Fab Five Fashion Faves: DC’s Africa Connection
African-inspired prints, bold colors, and statement jewelry will be everywhere this fall, and we want you to be properly equipped to partake in the trend! Here are five noteworthy fashion figures from the Washington DC area with ingenuity, impeccable taste, and ties to Africa that inspire their work.
Brand: Studio D Maxsi
This cutting edge fashion house features clothing for the “chic, bold, and funky modern woman.” Designer Afua Sam comes from humble beginnings in Ghana, where she experienced the vibrant culture of the West African country that continues to inspire her designs.
Shop Studio D Maxsi fashions at: http://www.studiodmaxsi.com/
Brand: Côté Minou
Established in 2006, clothing brand Côté Minou is on a mission to help Afrocentric fashion achieve wider global recognition. The brand’s Innovators-in-Chief are Maryanne Mokoko and Stephanie Mouapi, longtime friends who grew up together in Cameroon. ”We are inspired by…texture, pattern, diversity, rhythm, nature…many of which have roots in the continent.”
Côté Minou operates from its Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Côté-Minou/48032634068
Brand: Lola Ro Jewelry
Designer Lola Ro hails from Nigeria, where “jewelry is not only regarded as an accessory but as a lifestyle.” Her brand specializes in one of a kind pieces inspired by the gemstones of her birthplace.
Browse her statement pieces on her website: http://www.lolarojewelry.com/?page_id=2
Brand: Editalo Designs
Olatide (Tide) Adeniyi is DC native orginally from Lagos Nigeria who launched ready-to-wear and custom gown line Editalo Designs in 2009. According to her website, Editalo’s collection “pays tribute to the designer’s heritage.” The brand is rapidly growing and was recently featured on the front page of the Style Section of The Washington Post.
Learn more about Editalo Designs: http://www.editalodesigns.com/
Brand: Koshie O
This fashion brand incorporates traditional African elements with modern designs for people from ‘all walks of life,’ a philosophy compatible with designer Nina Baksmaty‘s Ghanian heritage. She grew up around Ghanian dressmakers, and fell in love with clothing and designing at a young age. She currently has design collaborations in the work with Grammy winning singers Mya & Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child and ANTM Season 3 Winner Eva Marcille.
You can shop Koshie O designs at: http://www.koshieo.com/
If you know of other DC based African designers that should be on our radar – apparel, accessories, menswear and more – let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org!