HOW WAS MILLE COLLINES BORN?
The mille collines journey began in Barcelona, Spain with 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 Marc and Ines moving to Kigali where they developed their first collection in partnership with Antoinette. A year later, mille collines was born and soon grew into full-fledged fashion Atelier. Today, it is fully owned and operated by the Kigali team that helped build mille collines. In partnership with the Atelier and with a renewed focus on design and retail the mille collines ethos remains unchanged-- blending the creativity, strength and culture of the African spirit with ever evolving global trends. The brand’s attention to detail and passion for telling beautiful stories will continue to shine through every mille collines product.
WHAT IS MILLE COLLINES ABOUT?
mille collines is about representing you. A woman who belongs to Africa. Who lives in a cosmopolitan and culturally diverse city. A woman who travels and always discovers. You have an affinity for fine details. You are a woman of success who stands out in crowds. You are driven by a passion to defend what you believe in and what you stand for. Posterity’s muse and inspiration, mille collines creates for you and wants to walk with you on your journey. We are passionate about designing the best clothes that speak to the woman you are.
With our collections we celebrate the woman of Africa. The woman who juggles work and family, and who has a passion for her community and uses her strength for change. Tailored suits, refined silhouettes, 3D beading and elegant evening wear reflect her many sides.
She is a mother, an entrepreneur, an individual. She's alive with bursts of print and colour and grounded in the muted tones of Africa’s landscape.
Like her, the designs have many layers. Traditional craftsmanship combines with unexpected materials – sunglasses are made from cow's horn and wood – as African resourcefulness puts its stamp on fashion. It's her saying, “This is me.”