Maki Oh is a womenswear brand
that fuses traditional African techniques with detailed contemporary
construction. Founded by Maki Osakwe in 2010, the Maki Oh design ethos
challenges prevailing notions of beauty and analyses cultural norms through a
womanist lens. The brand is centered in a strong sense of identity and culture,
creating narrative pieces that function as direct channels of communication.
The Maki Oh vision extends beyond physical beauty to a textured, layered, and
three-dimensional aesthetic, embodying the philosophies of sustainability,
preservation, strength and complex simplicity.
Maki Oh has been worn by Mrs.
Michelle Obama, Lupita N'yongo, Solange Knowles, Leelee Sobieski, Alek Wek,
Thandie Newton, Azaelia Banks and more. The brand has shown it's collections
during NYFW and has been featured in Vogue Magazine, WWD, New York Times , The
Wall Street Journal, Business of Fashion, W Magazine, New York Magazine, The
Financial Times, Forbes, Elle Magazine, Interview Magazine, The Fader, Glamour,
Paper Magazine, Nylon, and many others.
In 2014, Maki Oh was invited to
the White House as one of Mrs. Michelle Obama's favorite designers, along with
Diane Von Furstenberg, Jason Wu, Public School and more. Maki Oh was the first
and only Africa-based designer to be invited to the White House. Maki Oh was
also one of two Africans to become a finalist in the first LVMH Prize for Young