Air Afrique

Air Afrique
Bottega Veneta partnered with Air Afrique to launch an eponymous magazine, a platform dedicated to Afro-diasporic art and conversation. The magazine, conceived by its collective in Paris, is named after the pan-African airline Air Afrique, co-owned by Senegal, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Niger, Congo, Chad, and operational between 1961-2002. Published in French and English, the magazine aims to revive Air Afrique’s original mission to transmit the cultural and historical diversity of the African continent. It follows the logic of the airline’s in-flight journal Balafon once distributed in its planes.

To mark the launch of the Air Afrique magazine, Creative Director Matthieu Blazy commissioned a series of blankets by Bottega Veneta’s Franco-Sudanese designer Abdel El Tayeb. Drawing on Sudan's history and contemporary identity, El Tayeb’s Afro-futuristic designs are a unique composition of fine wool, silver leather, and shearling from the brand’s archive.

Blankets are available online and on display at the Faubourg St. Honoré store in Paris.
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