Designer: Assane Coly, 47

Dakar, Senegal

"Life for me was very family oriented. My first family, immediate family, and second family were all my neighbors. So I was able to gain life's education through them all. 

My grandmother instilled in me principles of working hard, she gave me encouragement which allow me to open my mind to learning new things with a "do it yourself" attitude. 

My inspiration was sparked from the bands I played in, wanting to make clothes and share ideas from things that I saw.

I taught myself how to make clothes when I was a teen. 

My mission has always been to share the rich culture of Africa and give life to the Spirit of Afrobeats visually.