Top 10: African Tailors and Fashion Designers in London (2016)
1) NAOMI DERU
Naomi is one of the most well reviewed dressmakers and African designers in London. Naomi Deru is an established fashion brand who caters dominantly for the African market. If you’re after bespoke dressmaking and design services then Naomi Deru is the one you are looking for.
Phone: 07958573270 Address: 19 Deptford High Street, London SE8 4AD
He is a humble West African Tailor known as ‘Pax’ based in the Deptford, Lewisham and Ladywell of South East London. This experienced dressmaker is more than able to design and complete grooms Aso-Ebi clothing and bridal train wear.
3) MAZE COUTURE
Maze 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. She is known for making Gowns, Iro and Buba, Kaftans, Shirts, Suits, Embroidery Clothes, Kiddies design, Family designs and clothes for functions like weddings.
Abiola Dawodu is an award winning creative fashion designer and couturier best known for her in-depth knowledge of bespoke British/African tailoring. She is an expert in handmade bespoke and freehand tailor made clothing. She is a Nigerian Tailor with 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.
Linda Cobbina doesn’t need to speak much because her designs do the speaking for her. 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.
Eldimaa is a label from the Nigerian designer Elizabeth Agunbiade-Kolawole. The label focuses on creating timeless fashion pieces using African print. Their ability to bring African fabric to the mainstream is established through the union of the African and Western culture.
Chinello is a seasoned African dressmaker who doesn’t only make but teach. She loves making dresses especially, outing dresses and evening gowns. Ms. Chinello was a finalist on the Great British Sewing Bee in 2014. Everything is pretty much 5 star with her and her service.
South London based Karen Arthur is the name and brains behind this fresh and innovative brand. Primarily a Bespoke Clothier specialising in colour and pattern including African prints; Karen’s interest 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 learn how to sew.
One of the most decorated, respected and highly regarded tailors in London. Bespoke Designs are done strictly by appointment, with a number of established high profile staff and clientele. More than 25 years in Fashion Designing and owning her own boutique, she is truly a designer in her own class.
Oladipupo Falaye started producing bespoke couture tailored garments with European and African Fabrics, using African flare twist, that can be worn corporately, socially and casually. His designs are also fit to enter the European fashion shows.