Founded by the Ghanaian native Akosua Afriyie-Kumi, A A K S creates bags in styles that maintain the spirit and durability of their ancestral counterparts characterized by bright, exuberant colors. Each season A A K S aims to deliver new fabrications and techniques that underscore commitment to quality and craftsmanship with a quintessential natural and eclectic relaxed chic. Made by hand, each bag bears the fingerprints of the person who fashioned it. While constantly experimenting with new materials all of A A K S handbags are made using ecologically harvested raffia from family farmers in Ghana. The use of natural fibers and emphasis on handcraft technique means each bag is unique. A sophisticated dyeing process is formulated inhouse in order to create exclusive seasonal colors. . Since launching in 2014, A A K S has been shortlisted as an emerging designer from Africa by Vogue Italia, featured by Elle Decoration South Africa, Forbes Woman Africa,WGSN, Fashion Revolution and Guardian UK.