The Designer

Elizabeth-Yemi Akingbade, Founder of Yemzi

Elizabeth-Yemi Akingbade, Founder of Yemzi

Print and Fashion Designer Elizabeth-Yemi Akingbade graduated from the prestigious University of The Arts London in 2013. The following year, at the age of 21, she launched fashion label Yemzi with a small range of organic t-shirts.

Yemzi’s first ready-to-wear collection (SS16) was released in 2015, setting the premise for a Afro-inspired, print-led, contemporary aesthetic. Tired of seeing Dutch wax enthusiasts limited by the same designs, Elizabeth-Yemi digitally prints exclusive fabrics inspired by West Africa and the diaspora every season.

At home in London or on an adventure, Elizabeth-Yemi paints and sketches to inform bold yet intricate designs. Her work is consciously influenced by a British upbringing in the seaside town of Bournemouth with a working-class English foster family, hybridised with the discovery of her rich Nigerian heritage and culture.

 

Brand DNA

Fine Art Fashion Prints

Yemzi fashion pieces 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 for contemporary womenswear and accessories.

Made In London

Yemzi in Pentjla Concept Store, Slovenia

Yemzi in Pentjla Concept Store, Slovenia

  • Each garment is handmade in London. Yemzi creates limited quantities and pays exceptional attention to detail in order to achieve the highest quality.

Social Sustainability

  • The brand sources natural fibres, azo free dyes and GOTs certified fabrics for all products.
  • 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.

#YemziGirl

  • Trend conscious but not trend led, bright and ambitious with timeless style and otherworldly essence. She is self-confident, free-spirited, nurturing and alluring. She is the Yemzi girl.
  • Yemzi prints and silhouettes may span a few seasons, since when was fine artistry dispensable?

 

"The darker palette, with the bright contrasting highlights and satin silk fabric combinations radiates a lush and sophisticated ensemble. The print detailing inspired by elements of Yoruba culture, reflecting your skills as a notable textile designer also further enhances the appeal of individual pieces. The sports-luxe, utility, and your signature classic inspired pieces would appeal to girls and women from different walks of life. The collection shows growth and a new maturity to your work."

- Ola Shobowale, Art & Brand Director, Infinite Beauty Factory