Sustainable street-luxe bohemian fashion inspired by West African culture and creativity in the diaspora. 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.
Yemzi silhouettes may span a few seasons, since when was fine artistry dispensable?
Made In London
Every piece is handmade in London.
Yemzi creates limited quantities of garments and pays exceptional attention to detail, making the brand special and sought after.
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.
Natural fibres, azo free dyes and GOTs certified fabrics are sourced for each piece.
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.
“The darker palette, with the bright contrasting yellow 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
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 newly embraced rich Nigerian culture.