So last month the runway at Broad Street Ballroom in the Financial District of New York City was aglow with bright lights and illuminating beauty during the final night of Africa Fashion Week New York. And I was delighting in it all. See that colorful pink and yellow skirt nestled comfortably in the front row, yep that’s me! Imagine my excitement when the models glided down the runway sporting Ani Siyah‘s new collection, ooooo I almost lost my cool. Ankara, ntoma and lace adorned leather, velvet, calf skin clutches ooo my what more can a girl like me ask for? Ooooo not to mention the Kente bags and African cloth inspired bracelets, I was in heaven!
Ghanaian-Canadian designer Ama Sika Asante established her brand Ani Siyah in July 2011. Affectionately named after her Ghanaian mother, Asante aims to produce quality products that represent the beauty of Ghana’s cultural identity. Her signature use of Kente cloths in the designs summons the royal touch of “the Ashanti Kingdom: thus giving each owner a piece of the panache that is associated with Ghana’s revered kings.” In the short time is has been up and running the brand has won over some of the biggest names in the African entertainment world. If you want to add one of her pieces to your collection they are currently available online or through boutique stores based in Ghana, the United Kingdom, Canada and Nigeria.