Top 5 African Designers to Watch Out For

Everyone's talking about African designers.

The British supermodel has called for an African Vogue. Every major city on the continent has launched a fashion week event. 

But, who are the African designers at the cutting edge of the industry? If you want to jump on board the trend.

Check out the below to discover the top five African designers who are transforming fashion for everyone. Let's get started!

1. Laduma MaXhosa

When the Marvel Comics movie Black Panther was launched as a celebration of African culture and heritage, they were serious.

What did many of the stars of the movie wear when they were spotted on the red carpet at the world premiere? 

South Africa's Laduma MaXhosa's designed clothes, of course. MaXhosa has become famous in Africa and beyond on the back of the success of his knitwear company.

The designs are inspired by the Xhosa people's traditions and culture. It appears there is nothing stopping MaXhosa's creativity and ambition. 

2. Aprelle Duany

Fashion designers rarely study Infomation Technology. But, Aprelle Duany isn't just another designer.

Even though Duany is born and raised in the US, she moved to Nairobi, Kenya to launched her luxury fashion brand. She was inspired by her experience on the continent. 

She produces beautiful leather handbags and eye-catching accessories which are becoming increasingly popular among fashionistas.

3. Maki Osakwe

The youthful Nigerian fashion designer started making her own clothes from scratch in Lagos. She has since created a rapidly growing womenswear brand called Maki Oh.

If you need a reference for her amazing work, Osakwe counts Michelle Obama among her biggest fans. She was even invited to the White House by the Obamas.

She took New York Fashion Week by storm this year when she amazed guests with her vibrant use of color and bold sense of style. She's definitely one to watch!

4. Loza Maleombho

Loza Maleombho was born in Brazil but calls the Ivory Coast home. Maleombho started designing her own clothes at the age of 13 years old. 

She has developed her experience from some of the biggest names in the fashion industry by working under Cynthia Rowley and Jill Stuart.

Maleombho has since achieved something totally unique. She has successfully combined the elements of traditional Ivorian design with the urban fashion scene in New York City. 

5. Ami Doshi Shah

Shah trained as a jeweler in the UK before switching to Nairobi to launch her own label. She calls it "I am I."

She carefully selected local materials to craft the most beautiful and unique designs you'll ever see. Check out the text on photo tool on adobe to discover your own design journey.

African Designers

Watch out for these exciting and creative African designers who are making their way in the industry. You can always learn a lot from other big players thinking outside of the box.

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