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Kìléntár, an fashion brand launched by British-Nigerian Designer Michelle Adepoju, aims to showcase and celebrate the feminine elegance and fierceness that is deeply rooted in African history. The brand creates timeless designs that not only reflect the rich cultural heritage of Africa, but also embrace modern fashion aesthetics.
Drawing inspiration from elements from various time periods and cultures across Africa, Kìléntár bridges the gap between traditional African designs and contemporary fashion. Working closely with skilled weavers, dyers and other skilled hands, Kìléntár promotes artisanal excellence with designs reflective of forgotten histories. From Nigeria to Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire and beyond, Kìléntár channels generations of African techniques such as traditional dyeing and weaving methods to create one-of-a-kind garments displaying modern femininity, to ensure that our African traditional craft and heritage lives on. Kìléntár has been recognised by publications such as Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan, CNN, The Cut, and many more.
Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Michelle Adepoju grew up with Nigerian parents who cherished their traditions and instilled a deep connection to her rich Yoruba culture
After graduating, she embarked on a journey that led her to Nigeria, where she immersed herself in the diverse cultures of West African countries like Burkina Faso, Togo, Senegal, and Ivory Coast.
During her travels, Michelle was deeply inspired by the passion and mastery of artisans, who had inherited their craftsmanship through generations.
In 2019, fuelled by her experiences and wanderlust, she founded the Kìléntár brand, which was officially established in 2020. It's a tribute to the artistry of these skilled craftsmen, reimagining their work through modern design. Michelle's mission is to celebrate the elegant and feminine silhouette, inviting people on a unique journey through West Africa via the world of fashion."