JAPAN VOGUE


 

 

 


 


VOGUE.COM. 2010


 

 


ETHICAL FASHION

The ethical and sustainable fashion labels to know. Click here.
Our pick of Ethical and Sustrainable buys. Click here.

 


HEAT. November 2010


 

 


BLACK BEAUTY. August / September 2010


 

 


FASHION NEWS

Walk the beat of an exciting fashion drum with these tribal inspired clothes and accessories.

 


GRAZIA. July 2010


 

 


LOOK. July 2010


 

 


HOT LABEL ALERT: SIKA

Inspired by and produced in Ghana, Sika (www.sikadesigns.co.uk) create pieces that are effortlessly summery and gorgeous. Made from handmade local fabrics, the prints lend themselves perfectly to the girlie shapes. We love!

 


BLACKHAIR. June / July 2010


 

 

 


 
OUT OF AFRICA
Check out the hottest African-influenced designers around right now!

Sika

Phyllis Taylor set up Sika in 2006, after completing a dress-making and pattern cutting course at the London College of Fashion. Incorporating Ghanaian fabrics, colours and patterns with very Western design, Taylor has created a feminine, stylish approach to ethical design. With the cutest tea dresses and statement jumpsuits around, Sika works from the desk to the dancefloor. Sika is sold at Cherry Picked Boutique in Greenwich Market which Phyllis Taylor also owns.
 


GUARDIAN.CO.UK. June 2010


 

 


The fashion line up. Ethical Style.

Host, Lucy Siegle, wears Sika dress at the Observer Ethical Awards 2010 Ceremony. Click here.

 


CLOSER. June 2010


 

 


EASY LIVING. June 2010


 

 


GHANAIAN STYLE

Phyllis Taylor, owner of fashion label Sika (sikadesigns.co.uk) loves the style of her African homeland

 


RECOGNISE. May / June 2010


 

 


THE GUIDE. April 2010


 

5 for gifts from Greenwich Market.
5 gifty things for that special occasion.

5) Butterfly Shirt Dress by Sika.

 


GRAZIA. April 2010


 

 


STYLE SUDOKU

Read across, down or take the four items in each corner to create 12 chic outfits!

 

NEW YORK METRO. March 2010


 

 

 


MOSCOW METRO. March 2010


 

 

 


SAINSBURYS MAGAZINE. March 2010


 

 


DAILY MIRROR. 29th March 2010


 

 


LOOK. February 2010


 

 


THE GUIDE. January 2010


 

 


OUT OF AFRICA

Phyllis Taylor's fashion label Sika is inspired by the rich culture of Ghana. She carefully selects fabrics in local Ghanaian markets that have been handmade using natural methods to create exclusive limited prints. Incorporating tie-dye, batiks and wax prints, the garments are produced in Ghana by highly skilled seamstresses.

Sika is based in Greenwich and available at Cherry Picked, 5a Greenwich Market SE10 2HZ; 020 8858 8158

 


TIME OUT LONDON. August 2009


 

 


GREEN SPOT

Even those with the greenest of outlooks might find it hard to believe that Sika dresses come from Ghanaian producers via a boutique in Greenwich market, rather than a New York catwalk.

Detailing like colossal statement bows and directional ruffles make for glaorous cocktail dresses with showstopping looks as well as squeaky clean ethical origins.

While the designs are the work of LCF graduate Phyllis Taylor, the fabrics and pieces themselves are hand-made by well paid seamstresses in Ghana and profits go directly to their local communities.

But, if we're honest, she had us at 'colossal statement bow'.

 


OBSERVER MAGAZINE. June 2009


 

 

 


LIFE & STYLE

What shall I wear to the ball?

Daisy Lowe shows off the chicest of eco evening wear, from a gown made out of old trousers to a recycled 1950s parachute silk dress

 


VENUE. May / June 2009


 

 


EASY LIVING. March 2009


 

 


 


OUT OF AFRICA

We've completely fallen in love with the spring/summer collection by Sika, which draws upon the culture, colours and landscape of Ghana, West Africa, for inspiration. The bold prints and colours are show-stopping, and their brightness will lift that dour February mood.

 


SPIRIT & DESTINY. February 2009


 

 


LABELLED WITH LOVE

Date or no date, make way for romance this February with looks that hug your best bits.

 


ARISE. ISSUE ONE. 2009


 

 


HEAD TURNERS

Lond based designer Phyllis Taylor called her Autumn / Winter 2008/09 collection Spellbound, a fitting name for the bewitching African print dresses her Sika line is becoming known for.

"When I first started wearing my pieces people would stop me in the street", says Taylor who launched the label three years ago. "It's great to get the same feedback from my customers".

The effect of Sika is two-fold - the rare bold prints Taylor hunts down in Ghana, a place she first visited as a wide eyed toddler on summer trips. And the tailoring - from feminine wasp-waisted silhouettes to flirty tulip minis.

The line is named after Taylor's mum. "Her nickname is Sika, it means money in Twi", she says. "She was the first of her family to leave Ghana and would send money home to help put them through school."

With a cosy new shop in Greenwich, London, filled with Sika clothes and accessories, she might just be building a treasure chest of her own.

 


PRIDE. December 2008


 

 


THE PENINSULA. 8th October 2008


 

 


FROM THE FORESTS OF WEST AFRICA

The captivating beauty of Ghana's forest landscape inspires Sika's autumn / winter collection.

Key colours green, gold, ochre and russet, reflecting this West African country's diverse landscape, shine through on printed coats, tailored trousers and batik printed full skirts.

Fitted knee-length skirts, empire line and wrap dresses, and puff sleeved tops and dresses showcase the collection's tropical and botanical themes.

The stylish and feminine set is designed by 29-year old London based designer Phyllis Taylor and is produced in Ghana, with each fabric being sourced from local markets and hand-dyed using traditional methods including wax print and tie-dye.

Sika is a member of the Ethical Fashion Forum, which aims to reduce poverty and create sustainable livelihoods by generating a regular income for those involved in the design.

 


GLAMOUR.COM. September 2008


 

 


SIKA and you shall find.
We can't get enough of Sika's gorgeous Ghanaian colours and prints

Once in a while you come across a label that really stands out from the clothes rail, so to speak, for both its style and substance. Sika has been quietly attracting a cult following amongst ethically-minded fashionistas and celebs including Jamelia and Louise Redknapp for some time now. The label's founder, Phyllis Taylor, uses vintage fabrics sourced from Ghanaian markets to make her fabulous creations. Think full-skirted dresses in vibrant shades of emerald green and peacock blue, with bold, graphic floral prints, and quirky skirts and shirts with a retro twist. All pieces are hand-made by local seamstresses in Ghana using traditional techniques such as tie-dye and batik and the income received from their sale goes back into the local community.

Not content with making the coolest frocks on the block, Sika have also joined forces with Soul of Africa to design sandals which are hand-made in Ghana from the same distinctive printed fabric as the clothing. The two styles are named Aya and Asaba (which mean 'not afraid' and 'to come back again' in the traditional Ghanaian dialect Twi).

All manufacturing profit goes directly to the upkeep and schooling of young orphans who have lost their parents to AIDS. .

Eco-chic never looked so good.

To view the article click here.

 


THE MAIL. WEEKEND. 2nd August 2008


 

 


The Wish List. Our pick of the week's most desirable things - and they could all be yours.

Sika's African print shirt dress has been a bestseller this summer and it's easy to see why.

 


YOU MAGAZINE. 13th July 2008


 

 


LONDON LITE. 7th July 2008


 

 


PRIDE. June 2008


 

 


MARIE CLAIRE. June 2008


 

 


10 Best Fair Fashion

With big names such as Stella McCartney and Katharine Hamnett, hot boutique labels Annie Greenabelle and Sika Designs, and well-known favourites like People Tree, ethical fashion is where it's at. The choice is now so great, and the styles produced (from skinny jeans and prom dresses to perfect tees and killer heels) so on-trend, there has never been a better time to align your sartorial and ethical stances.

 


THE DOCKLANDS. 11th June 2008


 

 


Spellbinding vintage look of West Africa.
The rich and diverse culture of Ghana in West Africa is the inspiration behind Sika's spring/summer collection, Spellbound.

Mixing vintage West African textiles with contemporary designs, Greenwich-based designer Phyllis Taylor has created a wearable, feminine and unique range of clothes.

The Spellbound collection includes Batik printed full-skirts, tie-dye asymmetric dresses, printed shirt dresses, wide-legged denim trousers, backless maxi-dresses, empire-line dresses, playsuits and wrap tops.

Key colours are emerald and turquoise mirroring the natural elements of the West African landscape.

All Sika collections are produced in Ghana, and each fabric is sourced from local markets and hand-made using age old methods such as wax prints, tie-dye and batiks.

 


LOOK. 19th May 2008


 

 


The Stylista's Green Guide.

No hemp smocks or hand-knitted pullovers here, just eco-chic 'It' buys - green but totally gorgeous. Who knew?

1. Sika's Hot Frocks
Locally produced fabrics, handcrafted in Ghana - Sika's new line of prom frocks and playsuits are to die for, proving eco-chic really has gone glam.

 


TIME OUT LONDON. AFRICAN LONDON SUPPLEMENT.
15th-21st May 2008


 

 


L'Afrique, c'est chic.

African style hits London's streets.

Sika Designs, run by Phyllis Taylor, is the matriarch of the Afri-print fashion scene. It carries a line of high-end frocks and has an impressive client list that includes Jamelia, Angie Le Mar and Louise Redknapp. All the fabric is sourced from Ghanaian markets and made in Ghana by local seamstresses.

Sika's customer base stretches way beyond London's African community to women of all ethnicities and ages. Their customers are united, says Taylor, by a 'love of print', as well as a 'wear it and be damned' attitude.

'Londoners mix things up', she says. 'You can wear what you want and no one will stare, so people feel comfortable to be themselves and not conform. That's why African print clothes have been embraced so quickly. They're beautiful and different, and that's what fashion-conscious Londoners want.'

 


TIME OUT LONDON. 15th-21st May 2008


 

 


Season in the sun.

Western designers are often timid when it comes to colour and prints - but this season we're falling in love with African style.

 


SUNDAY TIMES STYLE MAGAZINE. 11th May 2008


 

 


GRAZIA. 7th April 2008


 

 


My Lust List.

We are crazy for this new label produced in Sika designer Phyllis Taylor's native Ghana. The 'Spellbound' shirtdress is top of our wish list.

 


LONDON LITE. 7th April 2008


 

 


Tribal prints rule in the urban jungle for summer.

..What has got us yet more excited is the new collection by Ghanaian Phyllis Taylor 's label, Sika. She sources fabrics from markets in Ghana and gives back to the community by making sure all of the production takes place locally. The results are not just wearable but desirable, too. Shirt dresses - in aqua tones, full skirted, with sculptural puff shoulders and cinched or bow waists - worship the female form, while classic capes come in terracotta-toned prints and a pencil skirt is paired with a forties style blouse printed with leaves and blooms..

 


DARE. March 2008


 

 


PRIDE. December 2007


 

 


Christmas Gift Guide

Sika Shirt Dress.
These beautifully made African-print dresses will never date and look great day and night.

 


FADER. September 2007


 

 


EXPRESS (Washington Post). 14th September 2007


 

 


Styles

Runway Africa, at the French Embassy features a fashion show of styles by rising African designers like Sika.

 


BLACK BEAUTY AND HEALTH. June / July 2007


 

 


Well adorned.
Natural hairstyles and great accessories make excellent bed fellows. Irene Shelly checked out the hot new stars at the Adornment Show.

Get Shirty.
This lovely shirt dress in a Ghanaian print is the creation of Phyllis Taylor of Sika Designs. Shirt dresses are big news this summer and this one is cute! Sika works closely with local traders using traditional fabrics such as tie and dye, batiks and wax prints and produces and clothes in Ghana .

 


TRACE. May 2007


 

 


Culture Club.
When it comes to culture, London 's bubbling pot of transculturals are mashing it up and doing it their way.

 


MORE. 12th March 2007


 

 


GRAZIA. 22nd January 2007


 

 


This week's most wanted.

Unique handmade prints (picked up in African markets) plus contemporary 1950s shape equal a serious style statement. Check out Sika, the newest cool contender in London 's style arena. The queue for this curvaceous number is already forming, so log on asap for more Goldcoast and Wonderland collections.

 


ZEBA MAGAZINE. September 2006


  Introducing SIKA.
London's hottest new designer.

Designer Phyllis Taylor is behind the contemporary women's clothing label SIKA. SIKA's current collection is called "Goldcoast" and consists of baby doll dresses, tops, wrap dresses, cropped trousers and capes in unique and quirky prints.

In February, SIKA was named one of the top five London labels to look out for in 2006 by Draper's Women's Wear.
 


PRIDE MAGAZINE. September 2006


 
 


DITCHED 5 MAGAZINE. 2006


 
 


HAPPY MAGAZINE. June 2006


 
 


PRIDE MAGAZINE. May 2006


  "My favourite dress this season is Sika's printed shirtdress. It is a beautiful adaptation of this season's key look"

Didi Danso
Fashion writer for the Daily Mirror
 


PRIDE MAGAZINE. April 2006