FASHION

BOHTEN’S RECYCLED CONSCIOUS EYEWEAR

April 5, 2015

“Bôhten is a part of the vast movement of African-inspired brands that are changing the “branding” of the beautiful and culturally rich continent of Africa.”

I just returned to Toronto from Montreal (and have actually, previously lived there most of my life), let me tell you, the winters are cold – I know this first hand. Never would I imagine that a brand created and inspired by its founder’s warm and earthy African roots, was dreamt and launched from Quebec. But there is always a first for everything, and this story is definitely sure to inspire.

Bôhten was founded by Nana Boateng Osei, who’s dream was to use reclaimed materials from Africa to manufacture an eco-luxury eyewear brand. It was on the mountainous region of Kwahu (highest habitable place in Ghana), that his story began, as Osei’s late grandfather Andrew Hanson Osei, was Ghana’s first land surveyor in the 60s. Nana still takes so much inspiration from his grandfather for his design’s, but also from his Ghanaian roots and absolute love of nature.

As soon as when you see an item from the Bôhten collection, you will notice the African inspiration in design and proportion, but the most beautiful part of all, is the use of raw natural materials – such a wood! The brand starts off the creation process by sourcing reclaimed wood from the heart of West Africa. Then, the lightweight eyeglasses are designed in Canada and handcrafted in a zero-waste facility in Montreal.  Bôhten’s curent mission is to develop a compost management initiative that reuses environmental reclaimed materials (barley, wheat, straw, stone) to continue its journey into sustainable fashion.

Bôhten is also a part of the vast movement of African-inspired brands that are changing the “branding” of the beautiful and culturally rich continent of Africa. Bringing fashion, design and art to the forefront of our minds when we think of Africa, is quite inspiring – and  Bôhten is a part of this vast evolution.  www.bohten.com

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