Studio One Eighty-Nine, co-founded by Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah, is a lifestyle brand and social enterprise that has recently won the prestigious CFDA Lexus Fashion Initiative for Sustainability. The brand supports African artisans and celebrates Black heritage across the diaspora, and fosters community.
Connection is at the core of everything that Studio 189 does - to the land, materials, and craft traditions, among people, and the past. The brand currently operates a store in Accra (Ghana), an eCommerce site, a manufacturing facility in Accra, and supports various community-led projects in Africa and the USA. Studio 189 works with artisanal communities specialized in natural plant-based dye indigo, hand-batik, kente weaving, and more.
Studio 189 focuses on empowerment, creating jobs, and supporting education and skills training and partners with organizations such as the United Nations ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative, NYU Stern School of Business and has collaborated with brands including Lexus. EDUN (LVMH), Fendi, Nike, Opening Ceremony, The Surf Lodge, Okay Africa, and Yoox Net a Porte