As some of you may know, Style Me Ankara was created out of the desire to change the global perception of African fashion. At the height of that desire was to source fabric made in Ghana and to work with local artisans who hand-sew garments with the finest craftsmanship.
The products you see on our website (with the exception of those made in Canada) are designed and created in house at our various workshops across Accra, Ghana. Each artisans is paid a fair wage for his/her labour.
We want to share with our fabulous customers the process involved in making each of our garments starting with accessories. So without further ado...
MEET OUR TALENTED ARTISANS!
S T A N L E Y
Stanley is the owner of Shakestan Design. He makes all of our handbags and bangles. He is a self-taught artisan who started making handbags after his female friend dared him to make her a bag because she had nothing to accessorize her outfit with for a special occasion. He thought why not give it a try? He made her bag with ease and immediately decided designing/creating bags would be his trade. Today his company has become a lucrative business that he can live off of. If you have ever been to Ghana's capital Accra and walked around some of its popular touristy areas than you may have spotted or purchased one of his bags. Stanley is very hard worker and can easily make 10 bags in one day. Believe us we have witnessed it..lol!
D A V I D O D O N K E R
David, or "Matlock" as many people call him, is a professionally trained tailor who designs and makes clothing for men and women under his brand Matlock Clothing. He makes all of our male accessories and very soon he will be making all the African inspired men's clothing that will be featured on our website. Being a tailor/designer has always been his passion since he was a little boy. Growing up, he would often watch his aunty sew traditional dresses for local women to wear to funerals and other festivities. After graduating from fashion design school, he decided to open up his own shop. In previous years his designs were sold in local African markets in The Netherlands.
We currently work with 5 artisans across 2 continents and we're looking to work with more in the future.
We believe in ethical and social responsible fashion. Our goal is to support African artisans by providing a platform for them to showcase their work to the world. While doing this we aim to improve the lives of the artisans we work with so that they can make a living out of their passion.
Thank you for your continued support. The best is yet to come.