Maki Oh is an African-based fashion label founded by Amaka Osakwe. She has led her woman’s wear label since 2010 from Lagos, and it is one of the few Nigerian-based brands to be globally acknowledged. Amaka Osakwe studied at the Arts University Bournemouth where she received a BA in fashion studies. In autumn/winter 2010 she launched her label Maki Oh.
Maki Oh was discovered by the U.S. fashion scene in 2012, when she presented her designs at the New York Fashion Week. International stars such as singers Beyoncé, Rihanna and Hollywood actress Kerry Washington have worn outfits by the Nigerian designer. U.S. former First Lady, Michelle Obama wore a Maki oh blouse during a summer 2013 trip to South Africa.
Her designs also have been worn by the likes of Solange Knowles and Leelee Sobieski and by Nigerian TV presenter Eku Edewor, and are sold internationally through Farfetch.com and in United States at the McMullen boutique in Oakland.
One signature of her brand is that it’s dyed by hand using the traditional textile arte process Adire, another is her way of combining Western silhouettes and native materials and motifs, and lace-blouse-and-pencil-skirt set appliquéd with unsettling raffia eyeballs.