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African are making waves all over the world and in every industry. The fashion industry is of course no different. Fashion designers of African descent making a name for themselves and dressing prominent world figures like Michelle Obama and Oprah. Yet, somehow, not many of us back home know about their amazing work.
So in the spirit of supporting our own, here’s list of African doing exploits home and abroad, their quick profile and where you can purchase their clothes. Happy reading!
- Intisaar Mukadam (Zimbawe)
Fashion focus: African chic, Tribal prints and fabrics
Showcased at: African Fashion Week 2011 & 2012, Ford Supermodel of the World Search- Zimbabwe 2011, ‘Sun is Up’ summer fashion show, Passport Boutique launch show and Africa Fashion Week Johannesburg.
She has dressed such celebrities as: Samantha Tshuma (Miss Tourism Zimbabwe 2010), Malaika Mushandu (Miss Zimbabwe 2011) and Thandi Muringa (Miss Earth Zimbabwe 2011).
Where to shop InstaarM: You can buy her products online here
- Deola Sagoe (Nigeria)
Dressed such celebrities as Will Smith, Oprah Winfrey, Rachel Roy
Awards won: Anglo Gold African Design Award 2000
Fashion focus: Haute Couture
Where to shop House of Deola: Plot 292F, Ajose Adeogun Street, Victoria Island, Eti Osa, Lagos, Nigeria
- Akosua Afriye-Kumi (Ghana)
Fashion focus: Handcrafted West African themed accessories
Where to buy AKS: Her accessories can be purchased here
- Lanre da-Silva Ajayi (Nigeria)
Fashion focus: 1940s couture
Dressed such celebrities as: Anna Wintour
Where to shop: You can order online www.lanredasilvaajayi.com/ or visit 1B Lanre Da Silva Close Off Hannat Balogun Dolphin Extension, Ikoyi, Lagos
- Liya Kebede (Ethiopia)
Fashion focus: Hand woven casual warm weather apparel
- Clement Mudiaga Enajemo (Nigeria)
He is the first Nigerian designer to take his designs outside the shores of this country. The Mudi brand is present in several countries including Ghana and Gabon.
Fashion focus: Mens West African Fashion
Where to shop Mudi Africa: You can shop at mudionline.com or visit any of the stores in Lagos (Ikoyi and Anthony), Port Harcourt or Abuja. The Mudi headquatres is located at 1, Mudi Lane, Anthony, Lagos
- Woodin (Ivory Coast)
This 25 year old fast fashion brand represents African style with in a cool and contemporary way with its colourful prints and beautiful fabrics.
The clothes don’t just look good, they do good too. The materials are locally sourced through Cotton Made in Africa, an organisation that aims to improve the livelihood of small scale cotton farmers on the continent.
Where to buy: Woodin has stores all over Africa (particularly West Africa) and many countries in Europe. You can of course purchase their fabrics and clothes online via http://www.woodinfashion.com
- Frank Osodi (Nigeria)
Designer label: House of Bunors
Dress such celebrities as: Agbani Darego, the first and only Miss World of African descent, during her Miss World Pageant 2001
Fashion focus: Bridal couture and Street style
In 2011, he launched a line of jersey dressed while celebrating 20 years in the fashion industry at Wheat Baker Hotel Ikoyi.
Where to shop House of Bunors: 52/54, Adelabu Road, Surulere, Lagos
- Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu (Ethiopia)
Designer label: Sole Rebels
Fashion focus: Tradition inspired footwear.
Sole Rebels is not just a fashion line, but also a source of inspiration to the local Zenabwork community of Zimbabwe. It’s created jobs and makes use of locally sourced, organic materials.
Where to buy: Sole Rebels footwear can be purchase online via their website.
- Ohimai Atafo (Nigeria)
Designer label: Mai Atafo
Fashion focus: Bespoke corporate wears, Bridal couture
Dress such celebrities as: Banky W, Omawumi
Awards won: Mode Men Fashion Designer of the Year, Hottest New Male Designer 2009
Where you can shop Mai Atafo: Plot 95 Block 7, Omorinre Johnson Street, Lekki Phase I, Eti Osa, Lagos.