If you are a longtime reader of this blog, you probably know that I am obsessed with a certain kind of print. Not too busy, not too colorful, definitely foreign. Liberty prints counts as British, right :)?
I’ve gathered some of my favorite global prints for you to shop, mostly from brands you probably have not heard of previously. Do any of us need any more clothes in our wardrobes? Maybe not. Do we need beautiful prints that will make us happy and support women entrepreneurs and artisans? Always.
With gorgeous fabrics sourced all over Africa (see each item’s description for where they found the fabric), Zuri makes one style of dress in sleeveless and long-sleeve. We and our clients are huge fans of this ultra flattering silhouette. The stock is constantly changing so some of these prints may already be gone by the time you click! I encourage you to click through and go through all of their patterns. I once wore my Zuri blue batik patterned dress to speak at my synagogue. No exaggeration, 30 people came up to me afterward to tell me how much they liked my speech, and 25 of them added, “great dress!” immediately afterward.
P.S. At size 6, I wear their size XS. Zuri sizes run from XXS-2X.
Indiblossom by Anu is a brand we’ve been thrilled to support for years. Anu designs her accessories line in collaboration with her team in India utilizing hand beading and vibrant screen prints. She just launched her website, so you now have access to all her amazing pieces! We are particularly obsessed with her colorful beaded bags. I use this metallic clutch as my goes with everything evening bag.
P.S. You may recognize her star model!
Emerson Fry India Collection
These pieces are made in India with natural fabrics like cotton and linen and dyed using low-impact, ecological dyes. One of our clients has the Zebra patterned kimono. The kimono was definitely a post-pandemic lift your spirits purchase! Why lounge around in a sweatshirt when you could be wearing a Zebra print kimono?
Mata Traders is made and designed in India and Nepal, providing education, healthcare, and fair wages to women artisans. They produce gorgeous dresses using block prints and ikat textiles. These are easy pieces, perfect for right now, that won’t leave you feeling frumpy. Mata Traders also carries plus sizes.
Chinero Nnamani designs her breathtaking textiles with influence from her Nigerian heritage. Not only is each pattern amazing, but a number of pieces are reversible, giving you the ability to have two pattern options with one piece. One of my friends has the most incredible jumpsuits and dresses designed for her when she goes back to Nigeria every summer. This brand may be the closest I get to her fabulous custom pieces!
Studio One Eighty Nine
Founded by actress Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah, Studio One Eighty Nine produces African and African-inspired clothing. Their clothing is manufactured in Accra, Ghana using traditional techniques like hand-painting, hand-batiking, indigo-dying, and kente-weaving. The few pieces I am showing you here don’t even begin to showcase this incredible collection. If you are a “fashion person”, you must click through and check out this inspiring collection. This is the real deal.
Mayamiko makes small batches of clothing out of textiles from their local market in Malawi. They believe in exclusive and limited supplies to create unique garments and eliminate waste. I love the way they style the clothes on the website, with Birkenstocks, which is how I would really wear them! Next time I’m in the mood for a little something new, this brand will be at the top of my list.
What is your favorite global brand? What do you wear to lift your spirits? Let me know in the comments section below!
Lani Inlander is a personal stylist who has been working with clients who want to feel their best and look put-together every day for over 20 years. You can find her in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Learn how you can train with Lani and Kyle to become a personal stylist at The Stylist Studio.
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