Asiyami Gold is a Nigerian fashion brand based in Atlanta; Asiyami Gold offers a singular view on exploration and beauty. Blending a passion for design, photography, and travel, the brand leaves each individual smitten by its vulnerability and execution. Gold, the brand's founder and creative mastermind, is not only dedicated to the encouragement of forward thinking and advancement, but is also committed to freedom and individual expression.
Africa Fashion Week London is the biggest event in Europe with a focus on African and African inspired fashions. AFWL aims to encourage and support up-and-coming designers, models and fashion professionals and Face of AFWL is the flagship competition, awarding the winner with the chance to work with and learn from industry professionals at this high-profile event.
Its always exciting to discover new designers and talents, it gives me such a rush :).
Here is STREETCHIEF a culturally inspired brand which revolves around mixing elements of African art and culture with contemporary street-wear. The use of African elements in the garments serve as visual representation of history, culture, and philosophy.
The brand is an extension of inspiration for street youth to pursue their talents and passions while discovering their inner chiefs, prestige, and royalty. STREETCHIEF is Hip Hop, Art, Music, Poetry, Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas, Asia, more. It is a brand for ALL.
Lalesso is an African luxury fashion & lifestyle brand run by co-creators Alice Heusser and Olivia Kennaway
Lalesso also uses the creative talent of Kenyan artisans in many aspects of the designs, incorporating various design initiatives and supporting them in doing so. Includes beaded bracelets on the swing tags, hand carved coconut buttons, masai beading, brass work among others.
Mente de Moda is a great avenue to take your first step out of many in making your brand a household name.
The August edition of this lifestyle festival is set to hold on Sunday 3rd of August 2014 at Maddox, 82 Adetokunbo Ademola street Victoria Island, Lagos featuring all the usual deals, steals, fab fashion accessories, menswear, womenswear, live paintings, spoken word sets and more.
The July edition covers all the ins and outs on 'how to look good this summer' , the 5 key fashion trends for summer, the African events happening all summer, the African models in the news and we get the best style tips from the experts. It also has interviews with industry professionals Mario Epanya of Mario Epanya Photography, Mozambican designer Taibo Bacar, and South African singer Nandi Mngoma.
Oisetohanmen “Omon” Isinugben emerged as the first winner of the Multi-choice Nigeria Fashion Protege Competition. Omon is the Creative Director of Abuja-based fashion label Belois Couture. Belois Couture launched in 2012 and offers elegant, original,youthful yet timeless pieces. The new collection is called “Átómu“.
“Átómu” is an Ishan word that means ‘growth/beginning’, the designer has described the collection as a representation of her “exponential growth” during the show.
Inzuki Designs is a Rwandan brand launched in 20111 by jewellery designer Teta Isibo; Initially starting with designing earrings, her hobby soon turned into a fully-blown business selling handmade jewelry, accessories and interior décor. Inzuki Designs fuses traditional craftsmanship with contemporary bold designs.
CLAN is a Nigerian Fashion label owned by sisters, Teni, Aba and Tiwa Sagoe, daughters to Deola Sagoe, launched in 2011.
The Label is certainly made a mark on the Nigerian fashion Industry as well as across Africa and gradually easing into the international markets. This Collection is another home run for the sisters who have over the years designed sophisticated and wearable pieces for women. I personally love this 'Classic' collection because of the vintage touch each design exudes. You're going to love it!
Design for Love [DFL] is a Nigerian fashion & accessories brand that began in 2004, and owned by Wunmi Olufeko. The DFL woman is an understated beauty, who does not need to try too hard to grab attention.
DFL specializes in bespoke and made to measure female garments and leather bags & belts.
Òkun is a pioneering and premium Africa-inspired men's designer swimwear brand whose ambition is to revitalize beachwear around the globe with vibrant prints and colours in contemporary African style.
Meaning 'the ocean' in Yoruba, Òkun was launched in 2012 by IT-nerd turned creative director Bola Marquis who left the corporate world with a dream of building a positive and lasting contemporary African expression in international fashion.
Launching his second ever art show and pop-up boutique, this time titled “Duro Olowu: More Material,” the Jamaican-Nigerian designer – known for his careful tailoring and beautiful use of print – fuses fashion, photography, film and art with an all female theme. The result is an unmissable follow up to his first installation – a visual treat for Olowu’s New York-based audience.
Two years in the making and opened on June 25th at Salon 94 on the Bowery, NY, the pop up, Mr Olowu explained, was curated to; “…show female rebellion in an elegant and less confrontational way.”
Check out more photos from the art show and pop-up boutique after the jump.