Of west Ivoirian descent, the phenomenon of Ohiri has now matured after taking its time to ripen.
A line of jewellery for men and women, Ohiri is inspired by the Akan culture.
The Akan people comprise one of the largest ethnic groups in West Africa. They are found notably in Ghana and Ivory Coast. According to Akan beliefs, gold is the earthly representation of the divine. The precious metal also occupies a central place in the organisation of their society. Jewellery, for example, is one of the most important elements to the Akans. Whether in solid gold or gold-plate, these people like to adorn themselves in decorative forms that echo their moral values and precepts for living.
Fascinated by this symbolism, AkĂ©bĂ©hi Kpolo decided in August 2011 to re-imagine the codes of Akan jewellery, transforming it into something that was street, contemporary and stylish. She joined forces with ClĂ©ment and HervĂ©, two jewel craftsmen based in Ivory Coast. The result is Ohiri, a jewellery line that is avant garde while maintaining its authentic roots. Each collection allows the young designer to translate something dear to her heart from her cultural heritage into something unique yet accessible.