We often get the opportunity to collaborate with talented people from various professions, who have the gift of sparking our imagination with inventive ideas and unexpected input. From photographers to designers, editors and storytellers: Meet the creative minds Vlisco collaborated with.
The young painter from Oyibi, whose real name is Moses Agoe, is known for his beautifully hand painted movie posters, which he sells in Ghana as well as to international galleries and collectors.
Daniel Anum Jasper
One of Ghana’s most internationally acclaimed artists, D.A. Jasper started his career as a sign designer in the late ‘80s. Before long, he would become an eminent local figure in movie poster painting.
Ebenezer Mensah is the artist behind the pseudonym Farkira. Originally a sign writer, he is also well known in Ghana for his portrait paintings of celebrities
Jeaurs Oka Afutu – artistically known as Heavy Jearus or Heavy J – started painting movie posters at the age of 14. He continued to do so throughout the ‘90s, before turning his attention to the Western collectors’ market as the Ghanaian cinema industry changed.
“Determined to make a mark on every woman’s heart with creativity”, as he puts it, fashion designer Ezekiel Yartel is a red carpet favourite among a number of top African celebrities.
Being the fourth generation of fashion designers in her family, Sadia learnt the profession from her mother at a studio in the suburbs of Accra. She started her own bespoken tailoring house in 2012, at the tender age of 19.
Opting out from a banking career to pursue her fashion dream, Rukkayah founded the house of Reedas in Abuja in 2007. Soon, the label became the go-to place for the high society of northern Nigeria
Og Okonkwo graduated as a laboratory scientist in Nigeria. But soon after graduation, Og’s past of growing up with extremely creative and stylish women, caught up with her.
Pelebe specializes in evening- and cocktail dresses and showcases a form of African fashion, which isn’t necessarily traditional or folkloric, but exudes a new type of African glamour that could be worn around the world.
In the light of the first Vlisco&co event in Lagos, we interviewed Art Director Daniel Obasi about his work, the concept of his afro-futuristic short film ‘An Alien in Town’ and the collaboration with Vlisco.
Watch the interview with Fashion Designer Tokyo James, and learn more about his take on modern-day fashion, being a designer, the Vlisco&co initiative and the collaboration with Vlisco for the Vlisco&co event Lagos.
We interviewed Fashion Designer Abiola Olusola about her brand, working with Vlisco fabrics and the collaboration for the Vlisco&co event Lagos.
According to Karo Akpokiere, the renowned Nigerian illustrator, the African aesthetic can be seen differently. That’s why for his collaboration with Vlisco for the Vlisco&co Lagos event, he focused on deconstructing Vlisco patterns and storytelling through these patterns. Watch the interview with him here.
House of Paòn
Modern, wild and free is how fashion designer of House of Paòn would describe the collection he showcased during the Vlisco&co event in Ghana. Watch the interview now and discover his inspiration for the collection and his creative fashion inspiration.
Talented fashion designer Ushie, the founder of the eponymous brand, created a powerful and royal collection with Vlisco fabrics for the Vlisco&co event in Ghana. Watch the video to discover how working with Vlisco fabrics unlocked his creativity.
Fashion Stylist and Accessory Designer Kelvin Vincent came out of his shell for the first Vlisco&co event in Ghana. He created bold, handmade jewellery for the fashion show that showcased fashion designers Ushie and House of Paon’s collections. Watch the interview to find out what inspired him to make these pieces of jewellery.
Despite several moments of doubt, Lisa Folawiyo chose fearlessness and left her job as a lawyer to pursue a career in fashion.
Together with her mother, the Dakar-born, Paris-based Shade Affogbolo, founded Nash Prints.
Mehdi is a fashion photographer from Morocco, who is based in Paris. Through documenting his hikes and travels, Mehdi discovered his love for photography 7 years ago.
Trevor is multi-talented; he is a stylist, blogger, art director and photographer. A well-known name in South Africa’s fashion industry, especially when ELLE named him ELLE’s Style Reporter in 2012.
Lanre Da Silva Ajayi
After studying finance and business in the UK, Lanre Da Silva Ajayi changed her path and became a fashion designer in Nigeria. However, this did not happen over night.
Araba Stephens Akompi
After a career in the corporate sector in the US, Araba Stephens Akompi decided set up her celebrated Stylista label in 2011 – and never looked back since.
Anna-Alix Koffi was born in Abidjan and raised in Paris. She is the founder, creative director and editor in chief of OFF THE WALL and SOMETHING WE AFRICANS GOT.
Asiyami is not your every-day woman, being a multi-faceted curator, creator and head of a successful creative agency.
The Beninese-Nigerian Fatima Togbe is the founder of the first Muslima magazine. Though “Hayati” is only founded five years ago, the popular magazine already has one million subscribers.
Namsa works across the documentary, fashion and performance genres, creating visual imagery that explores the signs and symbols of African cultural heritage; from rituals and ceremonies to statuettes and masquerades.
Eloi Sessou is a proud Ivorian in the midst of an exciting movement in modern African fashion.
Ejiro Amos Tafiri
Ejiro is the proud owner of one of Nigeria’s hottest fashion brands — but she’s not stopping there.
Self-taught fashion designer Dauvia began to wear her own creations only a couple of years ago and is now the proud owner of her own fashion brand.
The body shape of women and the way they act and move inspire the Ivorian-Lebanese designer Elie Kuame to his creations.
Fashion designer Loza Maléombho, born in Brasil and raised in Ivory Coast and Washington DC, has travelled the world but feels most creative in Ivory Coast.