"Ethical and environmental sustainability is at the core of Yemzi's foundations because I simply think it's only fair to look after the people and planet whilst making fashion. It's clear that style is not sacrificed for sustainability as the Yemzi label contributes to redefining the perception of conscious, slow, sustainable womenswear." - Elizabeth Akingbade, 2014
Print and Fashion Designer Elizabeth-Yemi Akingbade founded Yemzi™ in 2013 with a small range of printed t-shirts on graduation from the prestigious University of The Arts London. The following year she began to learn pattern-cutting and garment construction which aided her in launching a self-funded fashion venture. At home in East London or on frequent travels Elizabeth aims to sketch and paint to inform her bold yet intricate designs. These are consciously influenced by her English upbringing in the seaside town of Bournemouth, hybridised with her Nigerian roots.