Twenty-seven year old design student Amanda Jeneby designed this capsule collection with designer Adèle Dejak during her five-week internship with Adèle’s brand. A 10-week internship with jewellery brands is part of Amanda’s bachelor’s degree course in fashion jewellery from the London College of Fashion. Before interning with Adèle Dejak, Amanda spent five weeks with the men’s jewellery brand Baliyano.
Born to a Kenyan father and Swedish mother, Amanda grew up in Sweden but spent holidays in Kenya. She secured an internship with Adèle Dejak after googling ‘Kenyan jewellery’ and discovering the company. After falling in love with the brand’s aesthetic she emailed Adèle and was lucky enough to join in June.
Creating a capsule collection wasn’t an initial objective of the internship, but it slowly came together as Amanda worked together with Adèle. Samples were first made in the Adèle Dejak workshop in Kiambu before being forwarded to silversmith Musa Butt for full production.
Launched on 16 July 2016, the capsule collection of rings, earrings, bangles, chokers and bags has the instantly recognisable Adèle Dejak aesthetic, but includes elements that Amanda loves (mismatched earrings) and designs she had started working on before her internship (extra-long rectangle brass earrings).
The name of the collection—Amandla—was suggested by Amanda’s mother. Amanda was at first apprehensive that it sounded too close to her own name, but it was approved as soon as Adèle heard it. Amandla is the Xhosa word for ‘power’. And why not, you can’t help but feel powerful wearing the designs in this collection.
Photographs courtesy of Adèle Dejak.