After graduating from Chelsea College of Art and Design and working with some of the biggest names in Fashion - Christian Lacroix, DKNY, Diane Von Furstenberg, Ischiko and Victoria Secret - Anita Quansah created her own jewelry label in London in 2006. Each piece is a work of art, an eclectic combination of extremely different parts: bits of vintage jewels, semiprecious stones, rare African beads and fabric. What we see is a new concept in jewels with a bohemian, tribal spirit informed by the designer’s Nigerian roots.
Lisa Folawiyo launched Jewel by Lisa in 2005, the Nigerian brand which – thanks to the skills of expert craftspeople – has revolutionized Ankara fabric working with aesthetic codes of a rich ethnic tradition. Color is the key to the collections with strong contrasts in graphic and patchwork look prints that are embellished with embroidery, sequins and Swarovski crystals. A retro touch on contemporary silhouettes means a new vintage look in cocktail dresses, pants and minis.
Lanre Da Silva Ajayi has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Coventry University and a Masters degree in Finance from the University of Leicester. She created her eponymous label (LDA) in 2005 and it has gained a strong international following in just seven years. By combining pattern, optical prints and fine traditional fabrics – a tribute to her Nigerian background – LDA produces sophisticated clothing for the elegant woman who wants couture with touches of bright, vitamin colors.
Tailored lines plus structured shapes equal a fit that speaks the language of minimal geometric design and sculpted architecture. This is women’s wear by the London-based Sudanese designer Omer Asim. Born in 1978, Mr. Asim has a degree in architecture and has worked with Maurice Sedwell of Savile Row and Vivienne Westwood. He launched his own label in 2009 with an installation during the London Fashion Week.