guest blogger: Yi Yi 'Grand Opening of Papple Trees'

At around 2pm on Sunday, two hours before the opening of the store, it started raining. Sarah and I looked at each other in dread. Despite how much we both love rain, this sentiment was not shared by many others and we were worried that it would deter people from leaving their homes to come by the store. [Rain rain go away, come again another day!] Thankfully by 3pm the rain had cleared up.

When we arrived at the store, Sarah and I were flabbergasted at how different the store looked compared to Thursday. Granted, when we had last seen the store, Claire was still figuring out how to set up the store and the items that would be for sale, however that did not prepare us for the creative way in which she had set up the space!

Showing the AAD collection of shirts to some of AAD's avid supporters

Showing the AAD collection of shirts to some of AAD's avid supporters

I fell in love with all the designs that were in the store - from the hats and bags down to the bath slippers and every piece of jewellery. If only my wallet was a little heavier…Everything looked beautifully handmade (as they were) and it was so exciting to be able to meet the different artists and designers that contributed to the store with their work.

Sarah showing a rad combination with an AAD tank top and a Claire Tendo skirt.

Sarah showing a rad combination with an AAD tank top and a Claire Tendo skirt.

Finally, FINALLY, it was so exhilarating to see shirts with AAD labels on the racks!

Two shirt designs are now available in-store in cyan blue and black!

Two shirt designs are now available in-store in cyan blue and black!

A massive congratulations (or as the Ugandans say it, ‘congs’) to Claire for the opening of her store and for having already made her first sales!

Patience and Claire in Papple Trees

Patience and Claire in Papple Trees

What a way to celebrate my first week in Kampala! I can't believe that I have already been here for a week - time has really flown by - and yet still feel like there's so much for me to learn about AAD, Kampala and Uganda. Having said that, this past week has been an incredible eye-opener to this beautiful, yet unfamiliar (so far), country.

Sarah and I, ie. Boss Lady and Intern

Sarah and I, ie. Boss Lady and Intern

Toodles!

Yi Yi