ABOUT

Exclusive womenswear inspired by West Africa
made with love in London

“Fashion For Bold Beautiful Dreamers” is the vibe for the London based womenswear brand Yemzi. The label's founder, Elizabeth ‘Yem’ Akingbade, is influenced by her Nigerian heritage and British upbringing. Bold prints, soft fabrics and youthful cuts, all designs are made for fearless dreamers who are ready to show up in the world unapologetically feminine and fierce.

THE DESIGNER

Elizabeth ‘Yem’ Akingbade is a womenswear designer from Bournemouth, living in South London, England. She has an eye for patterns in nature, a love of vibrant colour palettes, and a desire to empower women. She entered the industry upon graduation from UAL’s London College of Communicarion, pitching her designs to independent boutiques in Europe. Yem’s talent, desire to fulfil her childhood dreams of becoming a fashion designer, and make it happen approach served as a catalyst for the empire she’s building.

Aside from designing, Yem enjoys helping other young women to pursue their wildest creative ambitions, which she is able to accomplish through speaking engagements and Yemzi Design Workshops.

It’s not necessary for people to die because the corporations consumers buy their disposable fashion from doesn’t want to invest in its workers or the infrastructure of the building… As an emerging designer I have control over this for my business and I will continue to be the change I want to see in the fashion industry

ELIZABETH-YEMI AKINGBADE Founder of Yemzi

YEMZI THROUGH THE YEARS

2022

- Collection, Phoenix’s Vengeance
- RAY BLK in Egan bikini set


2021

- Fashion Show, St James, London Fashion Week
- Featured, Shae Universe, Live Performance
- Featured, Nao ‘Antidote’ ft Adekunle Gold  Live Performance

2020 

- Collection, Egan Ododo
- Featured, Julie Adenuga press shots
- Featured, Beyonce’s Black Parade website

2019 

- Exhibition, Hackney’s Got Style, Hackney Museum
- Featured, Brandon Ingram, press interview
- Featured, Shae Universe, live performance
- Featured, Patoranking ‘Lenge Lenge’ music video
- Featured, Dj Tunes, Wizkid, Blaqjerzee music video

2018

- Collection, The Wild Is Within Me 
- Finalist, British Fashion Council’s NEWGEN 
- Finalist, Alara Lagos Emerge
- Hosted Event, A Self Love Guide For Female Creatives, Peckham Levels
- Pop-Up, Soboye, Shoreditch
- Featured, Alicai Harley live performance supporting Shaggy
- Featured, Tiwa Savage ‘Sugar Cane’ music video 
- Featured, IAMDDB on Tokyo Tour 
- Featured, Davido ‘Assurance’ music video

2017

- Collection, Down & Out In London & Lagos
- Hosted Event, #YemziGirlTalk, Africa Week Dalston
- Fashion Show, Africa Utopia, Southbank Centre
- Pop-Up, Afro Fashion Week Milano 
- Pop-Up, Pentlja Store, Slovenia 
- Fashion Pre-Show, London, Congo Fashion Week
- Fashion Show, Africa Fashion Week London, Freemasons Hall
- Featured, Y’akoto, live performance 
- Featured, Shae Universe, ‘Melanin’ music video

2016

- Collection, Straight Out of The City Via The Motherland
- Hosted Event, Vibes On The Roof, Dalston Roof Park 
- Graduation, University College London (SOAS) - MA African Studies
- Fashion Show, Africa Utopia, Southbank 
- Tradeshow, Streetwear:Mastered (Virgil Abloh), BRIGHT, Berlin 
- Popup, Africa Fashion Now, Berlin Fashion Week

2015 

- Tradeshow, GO Fair, Amsterdam
-Tradeshow, Labo International, Paris 
- Popup, Paris 
- Hosted Event, Yemzi Design Workshop, Peabody Pembury Circus & Bootstrap Building 

2014

- Tradeshow, Labo Ethnic, Paris

2013

- Graduation, University of the Arts (LCC) BA Hons Surface Design 
- Finalist, Zandra Rhodes CAMAC Wallpaper Design, Fashion & Textiles Museum
- Launched, organic t-shirt’s printed with ‘Wild Cat’ illustration

PEOPLE IN YEMZI

IAMDDB IN YEMZI

Bold and beautiful musician IAMDDB wears YEMZI silks on tour in Japan, Tokyo #slayedinthesilks - October 2018.

TIWA SAVAGE IN YEMZI

Tiwa Savage is wearing Yemzi in her music video Sugarcane, the second single of Tiwa Savage’s chart topping Sugarcane EP.

SHAE UNIVERSE IN YEMZI

The incredible Shae Universe is wearing Yemzi in her music video Melanin.

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