14 African Designers To Watch Out For! Photos

14 African Designers To Watch Out For! Photos 14 African Designers To Watch Out For! Photos

Gone are the days when all the fashion world wanted from Africa were its textiles

African designers are taking the world stage by storm, making a name for themselves with their innovative creations.

Here are 14 of those designers from across the continent to watch out for....

NANA BRENU, GHANA

Nana is the brain behind the brand, 1981, which was conceived in his quest for equilibrium between two highly contrasting genres of style. The first being his Ghanaian heritage characterised by vibrant colours and bold prints in contrast to his modern minimalistic design sensibilities that is highly influenced by modern art, design and architecture.

ALICE HEUSSER & OLIVIA KENNAWAY, SOUTH AFRICA & KENYA

Alice and Olivia met at fashion school in Cape Town and since launched the Lalesso label which emphasises traditional East African craftsmanship and textiles, producing a luxury African fashion and lifestyle brand which oozes effortless “beach” chic. The business model is transparent, sustainable, and relies on ethical production facilities in Kenya and South Africa.

ADEBAYO OKE-LAWAL, NIGERIA 

Adebayo Oke-Lawal describes Orange Culture as a “movement” more than a clothing line. The brand has been a finalist for huge designs platforms like the Louis Vuitton and Moet Hennessey prize – where he was picked alongside 29 other emerging designers from all over the world out of 1221. 

Here the Orange Culture designer Adebayo Oke-Lawal (R) and a model wearing his designs. 

AOBAKWE MOLOSIWA, BOTSWANA 

Aobakwe studied fashion at Linea Academy, a fashion school in Durban, South Africa. His first big break came a few months after his graduation when he was given the opportunity to showcase a full collection at Gaborone Fashion Weekend. He was also a nominee of the “St. Louis Export Top 40 Under 40” 2013 list of movers and shakers in Botswana. Today, he is the creative mind behind the brand “Gilded Sands”.

CHRISTINE MHANDO, TANZANIA

Tanzanian-born designer Mhando is a master at using traditional kanga fabric in versatile ways. Having studied fashion in the UK, she focuses on blending African elements into edgy Western wear.

 
CHU SUWANNAHPHA, SOUTH AFRICA 
Chu fashion at ESMOD Paris and is also a Contributing Fashion Editor for Oprah Magazine and has styled campaigns from Levi’s, Woolworth, GQ to Men’s Health. He has just launched his label, CHULAAP.
 

NDEY FATOU CEESAY, GAMBIA

Following in the footsteps of her designer mother, NdeyFatou started NOIR in 2014, a clothing line turned boutique, which boasts a highly appealing mixture of bohemian chic with west african inspired detailing. Her debut collection went on to also hit the runway at the Gambian Fashion Weekend later that year. This unique blend of African and contemporary designs has commanded quite a following. 

DEEVA VAN DER MERWE, SOUTH AFRICA
 
Deeva graduated from FEDISA with a BA in Fashion Design and Business Management, attaining awards for her technical ability and creativity. Following her graduation Deeva completed an internship at the Tom Ford studio in London. Her “Merwe Mode” brand produces classic, clean cut androgynous looks with unique detailing from the use of original acid prints to quirky tailoring flair.
 
GLORIA WAVAMUNNO, UGANDA 
 
One of Uganda’s most prominent designers to watch, WavaMunno graduated from Art school, 2008. A year later, in January 2009, she founded her own label, GloRia WavaMunno and created her first collection, L.O.V.E
 
 
KATUNGULU MWENDWA, KENYA

Katungulu joined the world of fashion when she participated in Catwalk Kenya, a television fashion completion, in which she emerged first. She joined the University of the Creative Arts in Kent UK and returned to her home in Kenya where she started a line by her name - It is a Made in Kenya brand, designing for a woman who wants modern, functional, considered design. 
 
KIBONEN NFI, CAMEROON
 
A nominee of the was nominated for Africa Fashion International's Emerging Designer award in 2013, Kibonen Nfi is the brain behind one of Africa’s most original emerging fashion labels, KibonenNY. She is known for her contemporary, sporty looks and silhouettes.
 
 
RICH MNISI, SOUTH AFRICA 

Rich Mnisi has a fashion design and business management degree from Leaders in the Science of Fashion (LISOF) and now designs fashion for his brand - OATH. 
 
 
SOPHIE NZINGA, SENEGAL

Sophie Nzinga Sy launched her fashion brand, Sophie Zinga, while attending Parsons design school in New York. In 2013 she moved to Dakar and set up her production team and went on to launch a 1200 square feet concept store. Sophie’s designs have an “Afropolitan” touch.
 
 

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