it’s bikini time! afropolitan fashion from adama paris

July 11, 2012

Beach season is here, and looking HOT and original at the beach isn’t always that easy. So instead of mixing some really old pieces together or hiding behind shorts and a T-Shirt, check-out the Afro-Bikini line from designer Adama Paris. The print bikinis come in different designs and styles that should appeal to all kind of body types. We talked to Adama Paris to find out more about her label.

Interview by Ms. K

Please introduce your business and your designs.
Adama Amanda Ndiaye: I am the designer and entrepreneur behind the brand Adama Paris. I was born in Kinshasa, Congo, from Senegalese parents. I lived in several international cities, which allowed me to witness a great variety of cosmopolitan trends. This global fashion odyssey inspired the birth of the spirit of the brand Adama Paris.

When and why did you start designing with African Prints and Fabrics?
I started using African print five years ago. It just felt natural to me to show a new way of using it, especially with the Afro-bikini line. I want to show that African print can be modern and fresh.

How do u feel about the new African Prints/Fabric trend?
The new trend is great because it allows designers to show their ingenuity of working with African print.

Is African Print in the fashion industry here to stay?
I hope so – either way, we African designers will continue to show the world our fabulous prints.

What inspires u?
Megapolis are the sources of inspiration for an Afropolitan world citizen like me.

How do you market your designs and how do you make them accessible to a global audience?
I attend various fashion shows in the year where buyers are present. I am also owning two shops in Senegal and sell in various stores in Paris, NYC, Tokyo and London.

Any tips for new designers/start-ups in the fashion industry?
Express your creativity and stay focused on your goal.

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