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October 22, 2009

Zainab Sumu New L.A Boutique

"As the niece of Sierra Leone’s ex-president and the only daughter of the country’s former director of mines, in charge of minerals, diamonds, and gold, Zainab Sumu grew up exceedingly rich. Paris shopping trips, royal dinners, and round-the-clock chaperones were all part of the deal. And yet Zainab, as she likes to be called, has always felt like an outsider. During her private school years in London in the ’80s, she was one of the only African students, doffing her oxfords and blazers for Doc Martens, Chanel jackets, and blond extensions. While at college, when her family was abruptly exiled following a military coup in 1992, a particular fuchsia Thierry Mugler jacket helped her through it. And later, when she moved to New York and found a job at Comme des Garçons, the statuesque Zainab relied on an Afro and her increasingly avant-garde style to hold her own among a tight-knit Japanese team. Fashion always got her through." Continue reading here

1 comment:

Kittie Howard said...

Beautiful photos, great fashion, interesting history. I lived in Nairobi, Kenya, for three years and have traveled much of Africa. Most Americans don't realize the rich fashion there, especially the vibrant colors -- fabulous!-- and combinations with fabrics. I looove fashion but blog about growing up in the Old South. Thanks for sharing. Kittie


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