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NYFW 2018: Two Rising African Brands to Watch (PHOTOS)

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Maki Oh and A A K S are two emerging fashion brands by African designers that will be exhibited at the COTERIE trade show, the premier global event that connects women’s apparel, accessories, and footwear designers with the international ‘who’s who’ of retailers, on Sept. 15 in New York City.

Maki Osakwe founded Maki Oh in 2010, is a womenswear brand that fuses traditional African techniques with detailed contemporary construction. The brand is centered in a strong sense of identity and culture, creating narrative pieces that function as direct channels of communication.

Ghanaian designer Akosua Afriyie-Kumi created A A K S. It is a line of raffia bags handmade by a women’s cooperative in Bolgatanga, Northern Ghana. The brand produces luxurious handmade accessories using ethical processes and age-old craft traditions, which are not often seen beyond the borders of Ghana.

Coterie in partnership with ReMode collaborated with the United Nations to support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals’ Conscious Fashion Campaign. The initiative aims to harness the power of retailers, media and celebrities to embrace impact-driven fashion brands to create positive change and drive conscious consumerism.

Take a look at pieces from Maki Oh and A A K S in the gallery above.

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