A man of the striped cloth

Bumping into the Rev.Emmanuel Benson Palmer is always a treat, because you can be guaranteed he will knock you out with his special flavour of churchy swag. On his way to a funeral (RIP good friend Sorie) our Fashpack regular opted for a jazzed up version of his standard church robe.

IMG_6145‘Today is important because we will be saying good bye to my good friend Sorie*, so I wear stripes’ says the Rev. The punk rock chain is an added extra worn typically by the Rev. while on the job.

*Sorie was buried with a ‘safe and dignified medical burial’, it’s the way all burials have taken place in Sierra Leone since the Ebola outbreak. It means that the burial team must wear full PPE and loved one’s must remain a safe distance from the body. It’s not easy for a culture that farewells their loved one’s by touching and kissing bodies. Sadly this has been one of the main causes of transmission. The tentative good news is that Sierra Leone has now gone 8 days with no Ebola cases. It’s too early to pop the Palm Wine but we all remain tentatively optimistic that this heathen little virus has finally taken the hint and is out the door. 

Swag at the office

When you work in the khaki-clad world of the NGO sector, it’s not always easy to find a colleague with a set of threads you admire. I hit the jackpot at the SMAC (yes that is a real acronym and it’s all about communities fighting Ebola, not with heroin, but with fortitude, courage and deep conversations) office when I found myself working in the same team as the Freetown fashion elite. It was a relief to find that what SMAC lacks in functioning office equipment, it makes up for with some serious human eye candy.IMG_6122‘Ammy A to the J’, Everton fan and all round renaissance man, is number 1 on Allah’s best dressed list in this Ramadan ensemble. Purple cotton and caramel jeans make for a killer colour combo but what pulls it all together is, you guessed it….that hat! Purchased for Le10,000 ($2).

IMG_6153‘Miss MakaLAY’ brings it on for Africana Friday in this bold three-piece, fish tailed extravaganza. A natural in front of the camera, MakaLAY is all about the boho vibe. She has a wardrobe rivalling Kim Kardashien’s, and I have to say, I’ve never seen her in the same outfit twice.