This month, Fashion Week events will be taking place in New York, Paris, London and Milan. Now more than ever, you can expect the presence of dope African Fashion brands or designs influenced by African culture.
Here are just a few established and up and coming fashion brands on the Continent that you should get into:
African Fashion Brands
MONAA (Ghana) is a luxury footwear label that pays homage to the founders regal Ashanti heritage.
Galago (South Africa) sources beautiful leathers and vibrant fabrics and allows you to combine them to make your own bespoke sandal.
Uzuri K&Y Designs (Rwanda) is a shoe and bag brand based in the country of a thousand hills.
ENZI (Ethiopia) is a footwear brand committed to the highest levels of quality in production, design and materials while maintaining a commitment to social and environmental responsibility.
Hesey Designs (Nigeria) is a fashion brand that specializes in the designing and production of handcrafted bags, shoes, fashion accessories, corporate gift items with African, continental and a variety of materials.
MaXhosa Knitwear (South Africa) celebrates the rich heritage of the Xhosa culture through providing traditional clothing for Xhosa initiation rituals.
Lukhanyo Mdingi (South Africa)aims to show a sense of cross cultural influences of traditional designs; reflecting on a contemporary outlook of African aesthetics and heritage.
Lanre da Silva Ajayi Couture (Nigeria) creates clothing for the woman who is naturally classy but doesn’t shy away from her sensual side.
Loza Maléombho (Côte d’Ivoire) is a fusion between traditional cultures/ sub-cultures and contemporary fashion.
Taibo Bacar (Mozambique) is a burst of wholesome energy for all women who identify themselves with eclectic style where the silhouette plays a central role.
Christie Brown (Ghana) is a women’s apparel and accessories line with pieces ranging from bespoke gowns, practical yet statement pieces to innovative accessories all inspired by the African culture and art.
JZO (Nigeria) is a menswear brand with a distinct taste for style and details for the simple and Elegant man.
Thula Sindi (South Africa) is a clothing brand that cuts across the vast discrepancy that exists between unrealistic high-end designer haute couture, and everyday retail chain/bargain bin clothing.
-Tony O. Lawson