Fashion Designers with African roots...
Betty Suakoko aka Charlene Dunbar, Liberian born Atlanta-based designer skilled in West African wax and resist-dye prints into dresses, jumpsuits, skirts, and accessories. For details visit www.suakokobetty.com
Dumebi Iyamah, Nigerian designer known for bold, bright swimsuits with body-flattering cut-outs. For detail visit www.andreaiyamah.com.
Mariatu Turay is a Sierra Leonean fashion designer and owner of Gitas Portal based in United Kingdom. Her brand focuses on women to stand out, be bold and win in all areas of their lives. She makes dresses, skirts, and even ankara-detailed coats. For details visit www.gitasportal.com.
Kahindo Mateene is a Congolese fashion designer based in New York city. She was a contestant on season 2 of "Project Runway,” and her styles were showcased both on Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. For details visit www.kahindo.com.
Zeena Kay’s fashion brand is Znak Canada. She’s a Cameroonian-British, based in Canada. Her Award wining designs are mainly Afro-Western style with authentic African prints and fashion designs for Bridal, Children, Men and Women's wear. For details visit: www.znakdesigns.com
Jamil Waljil is a Kenyan designer, who’s collection marries modern structure with feminine fluidity, integrating panelled tailoring into the construction of each garment. He is Owner & lead Fashion designer at JW. For detail visit www.kisua.com
Danielle and Chantelle Dwomoh-Piper are Models, bloggers and Designers based in New York. They were Born to a Caribbean mom and an African father. They were born in New York but raised in Ghana and later came back to the United States to pursue their dreams. The DPiperTwins embrace their roots and display it in every collection through a bold and vibrant combination of colorful African print designs.
Sole Rebels: Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu’s footwear company Sole Rebels started out with a desire to not only inspire her community in Zenabwork, Ethiopia, but to create jobs and opportunities that would both strengthen the local economy and allow community members to tap into their creativity. Inspired by the traditional Ethiopian “selate” and “barabasso” shoes (with car tire soles), the brand uses locally sourced, recycled, organic and bio-based materials and low-impact production to create conte