New York Fashion Week is back with an African flare. This season, The Folklore will host an intimate panel discussion dubbed Globalizing African Brands Panel at Brooklyn's Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, with a focus on the promotion of contemporary African designers and their place in the global fashion scene. The panel will include some of the most exciting voices in fashion including Alexander Julian, stylist and travel editor; Adebayo Oke-Lawal, CEO, Orange Culture; Nana Agyemang, Social Media Editor, The Cut; Nana Yaa Asare Boadu, Designer and Performance Artist; Amira Rasool, CEO, The Folklore.
About the speakers:
CEO, The Folklore
Amira Rasool is an entrepreneur and freelance writer based between New York City and Cape Town. Amira currently serves as the Founder and CEO of The Folklore, delivering high-end contemporary African designer fashion and lifestyle products to customers around the world. As CEO, she works to promote African brands to global customers through the use of new sales technology and production channels. Amira’s written works have appeared in several notable publications including TIME, Vogue, Teen Vogue, i-D Magazine, PAPER Magazine, Glamour, V Magazine, and WWD. Her stories focus on Black culture about fashion, travel, music, visual arts and social justice.
Social Media Editor, The Cut
Nana Agyemang is known as the queen of memes and a social media phenom. As the Social Media Editor of The Cut (New York Magazine’s style section), she’s found the balance between funny and fashion and created the blueprint for the way contemporary publications engaging with readers online. Agyemang also runs EveryStylishGirl, a personal platform aimed at empowering women of color. Former posts include Elle, The New York Times, BBC News, and Refinery 29.
Fashion and Travel Editor
Alexander Julian is an NYC based creative content specialist and editor. His work spans style, travel, culture, and all their intersections. Since beginning his career in 2010, he has become a highly sought after creator who prides himself on doing anything to create aesthetically driven, quality content. Alexander has worked with Nike, Vogue Magazine, GQ Magazine, and FENDI Americas in a wide range of content and creative consulting capacities. Alexander's styling and creative direction has been employed by GQ, FLAUNT, New York, Travel + Leisure, and V magazines.
CEO, Orange Culture
Adebayo Oke-Lawal launched his fashion label Orange Culture in 2011 with a desire to break from traditional gender stereotypes while celebrating his Nigerian heritage. Orange Culture was one of the first Nigerian brands to begin collaboration within the industry and has inspired many to follow. The label has collaborated with numerous brands including Huawei, Dennis Osadebe, Rokus London, Maxivive and many more. Most recently, the designer collaborated recording artist Davido on a limited edition collection sold exclusively at major store Selfridges. The Orange Culture brand has achieved international recognition and has been featured in prestigious publications such as Vogue ( US, UK, ITALY), WWD, BoF, Fucking Young, L’Uomo Vogue, Huffington Post, New York Times, CNN, BET, MTV, Vanity Fair, ELLE, Marie Claire, L’Officiel, Style.com, The Guardian and more.
British-born Ghanian fashion designer and artist, Nana Yaa Asare-Boadu is a force in the New York design scene. Working as a designer at Jonathan Simkhai
, and embarking on her personal projects, she leverages her personal history and experience working in fashion in Milan and Paris, to navigate the industry and share her unique aesthetic. When she's not designing, Asare-Boadu
engages in performance art, a medium that has gained her a sizeable and loyal following across social media.
Globalizing African Brands Panel is set to take place Feb.9 from 1:00-3:00pm at MoCADA. Attendees will have access to an exclusive shopping experience with women’s men’s and women’s apparel, accessories, from Orange Culture and other The Folklore brands. Special thanks to Orange Culture, Courvoisier and MoCADA.