Founder and Creative Director - Ozwald Boateng
Celebrating over 25 years in fashion, Ozwald Boateng conceived a new silhouette and palette for international menswear; creating a concept of style and luxury for men not previously envisaged but desired by men everywhere. Always the revolutionary, Ozwald Boateng’s collections now see an evolution into womenswear and lifestyle.
Previously holding the position of Creative Director at Givenchy Homme. He began making bespoke suits in the 1980’s and is widely credited with introducing Savile Row tailoring to a new generation. In 1994, he was the first tailor to stage a catwalk show in Paris during Paris Fashion week. Boateng’s many clients include Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Daniel Day Lewis, Russell Crowe, Jude Law, Forest Whitaker, Spike Lee, and Mick Jagger.
He was recently awarded an honorary degree for ‘ An Outstanding Contribution to the clothing and Fashion industries’, Named as one of the Most Influential Londoners by the Evening Standard and awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2006 Queen's New Year's Honours.
Teamed with receiving the prestigious Harvard University Veritas Award for his pioneering career achievements in the fashion industry and for being an outstanding catalyst for global socio-economic development, particularly throughout the continent of Africa.
Ozwald Boateng co founded Made In Africa Foundation, in 2011 alongside Kola Aluko and Atlantic Energy. The Made In Africa Foundation started the first “Africa Rising '' campaign in 2007 with coordination of the closing event at the 50th AU Conference in Ghana on the invitation of President John Kufour in front of 53, Presidents.
Made In Africa advised U.K. ministers Gordon Brown, George Osborne, David Milliband and Baroness Shriti Vadera on Africa. Made In Africa advised several African governments on rapid development of the continent and launched Africa’s first infrastructure fund with President Donald Kaberuka of African Development Bank with the $2bn Africa50 fund launched at Nasdaq.