Chic & African: Nicole Hayley’s Matabele-Inspired Bags

Chic & African: Nicole Hayley’s Matabele-Inspired Bags

By Mr. Cornells | Contributing Editor on December 10, 2013

I stumbled on this interview featuring a South Africa-based designer and what caught my attention was her strikingly chic bags.

Launched early this year, the Nicole Hayley brand aims “to produce designers bags with all elements sourced and manufactured in Africa.” As regards what inspires her label/new Collection, the Zimbabwean-born designer states that,

“The label has been inspired by my African heritage and by the richness of African art, each collection will showcase fabric designs particular to a certain region. The first collection has been inspired by the region in which I was born, Matabeleland in Zimbabwe. Matabeleland is home to the Ndebele people, their mural art inspired the fabric for the Matabele Collection.”

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I really love the design aesthetics and the quality of these bags. They (clutch purses) could be styled with an evening And judging from her focus, Nicole Hayley is one brand to watch in the coming year! Read the full Interview here.



Mr Cornells is a Contributing Editor (Fashion and Lifestyle) at The Trent and Founder & Editor of and a passionate team of contributors from Nigeria, Greece, South Africa, UK and US. is a contemporary online fashion blogazine. In case you’re wondering what inspires the name: “Passionista”, it is actually a portmanteau word from “passion” + “(fashio)nista”. Recently nominated “ONLINE PUBLICATION OF THE YEAR”, FAB AWARDS 2012, the blogazine is into catchy trends, with topics ranging from fragrances to make-up tips, to  ManStyle, models, editorials, red carpet, upcoming fashion events, news and scoops in Nigeria & beyond! It also addresses the multifarious and multidimensional fashions that abound in the music and movie world.



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