Nolcha Media Lounge during NYFW
The Nolcha Media Lounge, which was held at the Bryant Park Hotel Terrace Loft, previewed Spring/Summer 2017 collections from 12 independent accessories brands ranging from scarves to jewelry and handbags to shoes, including several ethical / locally-produced lines, as well as designers from the UK, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Guatemala. This season welcomed back Michelle Pajak-Reynolds (jewelry), EL VOYAGE (scarves) and Taylord Blu (men’s accessories), and debuting brands Riley Versa (bags), DELA EVA (bags), Marshelly’s (jewelry), James Carltons (footwear) and Oysby (footwear/bags). The East Africa Trade and Investment Hub showcased APRELLEDUANY (luxury bags), I am I (jewelry), Mafi (footwear), and Sammy Handmade (scarves). Editors, stylists and buyers stopped by the lounge throughout the day, including influencers like actress Fatima Ptacek ("Dora The Explorer") and celebrity stylist Derek Warburton. Guests were treated to goodies by Volvic natural spring water and Red Cherry Lashes X Valley of the Dolls.