AFLA 2017

MEET THE ANKARA FESTIVAL 2017 RUNWAY 2017 DESIGNERS

Ankara Festival Los Angeles Organization is proud to announce the renowned designers from Africa diaspora that will be showcasing at AFLA 2017 on September 2nd at The Belasco Theater in Downtown Los Angeles.

AFLA 2017, ‘The Travel Edition’, selected this year’s designers strictly through brand aesthetic, innovation and overall impact on the creative industries.

“The vision of AFLA Travel is to show the world these amazing talents, cultural diversity and innovative potential of the creative artisans who have attained international standards in the Africa Diaspora communities

The 15 designers who will showcase alongside some of the best artists in the African music industry are

Sharp-Cookie AFLA 2017

Sumahrie Collections (Sierra Leone)

Sumahrie collections “are intricately handmade pieces with traditional materials.”

The sumahrie brand is feminine, chic, unique, no two styles are the same. we blend traditional African fashion with western influence fashion and marry colors that are opposite to create a rich revolutionary , bold and vibrant pieces.
all of our pieces are rich full of content and quality. our goal is to bridge the gap one design time

 

http://www.sumahriecollections.com

Z AFLA 2017

Zenobian Moxis LLC (Liberia)

Zenobian Moxis was created from the names of two African butterflies. The name came into play when Vanessa took her first name which means butterfly in Greek. She is half Liberian so she thought why not relate the name to her cultural background. That’s when Zenobian Moxis was born. She decided that the butterfly is free so with that she knew bohemian

https://www.zenobianmoxisllc.com/

Bloke-and-Divas AFLA 2017

Blokes & Divas (Nigeria)

BLOKESNDIVAS is a fashion label that creates stunning couture and ready-to-wear garments that’s dramatically changing the way ethnic fashion is seen and appreciated. It is run by Teddy Legbedion and Patrick Osaghae, originally non-fashion graduates but with the very essence of style flowing in their DNA. Humbly starting out by setting their eyes on style, they have been able to carve a niche for themselves in the highly competitive style industry.

The label is highly inspired by African folklore, cultural events, the vibrant colors in its costumes and renaissance.

in their own words, ”It is more of an African rebirth thing in our continual adaptation of western fabric to soothe African sartorial needs whilst maintaining its proudly African look”

 

https://www.blokesndivas.com/

Tinz AFLA 2017

Tinz Clothing (Ghana)

Tinz Clothing means “Learn from the Past” It represent Sankofa! We design custom made handmade African print shirts, skirts, and dresses. We specialize in using beautiful African prints like “Dashiki” and “Kente”

Everything is Foreign and colorful! It gives out positive energy and it makes you feel good when you wear our clothes.

http://www.tinzclothing.com/

Fantabella AFLA 2017

Fantabela (Cameroon)

Jocelyn, The creative mind behind Fantabela is an ethnic tee-shirt and accessories designer as well as a painter from Cameroon. The designs on her tee-shirts are inspired by my African themed paintings.

Solome AFLA 2017

Solome Katongole (Uganda)

Solome Katongole specializes in customized women’s clothing. Her garments are for the fashion forward woman with an exclusive taste and not afraid to experiment with unique fabrics and style. She explores and mimics art with fabrics to create garments that are sexy, sophisticated, and make a statement. Also influenced by her Ugandan culture she merges western and traditional silhouettes/fabrics to create modernized garments.

Her work has graced the runways at Africa Fashion Week New York 2010, Boston Fashion Week 2010 “Fashion Expose”, Mercedes-Benz of Buffalo fashion week 2011 and at Hub of Africa Fashion Week 2012.

SC AFLA 2017

SharpeCookie GH (Ghana)

SharpeCookie GH is the brain child of Sheba Tamakloe. The brand can be described as vintage, modern African wear. We celebrate the individuality and creativity of Ghana and share it with the world. Each piece is hand drawn, and sewn by a talented team of tailors/seamstress.

http://www.sharpecookiegh.com/

MG AFLA 2017

Midget Girrafe (Nigeria)

MIDGET giraffe is a global online destination for fashion-forward, bold African print lovers. In 2014, founders Corey Harris (American) and Linda Omeni (Nigerian) started creating custom pieces from their homes in East Orange, New Jersey. The name is inspired by the union of two opposite perspectives, to create something entirely unique and different – African print clothing cut in highly curated western styles. The shop continues to grow as an international style source offering both new and vintage clothing.

http://shopmidgetgiraffe.com/

Ruv AFLA 2017

Ruvaafric Wear (Zimbabwe)

RuvaAfricWear.com strives to be the best and number one online source for African art and fashion. We established RuvaAfricWear in 2015, but it had been in the making for over 4 years. We love African art and fashion and we regularly visit our home countries (Ethiopia and Zimbabwe) and we always bring something to add to our collections. We decided to start an online store to share with you all the exquisite and well-crafted African art and fashion from various countries, so our products are not limited to just Zimbabwe and Ethiopia.

The name RuvaAfricWear came from combining Ruva, Africa and Wear. Ruva is the name of our 2nd daughter and it means flower in Shona (Zimbabwe) and just like RuvaAfricWear.com she was also born in 2015. We chose Ruva or “Flower” because it symbolizes beauty, passion, humility, lasting friendship, compassion, fascination, thankfulness, royalty, and many others positive symbolisms we associate with Africa and our brand.

https://www.ruvaafricwear.com/

Kay AFLA 2017

Kay-By-Kay (Liberia)

Kay-By-Kay-Designs is a contemporary versatile ready-to-wear fashion brand base in the United States the brand was established April of 2012 by the Designer/Owner Brenda Kaybaynuwon Teh The brand offers a mixture of clothing,our brand is also known for it unique designs and colorful sequences which can be spotted from a mile away. The styles and brand alone is a fascinating as the name KayByKay which is a brake down of the owner Brenda Kaybaynuwon Teh, The name is unique because it’s a native tribal africian name from her homeland Liberia.Do we know what the futures hold for Kay-By-Kay no by one thing we know is that the brand is growing and the brand is here to stay by making a great impact on the Fashion and Clothing world!

Herritage AFLA 2017

Heritage Links (Ghana)

Solome Katongole specializes in customized women’s clothing. Her garments are for the fashion forward woman with an exclusive taste and not afraid to experiment with unique fabrics and style. She explores and mimics art with fabrics to create garments that are sexy, sophisticated, and make a statement. Also influenced by her Ugandan culture she merges western and traditional silhouettes/fabrics to create modernized garments.

Her work has graced the runways at Africa Fashion Week New York 2010, Boston Fashion Week 2010 “Fashion Expose”, Mercedes-Benz of Buffalo fashion week 2011 and at Hub of Africa Fashion Week 2012.

Tosagie AFLA 2017

Tosagie Couture (Nigeria)

11 years old Tiffany Osagie is a Nigerian-American and an aspiring Fashion Designer. Tiffany has always had an eye for fashion from a very tender age. She started to develop her passion in fashion at the age of 7. At age seven, Tiffany would cut up her socks and under wear to and turn them into designed clothes for her dolls. Sometimes, she would drape her little sister with bedsheets to create an evening gown out of the sheets. She turned her little sister into her model to model her gowns she made from bedsheets. Her desire for fashion was so strong even at the tender age. By the time she was 8 years old, she had already decided on what career path she wanted and that was to be a fashion designer. Her mother was forced to take her seriously by providing her with the resources to hone and nurture her talents. Her mom researched for a fashion school to enroll her in, but there were no such school to enroll young girls of her age. Luckily for her, a fashion instructor named Ms Eva, at a local Joanne Fabrics store gave her a chance to fulfill her dream. She started taking Saturday classes at Joanne Fabrics store.

Most young girls would probably ask for dolls or other toys for their birthday. But for Tiffany, on her 9th birthday, she asked for a sewing machine as a birthday present. All she wanted was a sewing machine for her birthday, so she got one. At 10 she started a private lesson with a fashion designer instructor, Ms Noreen. She has continued to learn and push herself to the next level in the Fashion and Design world. She loves to make party clothes for her mom and sisters.

Tiffany is very passionate about fashion. She is very creative and not held bound by her young age. Tiffany is a 7th grader with a 4.0 GPA. She is very studious and also makes time to help others. Her passion includes cooking, painting, playing piano and singing. She also volunteers with People’s pillowcase, an organization that sews pillow cases for orphans.

Tiffany is thrilled and proud to launch her line -Tosagie Couture.