Symbols of Authority jewelry

The Roundup: Larry Jay, MUNKUS, Symbols of Authority and More New Arrivals in June


The Roundup is where to discover newly arrive brands, collections
 and key pieces across ready-to-wear apparel, accessories, shoes and more, and be the first to source them for your wholesale assortment as soon as they arrive.

This June, we welcomed new brands onto The Folklore Connect’s wholesale platform, including unisex label Larry Jay, jewelry brands Margaux Wong and Symbols of Authority and a number of ready-to-wear brands. Each of them brings their idiosyncratic approach to design to the forefront, ranging from ethically sourced materials to handcrafting techniques and sustainability. Discover them below.

 

Larry Jay

Larry Jay


A unisex brand based in Accra, Ghana, Larry Jay offers a unique point of view for thriving in a clean, diverse and progressive world. Inspired by nature, culture and art, Larry Jay’s designs exude understated style and emphasize comfort with innovative details influenced by its West African heritage. Sustainability and a transparent supply chain lay at the heart of Larry Jay’s operations. The brand sources textiles from local markets, repurposing them into stylish garments and accessories using artisanal, vintage tie-dye techniques by skilled craftspeople.

Maison Eli

Maison Eli


Founded as a children’s leather footwear brand by new mother Lydie Traore in 2020, Maison Eli soon evolved into an accessories brand that produces handcrafted shoes and bags for women. Based in Dubai, the brand’s small team of artisans uses materials such as vegetable-tanned camel leather and traditional workmanship techniques to create modern, sleek and functional designs with clean lines and a vibrant colour palette. Crafted by hand without the use of heavy machinery, each bag takes between two to three days to be completed.

Margaux Wong

Margeaux wong


Billing itself as a sustainable luxury brand with an 
ethos that embraces responsible innovation, Margaux Wong is a jewelry label from Burundi in East Africa. The brand crafts its jewelry collections from locally sourced, sustainable materials such as cow horn and brass, often partnering with local artisans to reduce waste and preserving traditional craft in the process. Its Joy collection, which comprises the Daisy and Veronica capsules, explores the classic composition of a black and white palette, evoking timeless beauty.

MUNKUS

MUNKUS


A contemporary brand that looks to the 1980s and 1990s for its retro-inspired style, MUNKUS was established in 2019 by South African designer Thando Ntuli, who gave the brand her childhood nickname. With sustainability and longevity in mind, the range of colorful dresses, blazers, pants and skirts by MUNKUS are crafted from fabrics of linen and cotton, as well as bull denim and printed textiles that have been treated to withstand time.

Nouva 

Nouva


Based in Lagos, Nigeria, Nouva was founded by Omobolaji Ayinde-Sekoni in 2009 to offer ready-to-wear designs that reflect the vibrant nature of its home city. Colorful metallic fabrics, bold prints and gathered textures are frequently used to create its dresses, with some pieces based on traditional menswear designs such as the Yoruba “agbada”.

Seta The Label

Seta the Label


Established in Nigeria in 2018, contemporary brand Seta The Label aims to dress modern women in simple, effortless pieces that display the label’s sensual aesthetic. From 1990s-inspired slip dresses to coordinating sets with cut-out details, Seta The Label creates its collection of resort pieces in Lagos, Nigeria, using lightweight, breathable textiles that are perfect for the warm-weather season.

Symbols of Authority

Symbols of Authority jewelry


Taking inspiration from antiquity, art and nature, Toronto-based jewelry brand Symbols of Authority creates high-quality accessories that are designed to be worn daily. From necklaces with animal-shaped pendants to Benin Bronzes-inspired earrings, each piece of jewelry is carefully handcrafted from natural gemstones and metals that have been ethically and sustainably sourced. The designs, and the name of the brand, pay tribute to everything from ancient symbology and architecture to distinctive pre-colonial art and sculpture.

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