Africa Fashion Week London (AFWL) is known for its collaborations of catwalk and exhibitions, which highlights the industry’s established and emerging African designers.
AFWL is the forefront of capturing the surge of the African inspired trends in the fashion industry. Their annual event aims to celebrate the work of African and African inspired designers in the UK and worldwide.
Below we’ve briefly profiled some of the confirmed designers and exhibitors for AFWL 2015.
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Farida’s Atelier was founded by Farida Musa Halliru an award winning Emerging African fashion designer from Nigeria. She specializes in women’s bespoke clothing and ready to wear. Her designs are a blend of African prints in European contemporary style. Her inspiration comes from almost anything that catches her eye from Prints, Pictures, accessory objects, Patterns, and even a woman’s Silhouette. Her flair for fashion motivates her and pushes her to be unique and true to herself. When designing Farida puts the modern African woman in mind and creates flattering feminine designs that would accentuate the real woman’s body. Her technical knowledge of proper cloth fitting and design armed with her creativeness enables her design clothes that reflect the modern day African woman.
Grazee stitches is a clothing line known for its simple but sophisticated and stylish designs for men, women and children. We encourage the use of African inspired designs for people of class.
Designers at Grazee stitches are top of the range, having gone through formal fashion training.
The focus of the fashion house currently is to make stylish designs with African/Western touch and achieve global appeal. These outfits include casual and formal designs.
Grazee Stitches encourages the use of African designs by children and as such, makes beautifully designed ready-to-wear children and adult outfits which are sold at pocket friendly prices. Some of the outfits are donated to orphanages in Abuja, where the outfit is based and we plan to build on our success in this regard.
We aim to be a leading international clothing brand with a knack for stylish designs with a blend of African/western touch as we continue to strive towards introducing our clothing line. Support for the less –privilege remains at the core of all we do.
HOUSE OF MUCHA
House of Mucha was founded and created by creative director and Hertfordshire based LinDi Mucha who has always had a passion for Afrocentric wear since her teen years.
Zimbabwean born LinDi has created a unique afro-vintage sophisticated style which is aimed at the young and mature generation with a contemporary lifestyle. LinDis understanding of vintage design and traditional African styles has created a new and elegant AfroVintage brand as inspired by her mother’s fashion style of the 70’s.
LinDi loves mixing different fabrics to create trendy styles using distinctive print colors, high quality fabric to intricate fusion of patterns and a rich African aesthetic . Lindi studied arts design whilst in law school and is excited to commence studies in the London College of Fashion to study Fashion design this October.
LinDi travels frequently to source unique fabric and create employment in developing areas.
I.Kollection was founded by Mother of three Ihuaku Patricia Nweke out of a long standing passion for fashion.
She started making jewellery from her study in 2006 and formed I.Kollection in 2009. She trained under established jewellery and clothes designers as well as a College course in silversmithing. I.Kollection now designs and makes couture jewellery in precious and semi precious stones as well as a line of clothing and authentic and contemporary African Fabrics.The foundational ethos of the brand is quality first in terms of the basic materials such as fabrics and jewellery stones, exquisite design and personal attention to individual needs.The vision of I.Kollection is that everyone has a unique style and can look individual whilst also looking fashionable.
The daughter of a seamstress, Messy’s love for fashion started at a very young age. Messy arrived on British soil nine years ago from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
KILUMBA’s (beautiful woman), an African inspired fashion brand of choice, symbol of quality, style and comfort internationally. Created in late 2013 by the main designer and founder, the Angolan Luciana Peres and her team. The first ready-to-wear and accessories brand of African origin and Lusophone and international coverage.
Dumile and Tivamile Dlamini are sisters from the Kingdom of Swaziland and are currently residing in Taipei, Taiwan. Along with their brother, the sisters cofounded and are designers for LIHIYA, which means covering. Lihiya is an initiative to help craftsman and women from the Kingdom of Swaziland and other rural areas globally, generate income through Co-Design projects for fashion and product design.
Our design aesthetic is blending traditional textiles with modern design to create products that are unique, have function, and tell stories of the people in rural areas in different parts of the world. Lihiya is a “cross cultural ambassador” that seeks to connect our customer’s urban lifestyle to the rest of the world. LIHIYA has worked on design projects with indigenous people of Republic of China Taiwan, Tibet, the Hakka people of Taiwan Ping Tung and textiles from the Kingdom of Swaziland. Our mission statement is to “Speak for those who cannot speak for themselves”.
Founded and created by Grace Loes, Martial & Christine is an emerging African brand creating modern designs led by passion, joyful colours, elegant lines and beautiful African Patterns. We believe in highlighting African traditional style and culture in modern Fashion creating elegant and classic silhouette promoting the wave of African Fashion.