The Vision

Sustainable street-luxe fashion inspired by West Africa.

Made With Love in London for the active dreamer.

The trend conscious but not the trend led, the bright, ambitious, with timeless style and otherworldly essence. She is self-confident, creative, free-spirited, nurturing and alluring. #YemziGirl

The 3 Pillars

  1. Social Sustainability

Recycled materials (ECONYL), natural fibres, azo free dyes and GOTs certified fabrics are carefully sourced for each collection.

Female empowerment is embraced by employing skilled seamstresses from social enterprises and marginalised backgrounds where possible. 

Elizabeth-Yemi runs Yemzi Design Workshops to teach teenage girls design skills and helps them to channel their creativity into a successful career in fashion. 

2. Fine Art Fashion Prints

Yemzi garments are adorned with hand-illustrated artwork inspired by iconography, patterns and textures of West Africa. Elizabeth-Yemi’s oil paintings and fine-liner mark-making are digitalised and reworked, resulting in exclusive trans-seasonal fashion prints.3.

Made In London

Every piece is handmade in the fashion capital of London. Our small production runs allow us to pay exceptional attention to detail, making the brand special and sought after.

The Founder & Designer

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Print and Fashion Designer Elizabeth-Yemi Akingbade graduated from the prestigious University of The Arts London in 2013. The following year she launched fashion line Yemzi with a small range of printed organic tops. 

Yemzi’s first ready-to-wear collection, presented in 2015, set the premise for a African inspired, print-led, contemporary aesthetic. Tired of seeing Dutch wax enthusiasts limited by the same designs, Elizabeth-Yemi digitally prints exclusive ethically conscious luxury fabrics inspired by West Africa and the diaspora.

Influenced by a British upbringing with a working-class white foster family in the English seaside, she dreamily reinterprets  and recontextualizes her rich Nigerian culture.