Kafayat Tomi Giwa, founder of Ankara Crowns, was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her parents are very fashionable Nigerians. When she decided to start her business, she hoped to create wearable items that incorporated her culture and flair. She wanted to make clothes that wearers could mix into any wardrobe. Her desire was to sew clothing that buyers could wear daily in very casual ways. Whenever her mom styled my hair with "irun kiko" the teasing was agonizing and relentless! But that push is what made Giwa want to start a brand that would lift up her cultural heritage while acknolwedging the clash between her “Americanness” and her culture. At one point, Giwa felt like wearing anything that was African, no matter how much she loved it, was not worth the tears. She can now express her “Africanness” with her black-owned clothing brand, Ankara Crowns.
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