1. Tsemaye Binitie, Nigeria
When First Lady Michelle Obama has day meetings, she wears conservative cuts. When the First Lady is attending night time events, she shoes a little more skin (in an elegant way, of course). London-based Nigerian designer, Tsemaye Binitie’s line offers appropriate looks for any time of day.
2. Weiz Dhurm Franklyn, Nigeria
Designer Wisdom Franklyn is a newcomer to Nigeria’s fashion scene, but his designs have already graced African fashion’s most popular runways. His latest collection is inspired by the spring bloom of flowers.
3. Darryl Jagga, South Africa
Pieces from South African designer Darryl Jagga’s collections are fast becoming a staple in the closets of the country’s most recognizable women. Jagga’s ready to wear line caters to the ‘sophisticated’ woman.
4. KISUA, London
KISUA’s online store is changing the way consumers buy African fashion.
5. Mataano, Somalia
Twin sisters Ayaan and Idyl Mohallim are known for creating pieces inspired by the free-flowing fabrics of Somalia’s traditional wear.
6. Modahnik, Democratic Republic of Congo
Originally from the DRC, designer Kahindo Mateene lives in the U.S. Her line, Modahnik, displays her African and American design influences.
7. Cushnie Et Ochs, U.S.
Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs’s collaborations extend beyond their label’s name. Their most recent collection merges classy cuts with colors that pop.
8. Azede Jean-Pierre, U.S.
Her line is edgy and eclectic – a reflection of her personal style. Azede Jean Pierre graduated from design school and launched her company in 2012. Two years later, the Haitian-American designer already has a NYFW show under her belt.
9. Lanre Da Silva, Nigeria
Lanre Da Silva Ajayi’s line is shaped around bold patterns and eye-catching prints.
10. David Tlale, South Africa
His work has been on New York Fashion Week’s prestigious runways, and he just keeps getting bigger.