2022/23 : Best 25 African Tailors & Seamstresses in London (Updated)

Writer: Tholani Alli * Blog: AfricanCultureBlog * Contact: africancultureblog@gmail.com * Languages: Zul/Swa/Lin/Yor/Hau/Bam/Eng/Fre * Proverb: Egyagaza omubi; omulugi takimanya (Luganda) ‘What makes the ugly person; the beautiful one will never know’ * Thank You!

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Content Randoms for African Communities in London and Beyond! Community App Enthusiast currently addicted to Bloom Money! See: Stylish, Creative and In Demand: Top 5 Black British Twin Models (2022)Season 2022/23 : Best 25 African Tailors & Seamstresses in London (Updated)7 Black British Designers that Inspire and Teach Fashion (2022)100 African Tailors & Seamstresses in London (2017) or 15 Traiteurs Africains à Paris pour vos réceptions, cocktail, marriage or 7 Traiteurs BBQ Afro à Londres : (Hautement Recommandés). Anything else > africancultureblog@gmail.com

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After increasing feedback that my previous 2018 edition ‘100 African Tailors in London’ was becoming increasing outdated; I have been left with no choice but to update. 4 Years later and yes all the cited entrants have been verified and confirmed are still running as of August 2022.

Francess Designs sews and runs sewing classes from Barking; Linda Cobbina‘s absolutely flawless dress designs have rendered her services unavailable till Sep/October 2022 (she is that ‘in demand’!), Pax Fashions is my actual tailor (a #GoodMan he is) and ‘Atelier na biso’ Maman Lydia serves Congolese and francophone clients in London, France and beyond. The hardworking and humble Manzella Watson has personally been recommended to me more than once as a new entrant and yes Sarah Boadu is Accra based but still serves clients in London and the UK. The ‘tailor of any kind’ Gardenia’s Designs is based in Hackney whilst made to measure Grace Lubaki‘s evening and bridal wear take some beating.

Susanna & Joanna x Stylish, Creative and In Demand: Top 5 Black British Twin Models (2022)

Some are based in Dagenham, Deptford, Fulham and beyond; most can only be contacted via Instgram DM or messaged on FaceBook. There is no particular order in rank or category but be rest assured that there is certainly someone for you amongst these blessed hands:

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1): MANZELLA WATSON

Insta: https://www.instagram.com/gella_zella/ 

This humble lady sums it up in her own words: ‘My work speaks for me”. Reachout on FB or via Instagram. The East London based Seamstress is meticulous, pays attention to detail and never disappoints. 

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2): Pax Fashions

Phone: 07958573270 * Address: 19 Deptford High Street, London SE8 4AD

This is my tailor by the way; so how dare I cite the hands of other legends who ain’t reached my wardrobe. This Edo man is still going strong and well known within the Deptford and south east community. A proper family tailor. Does the whole shabang. Womens, Mens and Childrens. Lovely man, punctual, reliable, good pricing and will ever be in demand. 

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3): L Cobbina

Insta: LCobbina | Email: info.cobbina@mail.com | Contact: (Email only, DM❌)

Hands down one of the best and most sought after dressmakers in London. We’ve been following this lady and her designs since 2016.. Stunning, Elegant designs. And usually booked out 2 month in advance. Linda has worked with many a client and puts her life and soul into helping a woman to shine for her special occasion.

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4): Jacqui Johnson Atelier

Insta: /JacquiJohnsonAtelier * Interview: Made in Fulham 

She comes from a long line of creative people. Her maternal gran was a milliner (hat maker), her Mum was a fashion designer. Her Mum’s sister is also an amazing dressmaker who is currently her right hand woman when she is in London. This bilingual creative will glamour you for the occasion.

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5):Karentino Boutique

Karentino Boitiuque * FB: /Karentino.Online * Insta: /Karentino-Boutique * Phone: 07930 354296 * Email: info@karentinoboutique.com * Site: karentinoboutique.com

Seasoned Seamstress Karen Tino heads up this established and reputable fashion brand: Karentino. Karen is a gifted dressmaker specialising in made to measure silk, ankara and lace with clients all over the UK.

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6) ELDIMAA FASHION

Insta: /ELDIMAAfashion * FB: /EldimaaFashion * Twitter: @EldimaaFashion * YouTube: @Eldimaa * Pin: /EldimaaFashion

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

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7) Sarah Boadu

Insta: /SarahBoadu * FB: /SarahBoadu

London and Accra based 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.

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8): RENNY EXCLUSIVE

Insta: /Rennuy_Exclusive * Email: rennyexclusive64@gmail.com * Phone: 07501 291004

This mother daughter combo is unique and stunning. Irene and Georgin Bello together specialise in couture designs, accessories and bridal wear. They are a fashion boutique that makes clothing & accessories you can treasure for a lifetime.

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9): GRACE LUBAKI DESIGNS

Phone: 07368278570 * Insta: /GraceLubakiDesigns * BROMLEY LONDON 📍🇬🇧✂️👩🏽‍🎓 TAKING ORDERS * CALLS OR EMAILS ONLY * CONFECTION SUR MESURE * MADE TO MEASURE BRIDAL/ EVENINGWEAR

Multi-talented and multi-lingual Grace lives up to her name and this woman’s designs are making room for her!

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10): ScissorHandsCouture

Insta: /scissorhandscouture * FB: /AbiolaDawodu * Email: scissorhandscouture@gmail.com * Phone: 07950162917

Bio: Multiple Award winning  Philanthropist, Entrepreneur, Coach, Essex based and Well Known For Her in – dept knowledge of exceptional creative freehand tailoring.

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11): AroDollar Fashion

Phone: +447960337462 * Email: arodollar@gmail.com * Insta: /Arodollar_Eeyan_Nla

House of arodollar fashion will care your services, for further information call or DM via insta. 

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12): MAMAN LYDIA

Boom! MAMAN LYDIA COUTURIÈRE YA MUNENE NA KATI YA LONDRES * English / French / Lingala speaking ‘Maman Lydia’ is likely the leading congolese seamstress in London. Contact via Whatsapp (07404663635) * Insta: /LydiaCouture01 * T: +447404663635

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13): FRANCESS DESIGNS

Insta: /francess_designs * FB: /FrancessDesigns * Francess22@yahoo.com * +447949780841

Contact Francess Designs for your Made to Measure outfits,All Corset wears,Prom wears,All Bridals including Luxury Bridal handfans and Styling.

They also run sewing classes.

Based in Barking East London

Site www.francessdesigns.com * Insta: @francessdesigns * Tel: 07949780841

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14): BUMMERFIT

😇Bunmerfit fashion🎉👗🇳🇬🇬🇧* Clothing (brand) *  Bespoke✨African✨English ✨Fashion✨| UK 📍* Insta: /BummerFit_Fashion

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15): GARDENIAS DESIGNS

Insta : https://www.instagram.com/gardenias.designs/ * Phone: 07983732316 * Tailor for any kind of events * DM/Email: floppysboutique@hotmail.com

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16): LONDON TAILOR

Insta: /LondonTailor

* Fashion designer👗We are open. Please DM LT for enquiries & orders or call 07572523774. Our Gele page @londontailorgele * LCF BA Fashion Pattern Cutting

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17): SEW BLESSED BY DIONNE

Insta: https://www.instagram.com/sewblessedbydionne

Dressmaker/ seamstress * Occasions, every day, wedding * MSCI discounts ❤️* Greenwich, London based * Non refundable deposit * DM for more info or q’s

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18): MARIO THOMPSON

Phone: 07516 484 006 * 07383987703 * Home: 0208 855 8783 * Email: info@mariothompson.com * Insta: /Mario_Thompson * FB: https://www.facebook.com/mariothompsonltd/ 

Bespoke tailoring * Customised crested denims * Embroidered African attire

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19): TAITOP FASHIONS

Contact: Taiwo | Phone: 07926562867, 02077937479 | Shop: 48 Vassall Road, London SW9 6HX * Email: info@taitopfashiondesigners.com or omoikhodion@aol.com * Insta: /TaiTopFashions 

Pin by Awa on tenue yèndou tadj agne | Evening dresses elegant, Classy  dress outfits, African lace dresses

Contact: Taiwo | Phone: 07926562867, 02077937479 | Shop: 48 Vassall Road, London SW9 6HX * Email: info@taitopfashiondesigners.com or omoikhodion@aol.com * Insta: /TaiTopFashions 

HOME DELIVERY & FREE ESTIMATE

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20):ZEEKS Concepts

Contact: Taiwo | BESPOKE FASHION BRAND for Men and Women Info. http://www.Zeeksconcept.com YouTube.Twitter📧info@zeeksconcept.com 📞+447885235608

www.zeeksconcept.com

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21):Anointing Fashion Designs

Insta: /Anointing Fashion Designs | Address: Unit 222, Stratford Workshop, Burford Road, E15 2SP | FB: /Anointing-Fashion-Designs * Mob: 07984013029 * Phone: 02085360016 * anointingmakesdifference@yahoo.co.uk

Authentic African Clothing for all occasions. Authentic African designs made into dresses, Shirts, original beads. In different styles to suite every occasion and season

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22):Chinello Bally

Insta: /ChinelloBally * Email: chinelobally@gmail.com * Phone: +447447566226 (Whatsapp)Designer of Womenswear. A couture and demi/couture brand. For enquiries pls contact us at chinelobally@gmail.com or +447447566226 (Whatsapp).

Chinello doesn’t only produce dresswear but teaches how to sow.. She loves making dresses, especially going out dresses, evening gowns, ‘glamorous stuff’ and more.

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23):DecentBlash Seam

Blessing Osasogie * Insta: /DecentBlash_Seam *

Check out Midlands based DecentBlash.  Specialist Tailor who makes English and African outfits for all occasions, African weddings, Proms, Brides maids outfits, her services are available and affordable. 

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Writer: Tholani Alli * Blog: AfricanCultureBlog * Contact: africancultureblog@gmail.com * Languages: Zul/Swa/Lin/Yor/Hau/Bam/Eng/Fre * Proverb: Egyagaza omubi; omulugi takimanya (Luganda) ‘What makes the ugly person; the beautiful one will never know’ * Thank You!

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Content Randoms for African Communities in London and Beyond! Community App Enthusiast currently addicted to Bloom Money! See: Stylish, Creative and In Demand: Top 5 Black British Twin Models (2022)Season 2022/23 : Best 25 African Tailors & Seamstresses in London (Updated)7 Black British Designers that Inspire and Teach Fashion (2022)100 African Tailors & Seamstresses in London (2017) or 15 Traiteurs Africains à Paris pour vos réceptions, cocktail, marriage or 7 Traiteurs BBQ Afro à Londres : (Hautement Recommandés). Anything else > africancultureblog@gmail.com

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