By Alexandra Phanor-Faury

Maki Oh

Nigerian designer Maki Osakwe’s Lagos based label Maki Oh, launched in 2010, is a seamless melange of long-established African and modern Western aesthetics. The streamlined and minimalist silhouettes radiate ethereal elegance thanks to her homeland’s traditional organic hand-dye method called adire ( natural indigo leaves and cassava plant paste) and Osakwe’s use of African prints and materials. I love the easiness of her tailored pieces and the focus she puts on well-executed details. It’s no surprise that Maki Oh is winning an international following.  Solange Knowles and Leelee Sobeiski are some of the celebrities that have been spotted in Maki Oh on the red carpet. Osakwe told New York Magazine that broadening the world’s view of Africa through fashion is what she aims for with her creations. “I just hope I’m able to tell a different story about Africa, really. Because I’m 100 percent inspired by Africa. What the world thinks is Africa is one tiny part of it, so I hope I’m able to spread a new message.”


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