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The Cape Town Collection is serving up summer 2019’s hottest trends for the culturally confident king and queens. Check out the African-inspired styles that are sure to match your vibrant lifestyle. The collection is a culmination of asymmetric and keyhole necklines, bold prints, and intriguing silhouettes. Men shop the variety of African print shirts and pants ideal for vacation, and date night. Ladies, this collection runs the gamut of dresses, jumpsuits, skirts, and more. Heat up your wardrobe with these must-have summer looks!

The Cape Town Collection 2019 The Serwa Dress

Keep it cute and casual in our Serwa African Print Off-the-Shoulder Summer Dress, this season. It's the perfect outfit for your summer vacation and weekend getaway. Rock the laid-back look with sneakers or dress them up with sandals and strappy heels.

The Banjoko Joggers 

The Banjoko Unisex African Print Cotton Joggers make for the perfect culturally confident and chill look for your summer festivities. Rock the look with a plain white tee or solid colored top to complete the bold bottoms. They're ideal for the fashion-forward enthusiast on the go.

The Zari Skirt

Rock African print in style with our curve-hugging Zari Women's African Print Knee-Length Pencil Skirt. Ideal for the classic woman, rep your roots with this chic silhouette and bold print. You're bound to be best dressed from the office to the company party. Try pairing the look with our Sasha Bodysuit.

The Keyon Button-Up Shirt

Specially made for the fashion-forward gentleman, rock the Keyon Button-Up African Shirt, this summer. The versatile look can be paired with white pants or denim shorts. Make a statement this season in this culturally confident print.

The Jayla Skirt 

Our curve-hugging stretch fit Jayla Women's African Print Mini Skirt in pink and turquoise fans was made especially with you in mind. For the stylish woman on the go, this skirt provides flexibility for physical movement and day-to-night looks. Rock the Jayla to your next summer kickback or cocktail hour.

The Jide Shirt

Rock African print with a modern twist with our Jide Men's Short Sleeve Traditional Shirt, this summer. The short sleeve stretch fit button-up provides versatility for the stylish man on the go. Keep it casual with jeans or switch it up with your choice of dress pants.

The Azmera Dress

Sport African print in this contemporary style with our stretchy Azmera Women's African Print Knee-Length Fold over Dress in the green tortoise back. This chic style makes for the perfect summer look. Sport this trendy silhouette for vacation, cocktail hour, or your company party.

The Armani and Kahina Jumpsuit

 

The Armani and Kahina Women's African Print Sweetheart Jumpsuit is a must-have for summer's wedding season! Rock the versatile style as a wedding guest or at any special occasion. You are bound to turn heads in this stunning classy look.

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Summer Collection 2019 features must-have looks that will guarantee a boost in your resort wardrobe. The warmer months calls for a great escape with family, friends and even a baecation! Our fashion-forward culturally confident summer looks make for the ideal attire for a romantic getaway. Complement your better half all summer long rocking the hottest pieces of our bold looks that truly redefine #couplesgoals.


D'IYANU Summer Collection 2019 - YouTube
The Yellow and Blue Multi-stripe

The Debare Men's African Print Classic Fit Shorts and the Nida African Print Button-Down Skirt in the blue and yellow multi-stripe gives a new meaning to #summervibes. You’ll stand out among the crowd as the “it” couple at the summer day party.

The Orange and Navy Print

The versatile Farida Women's African Print Skort, Debare Men's African Print Classic Fit Shorts, and Banjoko Unisex African Print Cotton Joggers in orange and navy will be the highlight of your summer wardrobe. Rock the chill culturally confident looks for your next road trip.

The Purple and Pink Kente Print

For the fashion-forward couple that thrives as trendsetters, this is the print for you. Unique to our catalog, the purple and pink kente takes traditional print to the next level. For the ladies, rock the Bunmi Crop Top, Emi Slit Skirt, Farida Women's African Print Skort or the Zina Women’s Denim Shorts. Men, complement your lady with the Sefu Men’s African Tank Top to achieve the ultimate look for #couplesgoals.

The Navy and Brown Print

The Debare Men's African Print Classic Fit Shorts and Bunmi Crop Top with Emi Slit Skirt are a match made in heaven. It’s the perfect pair for a spin on a traditional look. For the couple that enjoys being laid back in style, this is the perfect match for you!

The Green Tortoise Back Print

It's the staple that your summer wardrobe has been missing. Rock African print in style with our high-waist denim shorts in green tortoise back ideal for day parties, music festivals, and beach outtings. For the couple that loves to party, rock the Zina Women’s Denim Shorts and Sefu Men’s African Tank Top in the green tortoise back print.

The Orange Tortoise Back Print

Take your relationship and traditional African print to the next level with the orange tortoise back print in the Sefu Men’s African Tank Top, Seun African Print Men’s Shirt, Efra Romper, and Ife Maxi Skirt. These looks are fit for the stylish couple on the go, as they all are great for versatility.

The Blue Pyramids Print

It’s not a vacation without a date night. Rock the Waseme Dress and Lekan Print to feel sexy for your intimate cocktail hour. Be confident in this contemporary take on traditional print. You’re bound to be the best dressed couple in the room in the blue pyramids print.

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The 2019 Summer Collection is heating up with a plethora of styles that are unique to the D’IYANU catalog thus far such as our shorts for men and women, jumpsuits, two-piece skirt sets, and more! The collection features a variety of multicolored bold prints ideal for the summer music festival, beach trip, and resort scene. Nevertheless, we stay true to our staple maxi dresses, wrap tops, and traditional button-ups. So, say goodbye to your mundane summer wardrobe. Join in on the summertime festivities all season long by dressing bold in these must-have culturally confident styles.

D'IYANU Summer Collection 2019 The Kahina Jumpsuit

The Kahina and Armani Women's African Print Sweetheart Jumpsuit is a must-have for summer's wedding season! Sport the look as a wedding guest or at any special occasion. You are bound to turn heads in this stunning classy look. The Banjoko Joggers The Banjoko Unisex African Print Cotton Joggers makes for the perfect culturally confident and chill get up for your summer festivities. Rock them with a plain white tee or solid colored top to complete the bold bottoms. They're ideal for the fashion-forward gentleman on the go.

The Banjoko Joggers

The Banjoko Unisex African Print Cotton Joggers makes for the perfect culturally confident and chill get up for your summer festivities. Rock them with a plain white tee or solid colored top to complete the bold bottoms. They're ideal for the fashion-forward gentleman on the go.

The Zina Shorts

It's the staple that your summer wardrobe has been missing. Rock African print in style with our high-waist Zina Denim Shorts ideal for day parties, music festivals, and girls' trips. Complete the look with a solid colored crop top for the ultimate #summervibes.

The Debare Shorts

The Debare Men's African Print Classic Fit Shorts gives a new meaning to cultural confidence. Stand out among the crowd at the roof top party rocking this uniquely bold look. Pair them with a white tee and sneakers for a polished yet laid back ensemble.

The Bunmi Top and Emi Skirt

Fit for the fashion-forward enthusiasts. The Bunmi Women's African Print Tie Front Crop Top scream AfroPunk and Coachella ready with the trendy top and its matching Eni Maxi Skirt with Slit. Who said that you can’t have the best of both worlds? Keep it traditional and stylish when rocking this fun classy look.

The Lekan Shirts

Inspired by traditional African attire, The Lekan Men's African Print Traditional Dress Shirt is the definition of the refined gentleman. The comfortable stretch woven shirt can be paired with dress pants or blue jeans to achieve the day to night look that your wardrobe has been missing.

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The 2019 D’IYANU Spring Collection features bold and vibrant prints that are guaranteed to spice up your wardrobe with culturally confident pieces. Pairing the featured patterns with existing items in your closet can seem like a challenge, but we’ve got you covered. Inspired by traditional African attire, our pieces are made to fit your contemporary style. Check out these styling tips to achieve a new spin on traditional African looks, this spring! 


How to Style Spring Collection 2019 - YouTube

The Subira Top 

The Subira Tops in the traditional kente and the pink/teal ditsy print can be worn directly from the office to date night or girl's night out. Style them with a pair of black trousers or skirt for professional occasions or white jeans for a more playful and lighter look. Rock our Nuri belt around the waist to achieve a distinct waistline with a touch of glam. Lastly, accessorize with your favorite pair of statement earrings and bracelet!  

The Ebele Dress 

The Ebele Dresses were made with you in mind. They are ideal for any body type and while they have their bold prints, they can easily be manipulated into your own style. Once again, you can substitute the sash for a fashion belt such as our Nuri belt. Accentuate your neckline by leaving a few buttons unopened with a chunky staple necklace. Jazz your look up with gold heels or sandals. Possibly make it more playful with low top sneakers. To top it all off, grab your favorite pair of sunglasses, jacket and purse with a pop of color! 

The Lina Pants 

The Lina Pants are fit for any body type and occasion. Style them with your choice of white sleeveless, strapless or short sleeve top to achieve a go-to casual look. Switch it up with a blouse or button down top and a chunky necklace that complements your preferred Lina Pants print. Grab a pair of chunky heels or mules for a brunch outing, church or work event.  

Celebrate your personal style by rocking D’IYANU, this spring. The versatile Ebele Dress, Lina Pants, and Subira Top can be easily incorporated into your day to day ensembles. The 2019 Spring Collection is fit for a queen. Feel like your authentic and regal self in our culturally confident styles all season long! 

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The 2019 Spring Collection evokes the refreshing season of bold prints and vibrant colors. As seeds sprout and flowers bloom, rep your roots in our African inspired prints that were made especially for you. Blossom into your best culturally confident self when rocking the new dress shirts and polos for men and the high-waist pants and dresses for women. Sport the versatile looks all season long for work, nightlife, and even Easter Sunday. 

Bold Prints & Vibrant Colors for Spring 2019 Ebele African Print Dress

The Ebele Dress screams spring in this polished A-line, below-the-knee length shirt dress. The Blue Pyramids and Pink paisley prints are timeless pieces that will be a reliable staple in your wardrobe, this season!

Tunde Men's Polo

Stand out this season and celebrate your culture with our Tunde Men's Polo in Blue Crown. Introducing our new African Printed Stretch French Terry fabric, this polo offers the wearer comfort and versatility, guaranteed to be your new go-to.

Subira Peplum Top

Flattering for every body type, the smart tailoring of our Subira Peplum Top in Pink/Teal Ditsy and Kente print allows sophistication with ease! Featuring a mock neck with bow tie back, this fresh and flirty top is ready for you to make a lasting fashion statement.

Meka African Print Shirt

Inspired by traditional African attire, our Meka Collared Henley is the ideal look for fashion forward gentleman seeking to spice up their work attire. Represent your heritage in a modern way with this handsome shirt that transitions from day to night. 

Dajan African Print Shirt

Look sharp in our Dajan African print shirt in Green Tortoise Back. Designed with a love for traditional prints, this shirt accommodates casual and professional occasions. Sport the look at any time, any place!

Lina Wide Leg Envelope Pants

Designed with you in mind, we love our Lina Wide Leg Envelope Pant in Blue Pyramids. Similar to paper bag pants, this pant has an optional fold-down or stand-up waistband for a more wearable style. Expect to be the center of attention with these show shopping trousers!   

Chidi African Print Shirt

Our Chidi African print shirt is the perfect garment to represent your heritage in a modern way! This elevated look features a complimenting solid contrast placket, collar and welt pocket. 

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Fourth in our series of Black Women Who Are Changing the World is Dream Hampton. You may have heard of her recently earth-shattering six-part documentary series, Surviving R. Kelly.

Filmmaker, writer, and organizer, Hampton has contributed to titles such as the Village Voice, Harper’s Bazaar, and NPR. An educator in more ways than one, Hampton is a Stanford University Professor, with a long relationship with rap music, which she has dubbed “revolutionary music”, culture, and the rights of women.

Hampton’s work has been critically celebrated for decades now, having won awards including an Emmy in the 90s for the Biggie episode of VH1’s Behind the Music. One of the first to focus critical attention on misogyny in hip-hop culture, Hampton is credited as one of few music writers to call out rapper, and now successful entrepreneur, Dr. Dre for his physical attack on hip hop video host (and woman) Dee Barnes, in a piece that she wrote for The Source while studying film. 

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Her calls for justice and attention on women have real world affects.

In the case of her work as Executive Producer of Surviving R. Kelly, which broke ratings records for the Lifetime network, we are presently seeing a nearly two decade history of abuse finally being addressed through legal action, as a result of the power of film - of art. The existence of Hampton’s documentary, and the emotional response it has garnered, has seemingly outweighed calls from parents as well as expose articles; ramping up legal proceedings and leading musicians to call for their collaborations with the docuseries’ subject to be removed from streaming services.

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Last in our series of black women who are changing the world is Angie Thomas, the New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give. Also a National Book Award winner, the debut release in the Young Adult fiction genre lead to massive levels of anticipation for the author’s follow-up novel.

What’s her story?

Photo Credit: Imani Khayyam for The Observer

Angie, a Missipi native who lives in the southern state to this day, was a victim of bullying in high school. It got bad enough that her mental health was affected, leading to her parents' decision to homeschool her. At this time, Thomas’ mother lost her job, and her family lived in what she refers to as crisis mode. Revisiting this time in her life, a time she remembers as the most traumatic, was a part of the creative process for beginning to write The Hate U Give. Thomas recounts this story and process in an interview with Tim Lewis of The Guardian. She also speaks of books as a tool for resistance.

It is noted that Thomas was a teen rapper and that she received a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree. Her pursuit of higher education and passion for rap music are evidently intertwined in her novels. Adapting rapper 2Pac’s “THUG LIFE”, a theory about “how the hate you give f***s everyone” for the title of her debut novel, Thomas explores trauma in the formative years; the loss of friends to cops as well as the community, and the process of grappling with that.

Another notable adaptation (used this time for the dialogue in the book) is “I Can’t Breathe”, the last words of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man murdered by the police as a result of an arrest for selling loose cigarettes, and later a call during protests against frequent, similar murders.

Conscious and proud of her infusion of hip hop culture into the worlds of her characters, Thomas has compared the main characters of her novels to 2Pac and Biggie; a reflection of communal versus personal motivation.

On the Come Up is the title of Thomas’ second novel. The book centers an aspiring female rapper. Is it an allusion to her own story? It’ll likely be explored. Read the book now to be a part of the conversation, and maybe gift a copy to a young adult or literary child in your life.

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As a part of our series on women who are changing the game, today we present Gennette Cordova, journalist, copywriter, and founder of Lorraine House - which serves to empower women through art, activism, and philanthropy, and is named for celebrated, Chicago born Lorraine Hansberry, of Raisin in the Sun fame.

A Google search of Cordova’s name reveals unwanted propulsion into the spotlight. Targeted by former Congressman Anthony Weiner in what has now come to be known as “Weinergate” (the controversial period after which the Congressman sent unsolicited personal photos to various women via outlets such as Twitter) and lead down a path that could have easily led to peaking in public persona as tabloid fodder, Cordova (a college student at the time) used her intelligence and inclination to string strong words together gracefully. Not only clearing her name, but introducing what would become her work to the world; prior to contributing text to Nike campaigns, or Huffington Post think pieces and interviews with other influential black women such as Angela Rye into the media sphere.

Cordova has been questioned ethically in write-ups for publications such as the Harvard Political Review, “For all I know, Cordova isn't being fully honest, maybe she sent something provocative to Weiner…”, even as her testimony is used as confirmation that Weiner “sought to transform informal online conversations and partisanship into sexually charged exchanges” However, Cordova’s professional presence, extending to the sphere of social media, has been nothing short of equitably and ethically focused, and through her words as well as her real-life activism, we are provided with a template of what it looks like to maintain ownership of who you are in public as well as private spheres; never subscribing to the theory that your name has or can become synonymous with the mistakes or suggestions of others.

(Main Image via Twitter.com/GNCordova)

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The next in our series of game changers is Reni Eddo-Lodge, a British writer and activist who, through addressing disinterest in dissecting privilege and the tendency to jump to anger and self-defense, despite the absence of anything to defend oneself from, has been able to start several conversations on the sort of gaslighting black people experience when relaying aggressions (micro as well as macro) to people who will never experience them.

Asked to speak at such prestigious locales as the Tate Modern’s bookstore for discourse on her award-winning book Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race (named for the 2014 blog post of the same title, which resulted in her book deal), Reni is exposing wide and varied audiences to the realities of structural racism in London, which reflects what Lodge called “Americancentric narratives” in a Sydney Morning Harold interview with contributor Kylie Northover.

 

Emma Watson Interviews Reni Eddo-Lodge - YouTube

Eddo-Lodge’s story is intricately tied to the power of consistency. She has said in many interviews that she did not have a heavily read blog when she wrote the now infamous essay, but after the heartbreak of looking to feminism for a community of people who held the same values and ideas, then quickly realizing that speaking her truth was related to divisiveness and bullying on her part (both in private spaces as well as in the context of the public sphere) she knew that this was not to be found amongst the UK’s white feminist and that something as inconsequential as acknowledgment that structural racism exists was not likely to come from people who refused to admit that they benefit from that structure, she had to get it out there.

In expanding the post to a book, she has offered actionable advice and information, especially to those in the bubble of “White feminism”, including paradigm shifting assignments like questioning whiteness in the same way you (a white feminist) would question the patriarchy. However, when it comes to being asked how to be a better ally, sometimes in tears, Eddo-Lodge shies away from handing down any proclamations, instead urging individuals to “learn from the person next to you”; encouraging communal engagement over what Eddo-Lodge has called hero worship.

Recognized by pop-culture born activists like Emma Watson, who selected Reni’s debut title as a book club selection, as well academic institutions like the British Royal Historical Society which, using Eddo-Lodge’s book as a springboard, composed a report on the inequities involved with how history is taught, Eddo-Lodge has a platform that could take her anywhere. We’re excited to find out where anywhere will be, and who else she’ll inspire on her way there.

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From Annie Malone, without whom Madame C.J. Walker would likely not have begun in the hair care industry, to Selma Burke, who sculpted the portrait of FDR that is officially credited to John Sinnock on the US Dime, black women have always been not only changing -  but in some cases creating the game.

This is true, not only in the case of looking back at history, but in looking at now, and what is to come of the future.

With that in mind, D’IYANU is introducing you to the five women listed below; change-makers you should know about. The impact they are making now as well as the impact that we’re excited to see them make in the near future, make them more than worthy of a follow (be it via social media, or in the ways you do that in real life, like reading their books, attending their panels, etc.) Intelligent, proactive, and inspiring, they are:

(Video via www.instagram.com/tadeyemibooks)

Tomi Adeyemi, a Nigerian American novelist who you may know for her novel, Children of Blood and Bone. A first pick for The Tonight Show’s book club, the young adult fantasy novel has appealed to the masses across age ranges, which is one of many reasons it is being called the new Harry Potter, or the black Harry Potter, depending on who you’re talking to.

A Harvard graduate and writer, as well as a San Francisco writing coach, Tomi grew up in the far suburbs just outside of the proper Chicago city limits. She went on to study West African culture and mythology in Salvador, Brazil, where she’d learn about things like the Orisha; a strong component to ...Blood and Bone, which is expected to be the seed of a trilogy series.

Prior to the book even being published, Adeyemi was rewarded with a movie deal, and as her novel takes place in a mythical African land, it has garnered comparisons to another popular work of fiction, Black Panther. Will we hear her name at award season next year? It’s more than likely.

(Image via ToniAdeyemi.com)

Adeyemi has already been named a Nebula awards finalist, alongside filmmaker Boots Reily (Sorry to Bother You) and musician Janelle Monae. All three have become, in whatever span of time, popular arbiters of complex art that could be most easily compartmentalized into the category of Afrofuturism; a subset but also distinctively unique branch of science fiction, a medium perfect for telling the stories of minorities and celebrated at Nebula. 

Masculinity unattached from the toxic and a focus on the medium of fiction as a way to spread the message are intentional elements of the writer’s stories, she’s said of the novel, “If we’re being honest, the type of person who is going to sit down and read a thesis on race in America… is most likely not the type of person who is our problem.” Looking back on the outrage from some viewers over the presence of black actors in the film version of The Hunger Games, one of the events that motivated the writing of ...Blood and Bone, Adeyemi said to Ja’Han Jones of the Huffington Post, “I hadn’t even connected that to all of the problems we had… to see people who were so distracted by the presence of blackness that it ruined the movie for them - I was like, ok, I’m gonna get you.”

The next book in the series, Children of Virtue and Vengeance, is set for release June 4th.

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