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10 World Renowned African Designers

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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!


  1. Intisaar Mukadam (Zimbawe)
Designer label: InstaarM

Designer label: InstaarM

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


  1. Deola Sagoe (Nigeria)
House of Deola

Designer label: House of Deola

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


  1. Akosua Afriye-Kumi (Ghana)

Designer label: A K S

Fashion focus: Handcrafted West African themed accessories

Where to buy AKS: Her accessories can be purchased here


  1. Lanre da-Silva Ajayi (Nigeria)

Designer label: Eponymous

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


  1. Liya Kebede (Ethiopia)

Designer label: LemLem

Fashion focus: Hand woven casual warm weather apparel

Where to shop LemLem:  Net-a-Porter, Shopbop, The Outnet and LemLem’s own site


  1. Clement Mudiaga Enajemo (Nigeria)

Designer label: Mudi Africa

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

  1. 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


  1. 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


  1. 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.


  1. Ohimai Atafo (Nigeria)

man fashion

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.

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