Bloomingdale's Launches a Luxe Pop-Up Shop Inspired by The Lion King

Curated by Florence Kasumba (aka Shenzi the hyena), Bloomingdale's pop-up shop, Style Kingdom, brings together an array of African artistry across brands that empower communities with items sourced from the African continent.

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July 16, 2019

Twenty-five years after the release of the original animated film, Disney is reaching a whole new generation through their new live-action remake of The Lion King. With A-list stars like Beyonce, Donald Glover and Seth Rogen voicing the beloved film's characters, kids and adults alike have been counting down the days until the July 18th premiere. And even your favorite stores are getting in on the anniversary remake.

Now through September 2, Bloomingdale's is featuring a pop-up shop inspired by the classic film. Style Kingdom is the latest rendition of The Carousel at Bloomingdale's, a rotating pop-up shop driven by culturally relevant themes and merchandise hand-selected by guest curators. This time around, Florence Kasumba (the voice of Shenzi the hyena) serves as the guest curator. Kasumba tapped into her knowledge of the film and her love of African fashion to identify items that capture the spirit of the savanna. The shop features items sourced from multiple regions of the African continent as well as products featuring iconic characters and themes from the film.

We love this bag by AAKS, which is handmade by Ghanaian female weavers working with sustainably harvested raffia and other natural materials.

Photo by: Bloomingdale's

Bloomingdale's

We love this bag by AAKS, which is handmade by Ghanaian female weavers working with sustainably harvested raffia and other natural materials.

Style Kingdom celebrates not only the excitement and nostalgia of The Lion King but also shines a light on the incredible designers coming out of Africa. Fashion is front and center in Style Kingdom, which features a mix of brands including Maxhosa and AAKS, African luxury brands that shape cultural concepts through a modern perspective. Others, like Lem Lem and Studio 189, aim to empower African communities economically by working with African artisans that specialize in traditional craftsmanship. Kasumba's love and support of African fashion helped source and curate an assortment of items that pay tribute to the regions that inspired the film. You'll find raffia bags and hats, baby swaddles and even sustainable coffee and animal-themed pillows. Shop the entire Style Kingdom collection now!

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