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Meet Andrea Iyamah: Nigerian Fashion Designer & Nubian Inspiration

Andrea Iyamah is a high-quality clothing line owned by Nigerian fashion designer Andrea Dumebi Iyamah. Strongly inspired by ethnic cultures and elements of nature, Andrea Iyamah adopts design elements that stay true to creating authentic clothing and resort wear that celebrate her African roots and cultures beyond.

Inspired by a deep desire and love for travel, the bold colors, modern femininity, retro classic silhouettes, and a contemporary edge appeals to the A.I woman who is an adventurer in spirit, mind, and style.

Andrea was born in 1993, with a deep-seated thrill for fashion and the arts, developing her tailoring skills and educating herself about style and design. This later fuelled the genesis of the A.I. brand at the early age of 17.

Creator & Designer Andrea Dumebi Iyamah

At the time, she was balancing a full-time degree at her university and building the A.I brand, Andrea was driven by her passion for creativity; she was determined to build an African-owned brand that was rich and bold in style and most importantly internationally accessible.

Andrea Iyamah on Instagram

For over a decade, the Andrea Iyamah brand gained repeated recognition for its work in fashion and has over the years been featured in Vogue, Forbes, InStyle, Huff Post, and more. Celebrated as the leading African resort wear brand, it's been popularly recognized for its eccentric and unique take on swimwear, being described as high fashion art.

In addition to its premium resort wear line, Andrea Iyamah's ready-to-wear bridal collection explores the use of quality tailoring and rich fabrics often in its signature jewel tones inspired by the rich colors of nature.

From The Bridal Collection

Strongly influenced by the brand’s African heritage, a blend of various cultures inspired the colors and themes of the first official swim collection which launched in 2013 and has since then been spotted on Michelle Obama, Kate Hudson, Gabrielle Union, Ciara, Issa Rae, and many more style stars becoming an African resort wear cult favorite.

Operating out of Toronto, Lagos, and New York, the brand caters to females across borders who are confident, adventurous, and unafraid of clothing designed with a statement. Since 2011, the brand has focused on celebrating ethnicity with a modern twist while maintaining its attention to quality, detail, and flattering silhouettes.

The Andrea Iyamah team works together to ensure that stories are told through every piece created. A.I's vision is to persistently build and embrace cultural stories through design that celebrate the bold, expressive, and confident woman that is the A.I woman .


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