Africa Day 2018: African Designers to Watch Right Now
Happy Africa Day! We couldn't let this day go by without shining a light on African designers making all the right moves and that should be on your watch for 2018! These designers range from all different corners of Africa but all all have one thing in common: they are absolutely brilliant in their craftsmanship, creative visions and modernity.
Created by Olivia Kennaway and Alice Heusser, the brand Lalesso reads fresh, vibrant, African, modern & amazing quality. All swimwear is produced in South Africa and garments in Kenya - providing jobs & helping to build sustainability in each Country. If you're heading into summer, then do yourself a favor and check them out!
2. Kenneth Ize
Kenneth Ize is definetly a designer to watch right now, with his ability to bring International, modern and contemporary views to Nigerian fashion and African fashion as a whole, he is truly paving the way for aspiring African designers as well. Take a good look at this designer, he's going places!
3. Cindy Monteiro
Cindy Monteiro, the designer from Cape Verde who made headlines at #NYFW this season with her very detail oriented and African inspired collection. She was born in Switzerland, and she has grown between Switzerland and Cape Verde. She privileges fitted and straight cuts, light textures, sober colors, and lightweight materials, adapted to the climate of Cape Verde. She's making moves! Keep her on your watch and see more of her here.
"She was born in Sierra Leone. Her father died in the civil war when she was aged nine, causing her to relocate with her mother to Kenya. They then moved to the UK in 2000." - trueafrica.co. Sydney-Davies: former McQueen intern / current designer of our dreams! She draws African inspiration into her wearable, edgy and experimental pieces. & the color pallets she uses... we love them!
[TONGORO] means 'star' in #Sango, which is the Central African Republic national language (sadly ranked 180 on 187 on the Human Development Index). The Tongoro woman is bold, joyful, in movement, and not afraid to make her own statement. Designed by Sarah Diouf, this brand is taking African ready to wear a modern road.
6. Raky D
The Raky D brand is inspired by all women and of course a blend of Western and African cultures. Created by Racky Diack, this former Benneton model turned fashion photographer turned fashion designer is shaking the African fashion industry and we think we're about to see amazing things from her.