Onyii & Co. brings African-inspired fashion to the global stage

While searching the Zuvaa website, I discovered and fell in love with Onyii & Co.
Bright, bold patterns cover cool culottes and fabulous wrap dresses in this African-inspired clothing line. The textiles and lines created with these pieces are absolutely stunning.
Onyii & Co. is the brainchild of Onyii Brown, a Nigerian-American designer based in Houston.
Brown’s clothing line has been featured in magazines, such as Vogue, and it was nominated for a 2015 style award by Martha Stewart.
The Onyii & Co. ready-to-wear spring/summer 2016 collection was featured at New York Fashion Week:Africa, and Onyii is easily becoming one of the purveyors of bringing African fashion to the global stage.
Brown started the company making wrap skirts in her kitchen and dining room. Since then, she has developed an in-house studio, a sleek website and skyrocketed as one of the African designers to watch.
Brown told MarthaStewart.com that she hated the kente garments her parents made her wear as a child because the shape of the garments looked “baggy and irrelevant.” (Trust me, Onyii, I know how you feel. I remember wearing unflattering kente outfits to church every heritage Sunday during Black History Month too.)
For that reason, Brown has made it her mission to make the shape of African fashion just as showstopping as its prints. With each collection, Brown hopes to take the world-traveled woman not only to Africa but to many exotic and cultural destinations. This season’s collection was inspired by Mexico.
Keep an eye out for the Onyii & Co. fall and winter collection. Check out more of her story here.

A few of the Onyii & Co. pieces that caught my eye include:

Onyii crop

– Estella kimono crop top and wrap palazzo pant set $357

Onyii dress

– Ana Batik print halter dress, $357

onyii bird
– Amelia crop top set, $287

Zirconia Alleyne

Fashionably known as Chic Chik, Zirconia Alleyne is a lifestyle blogger and professional journalist who is navigating the final years of her twenties by writing it all down, sharing it with the world and looking chic while doing it. A Kentucky girl with Bajan roots, Chic Chik evokes a unique flavor in fashion, food, life and more. To learn more about the author, visit chicchiklifestyle.com or follow @chicchik89 on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

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