial advancement of women in developing countries. KiVU is not just about purchasing beautiful scarves; it is a commitment to making an impact.

At KiVU, sustainable development and corporate social responsibility are not simply vague aspirations – nor are they an ‘add-on’ to the line; they lie at the very heart of the brand and all that it stands for.

About Avis Charles

KiVU is the brainchild of the inspirational visionary and philanthropist, Avis Charles. Avis has over 40 years of experience in the fashion and textiles industry and has worked with some of the most recognizable names in fashion. Starting with a couture foundation, she trained at ateliers such as Hardy Aimes and Norman Hartnell. Over the last two decades, her breadth of experience has included established designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Jasper Conran, luxury brand Victoria Beckham, through to the new generation of design talent Christopher Kane and Jonathan Saunders. 

 

We're expecting scarves to be available in late June. Please provide your email below and you'll be the first to know when they are available.

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