African Feature [Ghana]: Christie Brown – the culturally rich and opulent side of Africa

We fell upon this talented designer, Christie Brown, a Ghanaian based luxury women’s fashion brand aims to satisfy the stylish urge of “that modern woman who seeks a true taste of Africa”.

At Christie Brown, their aim is to infuse modernism into carefully selected traditional African aesthetic that transcends international borders. “It’s really about allowing women to experience the culturally rich and opulent side of Africa without having to compromise their personal contemporary style.” We couldn’t agree more with that statement. Looking through her collection will make any woman want to wear it without dissociating from her African heritage.

The label was founded in March 2008 with the launch of the brand’s first run way show in Accra. Creative Director, Aisha Obuobi began her love affair with fashion at an early age. However, the real motivation came from watching her grandmother Christie Brown, a seamstress, create rich and vibrant garments. Today, Christie Brown stands uniquely as a women’s apparel and accessories manufacturer and retailer with pieces ranging from beautiful bespoke gowns, practical yet statement pieces to innovative accessories all inspired by the African culture and art. Her clothes and accessories have made a bold statement, painting the runways with a fuse of color and culture, fit for the contemporary African woman.

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To date, the label has demonstrated international success. Besides winning The Emerging Designer of the Year Award in 2009 at the inaugural Arise Africa Fashion Week in Johannesburg, South Africa, Christie Brown was also the only Ghanaian label chosen to showcase in the Arise L’Afrique- a- Porter, in Paris as part of Paris Fashion Week in March 2010. At the 2010 Africa Economic Forum hosted by Columbia University, Aisha was invited to sit on the panel for “African Fashion Going Global”; a discourse on making African Fashion a recognizable global industry. The brand has also captured the attention of global magazines including Harpers Bazaar, Vogue Italia, Arise (UK), Canoe 53 Sails, Black Hair (UK), Destiny (SA), and Glamour Magazine to mention a few.

Her renown has led her to style principally the new web series, An African City. Some say that the show is the African Sex and the City where in each episode, the characters adorn Christie Brown giving the audience a taste of all things fabulous fashion.

Content and photos: courtesy of Christie Brown. See more on her website: click here.

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After only a few of years in the industry, Christie Brown has created a strong presence for itself, reflecting the personality and inspiration of the founder, with a continued promise of effortless sophistication in each design.

Take a look at her designs below and see why we love her designs.

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