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

Yemzi in Pentjla Concept Store, Slovenia

Yemzi in Pentjla Concept Store, Slovenia

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

  • 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