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This is PART III of what usually is the most challenging write up every year: African Tailors in London where to find the best ones out of them! In this list are tailors who have been in the industry for more than 20 years to those that are more up-and-coming but gifted. They’re not arranged in any particular order; but the Top 25 are Highly Recommended & Very Good. Prices range accordingly. Personalities (of Tailors) also differ. Please contact professionally and for business only enquiries. East Ham Shopping Hall has some very hard-working and talented tailors by the way.
Feature 1: #InAllThingsGiveThanks
Clean, Clear and Coherent. These East London based Designers have channelled their positivity and thankfulness unto clothing literally. 2017 is a big year for these guys – we’ll keep you updated with the latest of their designs and motivational speaking tours! I’m reminded when I was growing up listening to an awesome from Oliver Mtukudzi called ‘Raki’ (From where do we get luck) encouraging listeners that good things don’t happen by chance. Indeed! It is important to know where we have come from and be greatful onto the Good God that has brought us there – something #IATGT encourage everyone to do – Support!
*** TOP 25 (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) ***
1) NAOMI DERU
One of the most well reviewed dressmakers and African Designers in London out there. Three Words: Custom. Bespoke. Thoughtful. Naomi Deru is an established fashion brand who cater dominantly for the but not exclusively for the African market but If you’re after bespoke dressmaking and design services then Naomi Deru is the one. I was personally advised about her services and a brief scroll through her custom designs via her site will certainly leave one impressed!
Insta: LCobbina | Email: email@example.com | Contact: (Email only)
Okay. Linda Cobbina doesn’t need to speak much but her designs pretty much speak for itself. This lady has a love for every and anything African and her belief that it’s every women’s right to look and feel glamorous and elegant regardless of body shape and size. Certainly worthy of a Top Ten place. Check out her instagram page; one of the most detailed, well-fitted and quality African couture bridal dressmakers out there – or should I say right here! In London. Find out more about here here
3) PAX FASHIONS
Phone: 07958573270 | Address: 19 Deptford High Street, London SE8 4AD
This great guy does my clothes and I have never had an issue with him! Pax indeed is the way forward! Period! He is Affordable. Reliable and with a genuine heart to please you with his designs – things can’t go wrong with Pax. Located on the ground floor of a busy Francophone, Yoruba and Chinese speaking hairdresser shop off Deptford High Street; sighting his busy studio full of well wishing customers will give assurance to any visitor. Pax without doubt is certainly one of the most approachable, community orientated humble yet hardworking tailors out there. The Charming dressmaker and menswear is very experienced and more than able to design and complete grooms Aso-Ebi clothing and bridal train wear also. Check out ‘Uncle Pax’ out via the details above. Reliable, Affordable, Punctual and keeps to deadlines!
Scissorhands is a supplier of family aso ebi, exclusive celebrant textile, styling celebrants within their readymade evening wear. Abiola Dawodu is very experienced and more than able to design and complete Aso-Ebi clothing and bridal train collection. Abiola Dawodu is an expert in Handmade Bespoke Freehand tailor made clothing. She is in principal the Nigerian Tailor with the one of the biggest followings on Social Media. This brand provides expertise in distinctive and wearable clothing range combining exceptional West African textiles with the trend and styles of London’s high end styles. Abiola Dawodu is an award winning creative fashion designer and couturier best known for her in-depth knowledge of bespoke British/African tailoring.
Reliable, Affordable, Punctual and keeps to deadlines… we have walk him boutique with a wide selection of ready made African wear and dresses
Eldimaa is a label from the Nigerian designer Elizabeth Agunbiade-Kolawole. I’ve been following and monitoring her label for well and since 2009 it’s fair to say both Senior Designer and the Boutique are doing very well indeed. The label focuses on creating timeless fashion pieces using African print, their ability to bring African fabric to the mainstream; is established though union of the African and Western culture. Find out more about the bespoke tailoring service from this award-winning label here
6) MAZE COUTURE
Fresh. Charming and Talented guy who is a great designer by the name of Maze. He runs a fashion design studio based in South East London – Greenwich and is a seasoned designer in high quality Afro contemporary Clothes and Traditional African Designs. They make Gowns, Iro and Buba, Kaftans, Shirts, Suits, Embroidery Clothes, Kiddies design, Family designs and clothes for functions like weddings.
7) SARAH BOADU
Sarah provides a wide range of bespoke dressmaking services, specialising in bridal and evening wear (and Yes- the stunning dress above is designed by this talented lady). The talented Dressmaker, Seamstress – Wedding dresses & Evening wear specialist understands the needs of her clients and always ensures each client is left satisfied before, during and after the creating of each individual piece.
As part of the service I offer; fittings and consultations can be done in the homes/work places or hotels for all my clients. Please contact me for further details. Follow us on instagram: @sarahboadu
Insta: /KarentinoJongaDesigner | FB: /Karentino.Online | Phone: 07930 354296 |Address: Kilburn bridge house, 69-71 Kilburn high road, London, NW6 6HY | Phone: 07930354296 | website: www.karentino.com | Email: Info@karentino.com
The Derby-based multilingual Karen Tino heads up this growing and reputable fashion brand: Karentino. Karen is a gifted dressmaker specialising in made to measure silk, ankara and lace. Karentino design and make beautiful bespoke dresses for any occasion. Wether it is your wedding day, prom night or graduation ball, a dress by Karentino will make the experience truly unforgettable.
Mariatu Turay is London based fashion designer and owner of Gitas Portal, a brand which wants women to stand out, be bold and win in all areas of their lives. Born in London and raised in Freetown, Mariatu was forced to leave Sierra Leone at age 16 due to the Civil War, her father was a government official and her family was targeted. Founder, Mariatu uses her Sierra Leonean and Bajan to influence her work. As a self-taught seamstress Mariatu’s goal is to set a benchmark for diasporic inspired designs and recognises her talent as a God given gift. Mariatu also does bespoke pieces upon request.
10) T2 PEREFECTION
Feature 2: TAITOP FASHIONS
Bespoke Tailoring (made to measure)
Cloth repairs and alterations (update your favorite outfits to fit in with today’s look)
Services for soft furnishings (quilts, curtains, beddings, cushions & decorations)
Making of stylish elegant ladies, gents, children cloths, special outfits for special occasions.
Apprentice welcome. Learn how to do your own garments.
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Contact: 07951638722/07448531221 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Address: Unit 94, East Ham Market Hall, London E6 1HY
Mr Akeem is a man on a mission, very popular and in demand. The Charming dressmaker and menswear is very experienced and more than able to design and complete grooms Aso-Ebi clothing and bridal train wear also. Whether is classy evening African dresses, Lace and Ankara designs, Aso Oke on lace, satin designs, Ankara and Chiffon, Shoulder lace blouses and more; Mr Hakeem and the rest of the team are Reliable, Affordable and keep to deadlines!
Insta: /RebeccaAdusei | Address: Unit 222, Stratford Workshop, Burford Road, E15 2SP | FB: /Anointing-Fashion-Designs | Mob: 07984013029 |Phone: 02085360016
Authentic African Clothing for all occasions. Authentic African designs made into dresses, Shirts, original beads. In different styles to suite every occasion and season. Based in Stratford, East London, Becky has been designing bespoke dresses and shirts for 15+ years. Very professional service and can make anything you want. She is talented, an excellent seamstress and certainly does her best to make her clients satisfied. Find out more about AFD and their reviews here.
13) CHINELLO BALLY
Chinello is a very giving lady and seasoned African dressmaker. She doesn’t only make but teach. She love making dresses, especially going out dresses, evening gowns, ‘glamorous stuff’ and more. She does Nigerians Proud. Africans Proud. Those that want to learn sewing Proud. Ms. Chinello was a finalist on the Great British Sewing Bee in 2014. The Colchester and London based Dressmaking pro is good – really good. Everything is pretty much 5 star with her and her service. I’ve known about her for a while as she was included in a previous article about UK African Tailors that I wrote two years. You won’t be disappointed. Find out more about her service here.
Phone: 07701365344 | Insta: /francess_dezignz | Email: Francess22@yahoo.com
Francess is is an online fashion store specialising in dresses and accessories made using African patterns, Ankara styles, Kente cloth, lace and traditional fabrics. The London based (Barking and Dagenham) designer Francess works with a number of looks from haute couture to rocker chic to everyday wear. Find out more about her here
15) ZEEKS CONCEPT
Probably the best Instagram page of contemporary African inspired dress designs in London. Bespoke, Brilliant and Beautiful men and women’s designs created with the sole intention of ‘standout quality’ with their clients dresses. They use their “uniqueness to make items that once you step into an event the crowd will automatically know who you are wearing.” Confident statements require thorough evaluation. And ZeekConcept deliver abundantly.
16) RED SKIN GYAL
South London (Forest Hill) based Karen Arthur is the name and brains behind this fresh and innovative ‘family feel’ brand. Primarily a Bespoke Clothier specialising in colour and pattern including African prints; Karen’s particular interests in creating one-off heritage pieces to be cherished and passed down are matched by the fact she teaches private sewing classes for those who want to get to know their sewing machine. Find out more about her here.
Notre Meilleur Congolais: Benjamin Kitoko is the name! If you’re looking for top notch menswear design from award winning talent; then look no further. Established in 2005 by its Creative Director. Benjamin Kitoko initially offered exclusively bespoke and made-to-measure sartorial services, Kitoko has now expanded to a wider range of products and services. (BEFFTA AWARD WINNER: Best Male Designer 2011, DEBENHAMS AWARD NOMINEE: New Menswear Designer 2011 & CAA AWARD: Outstanding Brand Achievement 2013)
Lead Designer Stella is based in the Chadwell Heath/Dagenham area. Kazinos are well reviewed and reliable. Their Social Media presence does not do them justice but Kazino’s African Couture and their designs will not let you down. Their personal Tailoring experience is a luxury approach to bespoke African garments. Furthermore, comprehensive made to measure service perfectly represents modern African wear. Prices are reasonable also.
“FASHIONABLE MADE TO MEASURE ASO EBI DESIGN FOR THAT SPECIAL OCCASION”
Singer turned Designer Stephanie Oyerinde is the name behind the brand. ‘Sugar and Lace Boutique’ is a new boutique run by S.O. London (singer/fashoinista Stephanie Oyerinde) who takes traditional african prints and gives them an edge that will make a statement whoever wears them. S.O.London bring you bespoke statement pieces using beautiful and vibrant African print fabrics and giving them the S.O.London twist! Find out more about them here
Sosomeshop is an online fashion store which specializes in African prints redesigned into modern trends. Their product range is dresses, pants, jumpsuits,tops, prom style gowns, jackets and more. They also take on custom bridal wear upon request. Each piece has its own unique blend of African print fabrics that can be bought ready made or made to order upon request.
Feature 3: S’Alongé
Okay; S’Alongé are an African inspired fashion retailer that promises to make each outfit unforgettable. Their quality products are affordable and suitable for a variety of occasions.
“In 2014 we introduced the our Asoebi collection to the world making us the number one party vendor to supply your asoebi (uniform attire) for your function. if you are looking for a vendor to supply you with exclusive, never seen before prints, contact us now. We offer a range of fabrics for both men and women.”
21) BE LONDON
Contemporary African print fashion brand created to give you an edgy new look. SHOP NOW at www.belondonfashion.com. Be-London supports children in Africa by donating 5% off all online sales to the charitable organisation SOS AFRICA (www.sosafrica.com) who support the education of African township children.
#africanclothes, africanprintclothing #africanclothing #africanfashion. Any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.
22) FUNMI ALABI
Fungi is a Fashion designer with years of experience available for your bespoke tailoring needs. Garments are tailored to clients’ specific requirements and are able to be completed beautifully without lengthy duration. Able to work with all fabrics, including African fabrics – ankara and lace.
23) 929 CLOTHING
Contemporary African apparels, preppy styles & accessories. This London based Couture ensures that their fabrics are carefully selected in local and international markets to suit their designs. More info about can be found here
24) BACK 2 PATTERNS
25) ITANNA EWEKO
Private but fiercely talented London based Seamstress Tosin @DelaPops has been sowing since the age of 14. Her story about how she got into fashion is an inspiring one and certainly inspired me. The self taught dressmaker initially made clothes for friends and family. In Swahili we say; Chema chajiuza, kibaya chajitembeza (A good thing sells itself, a bad thing must be advertised). And it’s the former that happened with Tosin’s designs. She makes bespoke, finesse and very meticulously designs womenswear. Do follow on Instagram and Twitter. By the way; ìtànná ewéko’ means blossom/flower in her mother tongue (Yoruba).
Creative Fashion Services (CFS) provide quick alteration services for every type of garment; trousers, dresses, jackets, blazers, coats, skirts, tops, wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses and many many more. They are located in South-east London.
They have a highly efficient professional service with a quick turnaround and can help alter your favourite garment, taking trouser legs in and up, shortening sleeves, adjusting hems, and waistlines.
Whatever your need they can help you as they work with with all different types garments. Things they do: -Altering -Adjusting -Tapering -Shortening -Lengthening -Customising: Jeans, Trousers, Dresses, Jackets, Coats, Blazers, Waistcoats,
-Womens, Mens -Re-Stitching buttons -Hemming -Shoulder straps shortened/extended -Sleeves adjustments -Wedding dresses -Prom dress -Replacing linings
Send us an email (click the email link top right) for a quote today or give us a call on 07572450375. ALL EMAILS WILL BE ANSWERED WITHIN ONE HOUR.
27) GOA (Enfield)
Goa are freelance, high experienced sample machinists and pattern cutter with 30 years experience and B.A in fashion design and offer a full sewing service for designers, fashion brands and independent labels.
Goa specialize in:
– sampling, – pattern cutting, – small runing production, – designs if needed, – luxury and high street garments, – others (bedding, cushions etc.)
Fabrics they work with:
– silk – cotton – chiffon – african fabrics – jersey (we have overlocks and coverstitch)
“We are open for long term collaboration, with individual price (per piece or per hour). For more information contact us and we back to you soon!”
28) BESTOW ELAN
So: Erzumah Ackerson, the designer behind fashion label Bestow Elan, with her amazing designs clearly gets a lot of inspiration from her Ghanaian heritage – an good on her! The the 2011 BEFFTA Award – winning women’s wear label is all about being contemporary in style, inspired by cultural awareness whilst remaining relevant, elegant and striking. Find out more about their Ayawa Kente coats, vibrant African-themed dress designs and cultural awareness here
29) COCOA AMA
Cocoaama is a fashion brand specialising in luxury garments including swimwear aiming to provide ladies worldwide with exclusive pieces in the latest styles.
“We Share the same values as women in style and comfort so all of our pieces are designed with this in consideration. ‘Cocoaama’ was created to cater to women of various physiques and sizes by providing them with beautiful exclusive key pieces in the latest styles that they can wear with confidence in pride.”
All Yemzi pieces are made in London with Africa inspired hand-illustrated digitally printed premium silk. This Street-luxe bohemian fashion brand is inspired by African and European art, culture and creativity; made with love in London.
Dalston is the current home of this British-Nigerian luxury womenswear brand. For the spring-summer ’17 collection fine silks are digitally printed with drawings inspired by Yoruba scarification marks and ancient rock art. The fashion spread (Photos below), shot by Asiko and styled by Ruth Fianu, captures the story of a young lady from the African diaspora wondering, searching for a way to reconnect with her ancestors from the distant motherland.
32) AREWA SIGNATURE
These guys are all about ready to wear clothing.
By designing authentic garments and accessories, Arewa will act as a vessel to showcase to the world the richness and boldness of African culture. Aręwà Signature aims to provide all customers with affordable African inspired clothing and accessories to provide their outfits with definitive African vibrancy. Aręwà Signature serves as your one stop shop for ready made African fashion.
Diva Approved London was created for fashion-conscious women by the ultimate diva herself, Khristinea. Established in 2012, the company initially focused on statement jewellery pieces and has moved on to stock a range of gorgeous and glamourous jewellery, accessories, and make-up. You’ll notice that bright colours and bold shapes are our thing so this is the perfect place for divas with something to say!
We pride ourselves on bringing our customers stylish and affordable fashion pieces and make it our mission to stay on top of the latest fashions and trends. We want only the best for you, and so our aim is always to provide you with a simple and stress-free shopping experience, making shopping what it’s supposed to be – fun!
Feature 4: BY TORIOLA
“Bespoke Furry slides and baseball caps we like to call Furry bonnets. Shoes are my drug come get high with me.”
Feature 5: FRANK HORN
Frank Horn handcraft its high-quality leather bags and accessories in London. Head to its stalls and pop-ups for a one-off leather piece, then use Frank Horn’s monogramming service to personalise on the spot.
“I had been experimenting for a while and taught myself to stitch, mould and dye leather. Made my own wallets, belts and backpacks. I began accepting private commisions and design requests and began building the brand you see today. Frank Horn is special to me because everything you see has been designed and proudly handcrafted by me for you.”
T.I.R Fashion House creates its unique designs using only sample fabrics (sourced globally) for our couture pieces creating only one of one and not more than 4 pieces with one fabric for our ready to wear pieces. The T.I.R Fashion House designs are aimed at the fashion conscious, the young at heart and all the fashionistas who appreciate the value of quality.
36) AALIYAH KAMAWAL
38) CATAH DRESSES
I’ve met Catah Haghiac in person and her boutique carries some of the best collections of glamorous evening and prom dresses. Inspired by the biggest fashion shows. Catah’s mission and values are to give to all ladies the peace of mind when it comes to special occasions. East London’s diverse community of African women are also popular fans of Catah’s dresses; checkout their Instagram page to approve! For more info; get in touch via their details above.
40) HOUSE OF LOULEE
Quality handmade clothing & gifts for the whole family. 📍🇬🇧UK Based 🌍International Shipping
Childrens-wear, Babies shoes and Bibs and some Adult-wear. This brand uses a lot of African print textiles and head designer Lucy (surprise surprise). Handmade African Textile Clothing & Gifts Boutique for the whole family are readily available along with a bespoke tailoring service for kids upon request. Find out more about Loulee here.
41) DESIGNER ROOTZ
May J Robinson is a Fashion Entreprenur,Creative Director, Model, And Motivational speaker who delivers powerful artistic Revolotionery outlets.
42) ROUTES APPAREL
Routes aspires to mold new perceptions of traditional styles adding colour and life to the mundane in a fresh and exciting way.
Ghanaian roots and boom! These guys produce accessible luxury re-working African prints and weaves to create a line of handbags. These bags feature top grain colourful leathers and suede with an overlay of a digital print of an African print on a hard-wearing fabric. We at Mefie are creating Afro-inspired bags for everyday use. Mefie [mé fíéy which means my home in Twi] began in 2012 by Samantha White. Since then; they have re-branded and are now called Anansi. For more info; click here
45) CHICHIA LONDON
With most of her items having been produced by clothing manufacturer SOKO in Kenya, supporting the community using local craftsmanship is something London-based designer Christina Mhando does very well. Chichia London is not only a Label but also is a very-well able and seasoned seamstress upon request. Find out more about Chichia here
46) P & L FABRICS
Croydon based and have been around for more than 8 years. Fashion designers Paul and Lydia are experianced designers and tailors for both african and european styles. Their four designers and tailors each have their own personal syle which they can use to help you to choose the fabric and styles which will suit you and your family. Find out more about them here
Fashion Designer Aaliya Kim is ceo founder of fashion brand KII MOLO. Kii Molo is a expressionist fashion designer with a confident love for luxury colours, prints mix and match materials that stand out. Her collection is vibrant fun and exotic with a sophisticated sassy twist. Do checkout some of the grand designs of Ki Molo Fashion based in London via the details above. You can email them at: email@example.com
48) AUTUMN’S CLOSET
Personal stylist and Bridal consultants – Autumn’s Closet also offer a bespoke tailoring service for ladies with specialist African-themed designs in dresses, coats and accessories. Autumn’s closet comprises of personal styling, making unique clothing from African textiles,(newbie) blogging and generally loving fashion. Find out more info here
49) VANESSA OFORI
Okay – Luxury African Inspired Menswear is Miss V. Ofori’s notable and distinguished passion. Vanessa and fellow Fashion Design graduate Atosa Nikkhahe-Eshgi were sponsorsed from Vogue Magazine to show their collections on the catwalk at London Fashion Week in 2014 and she has grown her brand and designs very well since. The rich West African culture themed menswear include men’s shirts, jackets, blazers are well complimented with accessories and a seasoned grasp of embroidery, engraving on leather and tie dying. Find out more about Vanessa Ofori‘s designs here
Head Designer Susan Idama’s Afrkutyr designs do actually liven and make your wardrobe pop with our newest line of colourful attire. With expertise in European styles in hand crafted African prints and fabrics; Susan specialises in:
- Hand Weaving
- Hand Embriodery
- Surface Textiles
They’re detailed, edgy and cool, while the lightweight fabric makes them an irresistible part of your spring/summer wardrobe. Each made to flatter your figure and curves. Wear them with a pair of heels or wedges and your outfit is complete! Top tucked in for a chic, girl about the city weekend look.
DRC Congolese born and raised Atandjo Francoise Omanga is an Entrepreneur and CEO of KOYAWO. Now this lady’s designs are very interesting. Whilst Koyawo’s design feel is bold, innovative, edgy but modern and cool; there’s a sort of classical, elegant and contemporary – eque feel to her dresses. Koyawo is based in Birmingham and London’s based service. This brand is very original indeed. Find our more about Koyawo’s designs here.
Address: Unit 73-74 East Ham Shopping Hall, Myrtle Road, London E6 1HY | Phone 1: 07737115283 | Phone 2: 07404211159
Wonders indeed shall never end. Mrs. Magdaleen Ozurumba is the shop owner in Unit 73-74 here and is practically a seasoned and well experienced Seamstress and Boutique owner for over 25 years. CIO UNNIC TEXTILES are specialist in Afro-Caribbean Fashions; Laces, Georges, Super – wax Hollandis, Headties & Ready Made Unisex clothes at all affordable prices. Her designer machinist is available upon request and there are several fabrics on display in her shop. This place without doubt is the only place in East Ham where you can find these fabrics plus lots more at affordable prices.
Onalaja is a contemporary womenswear brand founded by Kanyinsola Onalaja. The focus is on perfect execution, craftsmanship and the imaginative concept of luxury and culture. Ms. Kayinsola was awarded best fashion collection of the academic year 2013 – 2014 at the Istituto Marangoni. Onalaja experiment with fabrics, manipulation, textiles and colour to create a refined yet creatively experimental piece, that is often unconventional but wearable. Find out more here
54) BUMNI OFFICIAL
Okay. Bunmi is a highly skilled dressmaker, designer and illustrator. Luxury Dresses, experiences in life and love of luxurious fabrics pretty much sum up who this highly sought-after seamstress is. Bunmi co-founded the “Bunmi Koko” label, where she worked as the Creative Director, designing four critically acclaimed ready to wear collections but has since (in 2013) started her new self-titled fashion venture, and has been designing made to measure bridal and eveningwear pieces for her growing affluent clientele. Find out more about Bunmi’s designs here
London based Dressmaker and Seamstress SOMIE’Z design and make clothes for today’s African woman. Constructing patterns to suit the individualist. Consultations in Styling and Wardrobe wear also available. Fabulous garments for ladies and children with African ankara prints/fabrics incorporated. Find out more about SOMIEZ here.
Feature: Handcrafted Ties? Checkout SIMEON ARTISAN
Seasoned Visual Merchandiser, Fashion Stylist and Bespoke Tailor Simeon Olusesan is the name behind this brand. This brand is all about Neckwear. Having worked with fabrics such as Loro Piana, Holland & Sherry, J&J Minnis, Ermenegildo Zenga, Lanificio Cerruti, Alfred Brown, Younger, Thomas Fisher, & Brook Taverner – SIMEON ARTISAN continues to find and search for the best cloths that the world has to offer. Bespoke Simeon Artisan haute couture neckwear piece that has been uniquely crafted and created for the groom to compliment a golden theme. If you’re interested in high quality and refined ties; check Simeon Artisan out here
57) OHEMA OHENE
Abenaa Pokuaa, the brains behind fashion brand Ohema Ohene. High End, Quality and luscious designs set the framework in which African fabric and textile garments are made. They produce ready to wear collections in Ghana and employ Ghanaians in Ghana. Good on them! Genuinely their products are very good quality. Attention to detail, well finished print concepts the sense of glamour achieved in all their products make this brand one of the best in the country. They do offer a bespoke tailoring also. For more information; check them out here. By the way: OHEMA OHENE means ‘Kings and Queens’ in the Twi language.
Phone: 07919550636 | Address: 2 chatham road, E17 6EU, Walthamstow, London
Mark your special occasion in a picture perfect dress and tailored designs for any wedding-worthy ensemble. Justine Couture London is based in E17, Waltham Forest and literally can deliver “whatever you wish”. Find out more about this growing boutique here
59) TANWA MARKET (Woolwich)
Mini Gbagi Mkt (Tanwa Fabrics) 17, Plumstead Rd, by Tasty Restaurant, London SE18 7BZ. Tel-07403197390
#TopLady Nigerian born designer and entrepreneur Tanwa Ajibade runs her fashion business with a brand name Tanwa Fabric in South East London. Her store quite simply put; is remarkable. You will find quality products at good prices with in house tailors for bespoke fittings. Niche, Bespoke and Reliable. Madam T will certainly go far and beyond to meet your needs.
Okay, Maria in Morden knows what she is about. Fantastic mulitlingual African seamstress that produces amazing cloth at very good rates.
I can make sample for students starting from 20 pounds. I can resize your wedding dress
Or make it made to measure. Evening dresses. Suit for men
To get in touch; please click here
61) TESS COUTURE
Tess Couture invests in clothing that you wouldn’t just wear and throw away. Their products are made with quality and care to ensure a long use of their clothing. Their website does them no justice but be assured that they are very good. They’re based in Peckham South East London and can occasionally be found with a stall at the Open the Gate Market; for more information click here
62) AISU LONDON
If you’re in the mood for modest yet custom made and visually beautiful children’s wear; then do checkout Aisu London. The Ugandan Londoners behind this very niche label, Daphne and Lois use classic cuts and vibrant prints for their and your children! They do offer a bespoke tailoring service – so if it’s high time your kids needed detailed vibrant, tailored african inspired clothing – they are the ones.
One of the most decorated, respected and highly regarded tailors out there in London. Bespoke Designs are done by appointment. A number of established high profile staff and clientele. More than 25 years in Fashion Design and owning her own boutique; I think it’s fair to say you’re in safe hands with Gisella.
64) LOIC ROSTAND
Okay; here is the Loic Rostand brand. Great Menswear here. The a retrospective and urban feel compliment their African designs. Fresh, Focused and Formal. Furthermore, their Dashiki shirts can also be worn on a casual night out. For more info; check out their site here
65) YAA OHENEWA
*** Checkout: QUEEN CAZ ***
If you’re in need of custom designed accessories, Afrofusion Earrings and more; then do checkout Caroline’s QueenCaz Collection. Brilliant handmade products here! Insta: /QueenCaz | Twitter: @Queen_Caz | Blog: /QueenCazShinanigans | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
67) KOSIBAH COUTURE
Yemi Osunkoya is the designer behind the Kosibah label. Kosibah is an exclusive brand specialising in figure enhancing Bridal, Evening and formal Daywear using luxurious fabrics and sumptuous embellishments – Period! Mr. Kosibah is an renowned international designer and very busy yet approachable. To book an appointment and for more info click here
68) MAMMAW FASHION
MamMaw was founded in 2012 to fill the gap for the discerning modern man & women who is inspired by Africa, so much so that they want to represent their love of the rich African culture via African fashion in a modern classic way. Furthermore, did you know 90% of MamMaw products are made in Ghana? Find out more about what they do and their bespoke tailoring service here
This online based African fashion label also offer a bespoke tailoring service (hence why they are on here) and have an established and growing brand. Aside from offering exclusive contemporary African fashion online, their head wraps and matching accessories also compliment. KISUA clothing brand collaborates with carefully selected African fashion designers, both emerging and established.
70) CERRURA FASHIONS
Cerrura Fashion create contemporary modest and mature designs in African-themed womenswear. Find your ideal outfit for the big day with our edited selection of Mother of the Bride outfits. Cerrura Fashions is a wedding and special ocassion shop based in Finsbury Park, London and Romford, Essex. Find out more about them here
72) SOPHIE KINGO
Amazing brand by an amazing woman. Many haven’t heard of Sophie Kingoup until this read but they have now. Sophie doesn’t only do beautiful cowls, tote bags and jewellery but also specialised African themed girls dresses and childrens-wear. Sophie Kingo hand makes African-Scandinavian inspired children’s clothing, women’s accessories and home decorations in her North London flat. Find out more about her bespoke tailoring service and accessories here.
Well Well Well. Super colourful and kente embroidered suits may not be on everyone’s radar but when Tom D Morgan came back to London from Ghana wearing intricately colourful suits across the city; ‘Where did you get that wonderful suit from?’ soon became “I’d like one of those” and the rest is history. Or should I say: High Life Tailored. If you’re looking for tailor that can make western style suits using six yards of local textile; these are the guys. More info about them is available here.
74) SIKA DESIGNS
London based boutique, brand and seamstress Sika Design is a UK brand whose collections are made in Ghana. It seems there are quite a few Ghanaian inspired talents in this guide – good on them! Sika Designs was founded by Phyllis Taylor, born in the UK from Ghanian parents. In early 2012, she opened a shop in Accra, Ghana; and the rest is History. They deliver worldwide and carry a range of styles from work place casual to floor length gowns, so you can find outfits for nearly any occasion. Find out more about them here.
75) SARAH ARTHMAN
SARAH ARTHMAN is a London/Nairobi based brand whose main aim is to create culture melding women’s wear for all shapes and sizes, events and occasions. This Kenyan designer is all about African print and western designs. Her designs graced AFW2015 last year and has a boutique to be launched this year. Her designs are both novel and fashionable, and suitable for a wide range of events and occasions. Find out more about her here
Ms. L Asante is name and talented seamstress and designer behind Boutique de L’Afrique. The brand is a high-end fashion boutique which specialises in elegant/corporate/cocktail limited edition pieces for all ages, founded by the talented ex Miss Ghana UK contestant and international commercial/editorial model, Lorna Asante. Find out more about the very reputable Boutique’s Etsy shop online, Asos,Ebay account and more; visit them here
77) KEMI BOUTIQUE
A Plus Size African Inspired Bridal & Evening Couture Collection inspired by the Internationally acclaimed Kemi Farquharson. Nigerian born, Kemi grew up in London and established her first career in Business and Finance before Studying Professional Sewing, Pattern Cutting, Draping and Fashion Illustration at Morley College. All their designs are Hand Made within their London Studios and have a ready to wear range that serves customers from UK sizes: 12 to size 2. Their bespoke service serves women of all shapes and sizes. Find our more about them here
Essex based Katie trained at London College of Fashion in creative pattern cutting. Apart from having a degree in fashion design and being well experienced in working with various high street brands; her African-themed designs are also on point! Check out this very talented, humble and multi-trained lady who provides pattern cutting and making samples – turned designs for Men’s wear, Women’s wear, Children’s wear, Image consulting, Professional Adobe designs and even one to one tuition! Find out more about her here
There is a lot that can be said of this brand. In nut shell; they are classy and have designs well detailed and finished. The Korlekie brand is steeped in an Afro-British context, blending inspiration from Ghana, where Beatrice’s family is originally from, and know-how from the traditional manufacturing techniques of the UK industry. Korlekie is a unique luxury womenswear brand combining hand weaved fabrics & heritage techniques with sensual elegance.
80) TEXTILES BY TOTE
Textiles By Tote has worked with many professionals and small start up’s taking them through the design process, pattern cutting and and sewing in African Fabrics. Designs, Bespoke Tailoring and Image Consulting are available from the woman behind the self-proclaimed Ankaranista, Bola Obileye. Toté Collections is a fashion brand that stands out for its extensive use of ankara prints in designing high-quality hand-made bags, head-wear, shoes, purses, gadget cases and many more kinds of accessories. Ms. Obileye is also the creative designer and founder at Alaaso London Couture.
Sheer Elegance. Whether is classy black evening dresses, Lace and Ankara designs, Aso Oke on lace, satin designs, Ankara and Chiffon, Shoulder lace blouses and more – then Sharon is the one! Check out her Facebook profile here
82) FINETEX CREATIVE
These guys are Specialist in African Inspired Wax Print (Ankara) & Bespoke Fashion based in London. Wholesale & Retail, Pieces & Readymade designs. Whatever your shape or size, their expert dressmakers will make a garment especially for you with their made-to-measure dressmaking service. For more info about their service; click here
83) BOT i LAM
British designer Xaverie Bakemhe is the creative brains behind Bot i Lam; a fashion label that fuses traditional African wear with modern contemporary styles. Bot I Lam specialises in the translation of iconic Cameroonian garment styles and represents an innovation in ethical fashion. An initial focus on the traditional Kaba dress saw founder and creative director Xaverie modernise the free flowing shape, lifting the hem and tailoring the silhouette in line with contemporary trend. Find out more about them here.
84) MOJA CLOTHING
85) AYA COUTURE
Of Algerian heritage and over 20 years experience Malika Hemici is a stunning designer with stunning designs. Wedding Dresses, Dresses and Night gowns are her niche. And has developed an immense portfolio of clientele designs both in the UK and abroad. Ms. Hemici is renowned for her feminine and sophisticated approach in the design ofher dresses and accessories, using fine and delicate fabrics, french lace, 100% silks, Swarovski crystals, beading, and hand-made embroidery. Malika’s passion for art and design is the driving force that determined her success as fashion and accessories designer. Find out more about Aya Couture here
Outside of London:
86) Precious (Blackley, Manchester)
*For all your African an English wear.
*For that classy look
*Your professional alterations
*WE SERVE YOU BEST
87) MEI-LEI FASHION (Reading)
She has many London clients. And it’s also fair to say She is one of the most Experienced and Well Reviewed Seamstresses in the country. Reading based Mei-Lei does Bridal Wear, Fashion Designs and Bespoke Creations. Whilst I can comfortably say her website does not do her justice; it doesn’t need to. With over thirty-five years experience. Her finished designs are exceptional. Mei-Lai Sarson has been a blessing to several African women that have come across her and also has very good skill in dress making, children’s wear and bridal gowns including African fabrics. She is a creative; designing it on to paper and translating that into a beautiful garment. Attention to detail and systematic idea formulating make her quality finishes applauded by every woman that comes her way.
88) FFÖLÁJÍ (Milton Keynes + London)
Wow and Wow again. If only FFÖLÁJÍ was based in London. Nevertheless, this high end high quality brand are amazing. Their African-themed apparels and accessories distinctively mark this brand out for women who desire to dress strong and feel confident. A strong presence mixed with African heritage that leaves one confident and with pride through fashion and style.
89) IJEVE DESIGNS (Dagenham)
British Female Inventors Network UK Evelyn Anita is truly an Exceptional Creative Designer. She was the 2011 winner of British Female Inventors and Innovators Award. Whether it’s dresses, shirts, summer shorts, waist coats, bow ties scarves or women’s high waisted skirts, it can be done. Find our more about them here
90) DEBBIE SOOBEN (Surrey + South East England)
Interested in Bespoke Wedding Dresses? Mauritian Debbie Sooben is a bespoke dressmaker specialising in bridal couture. Skilled pattern cutter and seamstress has been involved in garment design for over 20 years. To supplement this she has also provided specialist seamstress services to several bridal boutiques in the South of England stocking high-end bridal garments including Jenny Packham and Ian Stuart.
91) ELFREEDA (Luton)
Contact Elfreeda if you want fine tailored clothing for both men and women. This humble and hard working lady is a seasoned designer and has a distinctive range of clothes that represent a fusion of contemporary design and African textiles. Contact Elfreeda via Gumtree here
92) LAITAN (West Midlands)
Check out Birmingham based Laitan. Specialist Tailor who makes English and African outfits for all occasions, African weddings, Proms, Brides maids outfits, my services are affordable. Whether it’s ASOS, River Island, Topshop and other fashion retailers outfits; if they’ve run out or you’d like an alteration – this talented lady has more than able hands and service. Find out more info about her prices and contact details here.
93) KHUKHUZ FASHION (Manchester)
KhuKhuZ is a luxury ladies wear brand. They specialise in bespoke and limited fashion lines. The woman behind the brand is Beryl Phala. KhuKhuZ fashion is a bespoke fashion brand that beams with energy. Women are attracted to our stylish fashion due to its uniqueness and quality, They really make a statement. Check them out here
94) TUTU BENSON (Newcastle)
Interior Designer and Bespoke Dressmaker Tutu Benson is based up north and her designs are very much in demand. Her pieces, fittings, cushions and home accessories allow for this talented and humble lady to make it to this blog post. Whether it’s Garment Construction and production, Pattern Cutting and Grading, Creating Mood Boards and Concepts, Fabric Sourcing and Mock-ups – Tutu can do it all. Whether dresses or in house accessories. Find out more about her here.
95) AFROFROCKS (BEDFORDSHIRE)
96) PIEAZA TAILORING DESIGNS (CARDIFF)
97) IDERA STYLES (BOLTON)
This Bolton based fashion label produces tailor made to measure garments with a focus on Womenswear and Childrenswear. Aside from supplying boutiques and reseller at wholesale price; Idera Styles design unique and classy clothes and fashion in general. You can rely on them for your aso ebi indeed.
98) GLAMELLE BOUTIK (MANCHESTER)
Laurette Lopo is the CEO of Glamelle Boutik, designing and making elegant ready to wear evening gowns for ladies. Glamelle Boutik also hires out gowns for occasions such as photoshoots, pageants and music videos at reasonable rates. She has expanded her very own Glamelle Boutik onto the next level, opening a mini boutique store in Manchester and well on the way to eventually rolling this out across Europe. Good on her!
99) MIA NISBET (GLASGOW)
MIA by Mia Nisbet fuses recycled fabrics and traditional Malawian textiles to produce a collection that combines the richness of African textiles with Western styling. She does have a bespoke tailoring service which is very well reviewed and is often in and out of London and Scotland as a busy African fashion designer.
100) MFON ABASI (Norwich)
With over many years of experience in bespoke tailoring and cloth alterations, I can transform any fabric/garment to a thing of beauty. I can make, alter or fix your garments to suit your needs. I also sew bedsheets and curtains.
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