Andrea Iyamah is a Canada-based swimwear and ready-to-wear brand founded by Nigerian designer Dumebi Iyamah in 2013.
Strongly influenced by the colours and patterns signature of her home country, the brand takes inspiration not only from Nigeria, but also from the silhouettes and tailoring from other African countries.
For each collection, Iyamah looks to different African nations for design cues, yet always returns back to the cut-out swimsuits that are a staple of the brand. “The brand’s aesthetic is to always give a hint of edge while using cuts and patterns that embrace the feminine figure,” she said, speaking to StyleCaster.
“Colour is a strong part of our message for the brand so it’s important to not only use colors that fit a style but also enhances the meaning.”
Since its launch, the brand has focused on selling ethnicity with a modern twist, and the Andrea Iyamah team works together to ensure that stories are told through every piece created.