2018 AFWT designers


The KING OF COUTURE as he is widely known and referred to in the fashion world and Media, Adebayo Jones believes details will set your work apart. The highly regarded celebrity designer creates magic that makes their clients feel Luxury, Posh, Sophisticated and elegant. This London-based Nigerian designer has been featured in premium runways all over the world.



Fatumah Asha Is a Ugandan clothing brand that majors in contemporary African Clothes, started by Fatuma Asha the brand has already emerged as one of Ugandans most popular fashion brands making some of the most elegant and contemporary women's wear clothes.

Their expertise ranges from casual to evening wear to bridal and as far as runway goes, they have showcase on major platforms in Africa and around the world.



Africana by Adebayo Jones is an exclusively sophisticated fashion brand inspired by the lux of the African lifestyle.  The brand caters to women who have no interest in substituting posh and elegance for anything else. With a design team lead by the highly regarded and globally celebrated designer, you can be sure to receive the highest level of customer service and high quality products when dealing with the brand. 



House of Ruth Atelier is an innovative and conceptual design Label. As a Bridal design company, it aims to creatively fuse the African and Western cultures together by bringing together great historical traditions in style, silhouette, fabric and construction techniques.



Avril by WK is an African inspired clothing brand that uses a combination of beautiful African prints and contemporary embellishments to create functional clothes for women  that can be worn to any occasion




KEJEO means "Something that looks beautiful on You" in the Mina language from Benin and Togo in West Africa. We offer gorgeous, authentic, contemporary, one-of-a-kind original clothing and accessories for everyone. ALL our pieces are carefully designed and HANDMADE in BENIN using ONLY PREMIUM quality African print fabric from various countries in West AFRICA and embroidery.



Pheo Couture is a premium African inspired menswear designer  brand serving Toronto and other cities around the world. The brand is responsible for styling many men in Toronto and providing a sense of class, quality and style. Check him out for all of your custom tailored African menswear fashion needs for every occasion!



The creative director at Ashiru Couture derives her inspirational from her experiences living in different cultures around the world.  The brand focuses on creating luxurious red carpet, evening and bridal wear using stunning, high-quality fabrics such as sequin lace, beads, lace and silk organza. The brand has been featured in fundraisers held by the Royal Thai Consul-General of Vancouver, Little Black Dress Gala and most recently NEW YORK Fashion week.



Diana Magesa was born in Shinyanga, but built her fashion career in Morogoro. She began designing in 2009, creating a costume for Miss Universe Tanzania and taking home the prize for Best National Costume. In 2011, Magesa began to teach and inspire children in Morogoro to create and design their own clothing. Magesa is known for feminine accents and using local materials to speak in a bold, unique, feminine way.



Kwesiya is a ready-to-wear and accessories brand based in Canada.
The label specializes in Wax textiles, vibrant fabrics characteristic of
West Africa. Our primary mission is to captivate audiences from all cultures, while promoting the use of African fabrics. From business attire, fresh and casual outfits to special event wear; we create pieces that can be worn for any occasion. Kwesiya [kwé-si-ya] which means “Mix It” in a Cameroonian dialect,
defines the label and it essence of inclusion.



Stemming from the breath taking island of St. Lucia, head designer Kadeem Faustin brings a fresh take to an old industry, by method of Defiance, Androgyny and African print; Each stitch, is carefully and strategically made.



At ZALAHARI, our everyday goal is to create masterpieces beyond perfection, striving for excellence and crafting the ideal look that suits each personality. Famously, we leave no room for errors as our top strength lays within paying key details to stiches, fabric quality, color code, proportionality, latest trend, and the individual factor. Ezomoh David (zala) is the creative director at ZALAHARI and his obsession with Afro print fabrics plays a huge role in his collections and projects in what he summarizes as 'telling the beautiful African stories'.



Based in Kitchener, Canada ZNA.K Designs is a great source for custom, authentic African prints and fashion designs for Bridal, Children, and Women's wear.

Owner and Lead Designer, Zeena Kay is the talent behind this colourful Award-Winning fashion label. Combining her Cameroonian roots with a love for couture and hi-end fashion, she creates one of a kind designs that make you look and feel amazing.












Phresh Empire specializes in custom made African fashions.






Precious Threads by Abiola is an award winning (2017 and 2018 African Fashion Industry Awards) brand that stands for modernity, luxury, femininity, integrity and quality.  Each garment is designed with a woman's silhouette in mind and is crafted with materials hand picked by the Head Designer who pays particular attention to quality, pattern and vibrancy of colours.

The collections exude a fashion forward vision.  Each piece allows one's personal style and confidence to shine through.  The garments speak for themselves but not for the wearer.   When the Precious Threads woman enters a room, she commands attention and is noticed



Lubien Laurent was born on the Island of Grand Bahama in the Bahamas during 1986. His parents were Haitian immigrants who recognized his early interest in the arts and encouraged him in his artistic pursuits as best they could.

Today, with growing popularity in Canada, Mr. Laurent continues to design and produce fashion wear that reflects his deep Afro-Haitian Bahamian roots, bringing to his new adoptive home a blended taste of Haitian Bahamian color and passion.