Established in New York City in 2009, designer Loza Maléombho relocated her brand (of the same name) to Côte d’Ivoire in 2012, where its production now takes place. With a multicultural upbringing spanning Brazil, Côte d’Ivoire, and the United States, Loza Maléombho infuses her collections with a unique perspective and a celebration of cultural diversity.
At Loza Maléombho, each silhouette embodies the paradox of the old and the new, fusing cultural heritage with a futuristic vision. The brand collaborates with skilled artisans, including shoemakers, weavers, and bronze workers, who have honed their crafts for generations. By incorporating their traditional trades, Loza Maléombho creates collections that pay homage to Ivorian tribal aesthetics while embracing the urban style of New York City.
Driven by a desire for meaningful impact, Loza Maléombho uses her self-titled brand as a platform for social commentary and empowerment. Through her captivating Alien Edits series, she sparks conversations and cultivates pride by combining historical references, lookbooks, still life, travel, and street style. Her awe-inspiring selfies have become an art form, reflecting her commitment to raising awareness and allowing others to express their beliefs.
Loza Maléombho's dedication to social impact extends beyond her creative expressions. The brand employs and trains young women from challenging backgrounds in her Abidjan workshop, providing them with meaningful employment opportunities. Additionally, Loza Maléombho collaborates with local artisans to create her popular sandals and Akan-inspired jewellery, promoting socio-economic empowerment.
As a global sensation, Loza Maléombho has garnered recognition and admiration from renowned figures such as Solange Knowles and Vogue Italia's Scouting for Africa initiative. Her collections have received acclaim for their intricate details, rope-detailed structured jackets, and androgynous yet joyful designs. Discover the captivating world of Loza Maléombho on ADJOAA, where each piece embodies a harmonious blend of tradition, modernity, and cultural pride.