African Fashion, Global Style provides a lively look at fashion, international networks of style, material culture, and the world of African aesthetic expression. Victoria L. Rovine introduces fashion designers whose work reflects African histories and cultures both conceptually and stylistically, and demonstrates that dress styles associated with indigenous cultures may have all the hallmarks of high fashion. Taking readers into the complexities of influence and inspiration manifested through fashion, this book highlights the visually appealing, widely accessible, and highly adaptable styles of African dress that flourish on the global fashion market.

African Fashion Designers You NEED to Know About

Sindiso Khumalo: With their bright colors, bold prints and modern silhouettes, Sindiso Khumalo’s pieces are made for the woman who wants to stand out. Her architectural background and Zulu and Ndebele heritage lend a unique visual voice to every design, while sustainable production means her line is both aesthetically and ethically ahead of the curve. (via Sindiso Khumalo)

LemLem: Founded by model Liya Kebede, LemLem is a socially conscious clothing and accessories brand based in Ethiopia. The line was created as a way to preserve traditional Ethiopian hand-weaving techniques and empower local artisans, while creating African-inspired designs that feel fresh and modern. The line of versatile dresses, tops, bottoms, scarves and accessories are all hand woven in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and exhibit ethnic-inspired embroidery in vibrant colors. A perfect pick-me-up for any warm-weather wardrobe, these artisanal designs can be found on Net-a-Porter, Shopbop, The Outnet and LemLem’s own site. (via LemLem)

Lisa Folawiyo: Lisa Folawiyo’s designs are seriously stunning. Her custom prints and impeccable attention to detail — each hand-embellished piece requires around 240 hours of work — have won over the hearts and sartorial sensibilities of women across the globe, including one of our favorite style goddesses: Solange Knowles. One look at her line and we guarantee you’ll be totally smitten. (via Lisa Folawiyo
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Woodin: This Ivory-Coast-based fast-fashion brand has been around for the last 25 years and is known for its bright African prints and cool, contemporary styles. The label looks to Africa’s heritage, symbols and colors for inspiration and keeps the operation on the home turf for every part of the production process. Locally sourced materials are high on the company’s priority list and they recently began working with Cotton Made in Africa, an organization geared toward improving the livelihood of the smallholder cotton farmers across sub-Saharan Africa through fair trade. (via Woodin)

millecollines: The Rwanda-based label is the beautiful brainchild of Spanish designers Marc Oliver and Inés Cuatrecasas and a team of talented seamstresses in Kigali, Rwanda. Looking to East African artisans for their skilled traditional techniques, millecollines prides itself on fusing international trends with African influence to create incredibly chic and versatile clothing. Traditional fabrics and custom-designed prints are just part of millecollines major appeal, but what really makes the company stand out is its dedication to bringing their killer designs to the African market first. (via millecollines
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Lanre Da Silva Ajayi: Lanre Da Silva Ajayi, the Nigerian designer who founded the LDA brand in 2005, fuses throwback (think mid-century) design aesthetics, modern trends and colorful African prints to create a unique line of fun, feminine and timeless clothing with an undeniably luxe vibe. (via Lanre Da Silva Ajayi)




Sole Rebels: Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu’s footwear company Sole Rebels started out with a desire to not only inspire her community in Zenabwork, Ethiopia, but to create jobs and opportunities that would both strengthen the local economy and allow community members to tap into their creativity. Inspired by the traditional Ethiopian “selate” and “barabasso” shoes (with car tire soles), the brand uses locally sourced, recycled, organic and bio-based materials and low-impact production to create contemporary footwear that fuses local and global flavors. (viaSole Rebels)




Taibo Bacar: A regular fixture at Africa International Fashion Week and African Fashion Week Johannesburg, Mozambique designer Taibo Bacar has earned a place of prestige in the world of fashion, winning numerous international awards and becoming the first African designer to show in Milan. His high fashion and ready-to-wear designs pay tribute to the female form with specialized cutting techniques, flattering silhouettes and high-end materials. There isn’t much not to love. And with fans like Valentino himself, you know this stuff is the real deal. (viaTaibo Bacar)