100% Bajan: The 5th Element Experience

We all know by now that I like shopping. But I also like buying locally-made products. There’s just something about supporting your own that makes that shopping high even better.  Usually the cost can be prohibitive so I tend to opt for jewellery rather than clothing even though I really want to buy Bajan clothes too.

I figured the The 5th Element Experience on Saturday would be a good opportunity to buy both. 5th Element is a ready-to-wear clothing line by Barbadian designer Andrea King. The one-day pop up boutique also included jewellery by Nine One Designs and Azipho’s Creations.

fifth element

5th Element is what I think Caribbean clothing should be: easy and effortless but very chic. There’s lots of colour and gorgeous prints which would stand out in any crowd. There were also some white pieces which would make the perfect canvas for the colourful stand-out accessories  from Azipho’s Creations or the timeless, classy pieces of Nine One Designs.

So what did I buy? One print really caught my eye because of how fresh and different it seemed. Ok, maybe a black and white grabbed my attention too but I went out on a limb and got something different. I assure you, nothing in my wardrobe looks like this.

5th element designs palazzo pants

And since I never pass Azipho’s Creations without getting something, I answered when this ring called my name.

Azipho's creations turquoise ring

It was a great afternoon (with lots of naturalistas in the house).More photos are on my Facebook page so be sure to check them out here.

Natasha Beckles

Natasha Beckles is a freelance copyeditor, writer and content creator. She has over a decade's experience in both traditional and online media. In addition to blogging about fashion and travel, she uses the written word to help brands and individuals tell their unique stories.

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