Nigerian Label Onyii & Co ‘Wraps’ Up New York Fashion Week Nigerian-American designer, Mommy of three, Onyii Brown chats with us about New York Fashion Week [Africa], the inspiration behind her label Onyii & Co, and style.


A fashion milestone is always a reason to celebrate! January 10, 2014 marked the 40th anniversary of Diane von Furstenberg’s signature Wrap Dress. The simple concept of soft (printed or plain) fabric folded across a feminine figure has taken the fashion industry to another level. The dress which is flattering to many forms was not only considered high-class, but it also became a dress that is practical and professional.

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During the week of Diane von Furstenberg’s milestone, another brand, Onyii & Co., owned by Nigeria-born Onyii Brown, created its first collection called Wrap. Go. Live. for women of every size to wear, love, and feel confident in their fashionInfluenced by Diane von Furstenberg’s iconic item, the beautiful collection was fostered to celebrate the beauty and versatility of the global woman through wrap dresses and skirts.

Since her launch, Brown has incorporated Africa-inspired printed wrap dresses and skirts in each of her collections because she believes that although a woman’s body may change, her desire to feel feminine and beautiful never wanes.

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In fact, her recent SS’16 showing during New York Fashion Week Africa on September 11th, 2015 featured rich colors, plunging necklines, and feminine silhouettes, and of course, the classic wrap dress and skirt.

As a wife and mother of three small children, Brown understands that the lives of women are demanding. There is a need to be able to quickly pull classic and comfortable pieces from their closets. The classic wrap dress and what Diane von Furstenberg calls a ‘portefeuille,’ or a wallet in French is definitely a staple on the runways of New York, as well as in high fashion collections like Onyii & Co.

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Photos: Antonella Alberti

To shop at Onyii & Co visit their online store here. Want more heritage-rich and luxurious pieces from the runway? Visit and register at this e-boutique Luxoic.


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