London Fashion Week, similar to New York Fashion Week, Miami Fashion Week and Milan Fashion Week, brings with it an energy of anticipation and huge expectations from some of our most alluring and talented designers. As this season’s fashion week commences, it’s crucial to know especially the Black designers that are embarking on the complicated realities of any given fashion week. The plight of the Black designer can be discouraging, but thankfully fashion editors are still looking to share their designs and tell their stories. So we at Stylists Suite want to highlight the Black Designers that we are supporting and witnessing during London Fashion Week. Stay tuned for their stories.
Founder: Abigail Ajobi
Abigail Ajob is a london based fashion designer. the work she creates aims to uncover an awareness of the less fortunate events that are happening today in society which are most relevant to her environment. Abigail Ajobi graduated in 2019 from UAL's London College of Fashion with previous study at Central Saint Martins. She later went on to establish the brand in 2020. Abigail Ajobi is a luxury streetwear label with a mission to highlight uncomfortable issues through its print-based designs that contribute towards social awareness.
Founder: Karen Cummings-Palmer
Karen Cummings-Palmer is a health and nutrition consultant and commentator, from bespoke wellness programmes to brand development. Karen is passionate about both creating and delivering the best in health and beauty that is both attainable and sustainable. She believes that ultimate wellness is ultimate beauty and that great nutrition is like great face cream, it should, hydrate, strengthen and get you glowing!
Founder and Creative Director: Foday Dumbuya
Foday was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and grew up in both Cyprus and London. Foday is a Menswear designer and Creative Director whose practice exists between the intersection of Fashion, Culture and Art.
Founder & Creative Director: RENE MACDONALD
Having grown up in Tanzania, head designer Rene Macdonald moved to the UK at a young age but always travelled back and forth to Africa where her family were based, a place that continues to influence and inspire her. A former stylist, avid vintage collector and self-confessed bold dresser herself, Rene has a unique way of combining unexpected colours and creating vibrant prints which makes each of her pieces special and stand out.
Designer & Founder: Annette MAZINYI
Annette Mazinyi was born in Zambia and raised in London. Graduating with a Bachelors of Arts Honours degree in Active Sportswear from London College Of Fashion, Annette Mazinyi was selected by the British Fashion Council and WGSN as ‘One To Watch’ for her technical approach to activewear showcased in her internal graduate show.
Founder: Yvonne Telford
Yvonne was born and raised in Kano, Nigeria and she arrived in England in 1996. Her journey into the fashion business started when she started blogging and people kept asking her, “Where did you get that outfit?” Like many Nigerians, her clothes were hand-tailored one-offs. Despite having no formal training in the fashion industry, Yvonne decided to create two skirts using bold wax prints that she grew up seeing women in Nigeria wear.
Founder: Spencer Badu
Toronto-based Spencer Badu founded his eponymous label in 2015 during his freshman year of college. Experimenting with clothing design, Badu taught himself the art of patternmaking and needlework before enrolling in design school, a move that would galvanize the formation of his unisex ready-to-wear label.
Founder: Feben Vemmenby
Feben is a designer based in London. A recent graduate of Central Saint Martins, where she completed MA Fashion as an Isabella Blow scholar, her work reclaims feelings of displacement. Drawing on the nomadism of her own background, she takes a surrealistic approach to exploring the visual codes of Black life from all corners of the globe. . Feben is part of British Fashion Council NEWGEN and Swedish Fashion Council incubator program.