Strike a pose… VOGUE.
Dumebi Iyamah is a Nigerian born designer, and also the founder of Andrea Iyamah. The young and insanely creative fashion designer is our choice of the week in Fashionoire.
Whether opting for her ready-to-wear collection or her infamous swimwear pieces, one thing is certain, Andrea Iyamah has it all.
The adventure began at the age of 17 when she created her own brand. But let’s take a quick trip down to memory lane.
At a very young age, the Ontario-based designer gave into her love for art and starting sketching designs at 11. Passionate about her craft, she started taking sewing lessions and taugh herself new techniques which brough her vision to life. She was a Communication and Multimedia student at McMaster University and later founded A.I. Through it all, she kept her vision alive and is now overseeing her own business.
Being an entrepreneur at such a young age has had its shortcomings for the designer. She has shared some of those moments with TheStyleHQ. She states :
“The truth is I spend more time overseeing the over all sustainability of the brand which ranges from marketing, logistics and management besides the design aspect. Although we have an awesome team assigned to manage each department, it certainly gets difficult trying to be as involved as possible in all aspects to ensure the brand is maintaining a quality creative image.” – Andrea Iyamah
Far from being an easy route, the path to success demands dedication, tenacity and overall a strong belief in oneself.
In 2013, Iyamah, triggered by the desire to expand her market dipped into the swimwear world. With vibrant, edgy, vintage and ethnic pieces, Andrea Iyamah is part of every girl must-haves for the summer. Drawing inspiration from African cultures, the brand has put out more than seven collection since it first launcehd and the 2017 Swimwear collection is on its way!
“Strongly influenced by the brand’s African heritage, a blend of retro and various cultures inspired the colors and themes of the first official swimwear collection which launched in 2013” – Andrea Iyamah Website
From the Lagos Fashion Week to Jidenna ” Litte Bit More” video, her designs have been featured in publications such as ELLE South Africa or Essence.
Take a look at some of the brand’s most iconic swimwear pieces !
A sneak peak of the A.I 2017 Swim Collection
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