Atlanta is home to an array of African designers whose inspired goods inject vibrancy and vivacity into any wardrobe. These shops are our go-tos for high style and bold color.
The Bombchel Factory
There’s no better feeling than buying something beautiful while also supporting a small business that makes a real difference in the world. And that’s just what you’ll feel when you purchase a garment from The Bombchel Factory.
After graduating from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Archel Bernard (pictured above) moved to Monrovia, Liberia, and set out to change lives. Bernard started The Bombchel Factory, which employs an all-woman staff of Ebola survivors, rape victims and the deaf. Find sexy, flirtatious and statement ankara pieces, including flowy crop tops, miniskirts, maxiskirts, dresses, necklaces and more.
From large totes to shoulder bags, African designer and former model Alexandria Alli’s line of brightly hued purses are a perfect complement to the ankara designs on this list. Priced modestly for shapes and details usually attached to heftier price tags, Alli’s designs range from energetic purples to deep reds to oranges and even metallic shades, including silver, rose gold and rose white. Two-tone totes offer a vintage feel to the modern bags, which are all leather and made to keep the busy woman organized and on the go.
This local gem is the brainchild of Yvonne Ghyselinck Pearson, an African-European designer who specializes in accessories and ready-to-wear fashion. Find blazers, peplum blouses, maxiskirts, voluminous crop tops and ever-popular maxidresses. We can’t get enough of Pearson’s dramatic capes (pictured above), which can be worn in a number of ways to achieve the same jaw-dropping result.
Charlene Dunbar’s gorgeous line combines the storied tradition of ankara with modern, clean-lined silhouettes. The vibrant patterns in the Spring collection are just asking to be mixed and matched for head-to-toe vibrancy. For the contemporary fashionista who prefers an all-black power outfit, pops of ankara can be added with Suakoko Betty’s clutches and bags.