Sarafina Legrand began her career in modelling and studied at the “Art et Métiers institute” in Brussels. Her elegantly designed, African influenced jewellery has seen her become a popular and established fashion brand for accessories in Rwanda in a relatively short space of time.
K’Tsobe describes her passion for designing rings, bracelets and necklaces as like “a mini sculpture; something that follows you throughout your life; that can be transmitted to others”. It is this continuity, through time and trends that is a way for her “to leave a material trace on our planet, maybe …”.
Africa fashion is booming, clothing and fashion designers emerging from these economies are becoming international and developing followers in Europe, Asia and America. It is K’Tsobe’s belief that this trend will continue and that “African fashion has a great future ahead of it”. It is for designers like her to shape the way forward.
“In Rwanda, fashion and design is special” she notes that “it is a few years now that we see the appearance of young and new creators”. Supported by the government and Made In Rwanda initiative; K’Tsobe returned to the country a year and a half ago and see “very interesting opportunities. It allows us to innovate and be a precursor”.
K’Tsobe draws “my influence from nature, in symbols and of the different cultures I have met in my travels. “My Belgian-Rwandan origins are very important to me”.
Accessories from K’Tsobe generally appeal to both women and men of working age who are attracted to the ethnic design of her work. Her collection is unique and is already becoming recognized and an international brand of jewelry.