what we stand for

millecollines seamlessly blends the creativity, strength and culture of the African spirit with ever evolving global fashion trends.
Our attention to detail and passion for telling beautiful stories shines through every product and experience we create.

our universe & stories

CAPE TOWN

Expansion to South Africa

2015 marked our move to Cape Town and the launch of our curio-city collection. This was an important moment in the brand’s history as it introduced us officially in South Africa. We participated in a moving show where we made the intentional decision to only use models of colour, which was unheard of at the time.

Three years later, in 2018,  we opened our 2nd stand-alone store in Cape Town's iconic Watershed at the V&A Waterfront.

NAIROBI

Growth to Kenya

mille collines opened its first flagship store in Nairobi in 2010. Today we still call Nairobi home. Our products are produced between Kenya, Rwanda and South Africa.

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

Born in Rwanda

mille collines was born in Rwanda in the spring of 2009. Rwanda is known as the land of a thousand hills. This magical place was the starting point of our journey where we opened our first atelier and where all of our products were created. This inspired the name of our brand and continues to inspire our designs.

ORIGINS

How it all began

The mille collines journey began in Barcelona, Spain with founders Ines Cuatrecasas and Marc Oliver. Fashion designers by training, the two were eager to engage in something bold, creative and adventurous.

A 2008 trip to Rwanda and an introduction to Antoinette, a local dressmaker ultimately led to Ines and Marc moving to Kigali where they developed their first collection in partnership with Antoinette.

A year later, mille collines was born.

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Journal

The Kichana Wrap

The Kichana Wrap

Here’s a little story about our one-armed wonder, our Kichana wrap. The first question people usually ask when they’re introduced to our Kichana w...

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There are no shortcuts

There are no shortcuts

There are no shortcuts. Perhaps the most recurring question I ever asked myself during the 9 years we have been in business is “how do I know wheth...

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Purely Porcelain

Purely Porcelain

The first time we worked with Purely Porcelain was to create accessories for our Swahili Collection Runway show for Cape Town Fashion Week in 2017,...

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