Designers for 2023
Founder: Makodu Fall Nationality: Senegalese Originally from Senegal, painter and caricaturist Mokodu Fall arrived in Italy aged 22 to “experience the art of culture”. Fall shares his life between Rome and Dunkirk in the north of France, while creating collections that reflect his African origins.
Founder: Lisa Folawiyo Nationality: Nigerian Lisa Folawiyo is celebrated for her colourful collections that fuse traditional West African fabrics with modern tailoring and beaded embellishments. Since starting her label in 2005, Folawiyo has spearheaded the movement of Nigerian designers achieving international recognition for their work, elevating traditional African prints above the status quo and making them relevant for a global audience.
Founder: Tania Omotayo Nationality: Nigerian Founded in 2016 by Tania Omotayo, this ready-to-wear brand produces print-focused, trend-led fashion pieces perfect for the stylish everyday woman.
Founder: Luke Radloff Nationality: South African UNI FORM is a Johannesburg-based fashion brand rooted in ideas of quality and sustainability. The brand combines the contemporary with the familiar, drawing references from its location, Johannesburg, and translating that into ultra contemporary silhouettes.
Founder: Folake Akindele Coker Nationality: Nigerian Tiffany Amber is a pioneering Nigerian Womenswear Brand founded in 1998 by Folake Coker. The Tiffany Amber brand aesthetic is dedicated to a vision of style that is as sophisticated as it is indulgent, iconic as it is modern and has become a luxury lifestyle brand with global reach.
Founder: Benzito Benson Nationality: Nigerian NiNiE is a contemporary Nigerian menswear brand that infuses both African and western cultural influences into its designs. The label combines the aesthetics of both traditional attire and streetwear, while focusing on modern designs that continue the legacy of Nigerian fashion and craftsmanship.
Founder: Mariya Sanusi Abubakar Nationality: Nigerian Born during the pandemic, eponymous brand Mariya Sanusi designs with the intention of creating a new lifestyle that promotes self-love and values the essence of womanhood, influenced by high fashion, modesty, African nature and the culture and history of Northern Nigeria.