Onyejuruwa is the founder of Ankara Miami, an events company that focuses on fashion from Africa and the African diaspora. While Ankara organizes networking opportunities and pop-up shops year-round, its largest event since its inception in 2012 has been African Fashion Week, a four-day showcase that includes two runway shows and a fashion market. By featuring both emerging and established designers from Africa, the Caribbean, and the U.S., Ankara hopes to demonstrate the diversity of the fashion industry. And during events like Miami Swim Week, that diversity can be hard to find.
There are the obvious reasons: The industry has been dominated by European designers for as long as anyone can remember, mainly because names like Versace and Louis Vuitton are synonymous with luxury. But practical concerns also plague African designers looking to attend events like the Swim Show or Hammock Show.
Locations of Ankara Swim Week Events
Ankara Swim Week
Sat, July 22, 7 PM
380 NE 59th St
Miami FL 33137
The Ankara Delights Pop-Up Shop
Sun, July 23, 2 PM
OPAC, 1074 NW Third Ave
Miami FL 33136