AshakaGivens

ASHAKA GIVENS

Brooklyn, New York 105 Sales On Etsy since 2014

5 out of 5 stars (22)

AshakaGivens

ASHAKA GIVENS

Brooklyn, New York | 105 Sales

Ashaka Givens

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Ashaka Givens

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5 out of 5 stars
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  • Ariene on Oct 31, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    It’s perfect! Love it some much and so did my friend. Sharing it everyone I know, thank you!

  • Cerene Prince on Oct 30, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    More beautiful in-person. Ashaka Givens communicated with me from beginning to end. Will definitely purchase from this merchant again!

  • Ada Alexander on Oct 29, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    I love this item it is beautifully made and the most important thing about it is it has African American woman on it.. 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

  • Charlene Polite Corley on Oct 26, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    I have always loved the classic look of a cameo and this twist featuring a strong, modern, silhouette was finally the perfect excuse to add one to my collection. It's gorgeous and will be a new staple.

  • LoveIsDope on Oct 25, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    I ordered this gorgeous brooch in green and I adore it! It’s elegant, regal, and just beautiful. I get tons of compliments when I wear it. Also, Ashaka is very timely and professional. My brooch arrived right on time.

About AshakaGivens

Sales 105
On Etsy since 2014

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Women's Wear Daily wrote it best when describing the Ashaka Givens collection in 2003: "slinky and seventies a la Halston with a dash of bohemia." The fashion trade magazine subsequently bestowed on Givens a "most promising designer" nod at her last Mercedes Benz Fashion Week runway show in 2005 for her sleek red carpet-ready looks, placing the Rochester, New York native on their "Ones to Watch" list. And a wide cross-section of tastemakers took note: The Roots' funky drummer ?uestlove; singer Raphael Saadiq; rapper/actor Common, and Kenyan artist Wangechi Mutu, to name a few who have commissioned one-of-a-kind pieces from Givens.

Givens' love affair with fashion began in high school where she intuitively taught herself how to design women's clothing and produced her own runway shows. She went on to study fashion design at Buffalo State College and spent a leg of her time there as a student at the Manchester Metropolitan University in England. It was abroad where she honed her tailoring techniques and studied couture design. Givens further developed her signature style think "funk-meets-sophistication" at the Fashion Institute of Technology, graduating with the class of 1996.

Upon graduating, Givens began designing custom pieces for her first major client, Erykah Badu, who she met in New York City in 1996 at the brink of her musical career. She began dressing the singer for events such as the Grammys, music videos, international tours, and live television performances. Badu, then a rising music sensation, big screen star and fashion plate, landed on best-dressed lists across the country, crediting Givens along the way. When Badu exclaimed to People magazine that Givens "has the best fit on the planet," the endorsement marked Givens' arrival on red carpets the nation over. Several years later Rosario Dawson echoed Badus' sentiment telling the designer that she loves the spirit embodied in her pieces.

Since, her celebrity clientele has grown to include singer Angie Stone, TLC, Floetry, actress Annabella Sciorra, Les Nubians, and many more. In 2006 Givens expanded her women's ready-to-wear line to include bridal and special occasion dressing. She debuted her first bridal gowns during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and stated: "In the spirit of my women's wear line, I want my brides' gowns to reflect their individuality. Wangechi Mutu, known in the art world for her originality, paid me a gracious compliment at her wedding saying that she loved her gown so much she intended to preserve it in order to pass it down to her daughter one day." That timeless elegance has enabled her to build a solid fan base comprised of fashionistas, magazine editors, stylists, musicians, artists and actors.

After a four-year hiatus, Givens has returned to do what she loves best: making women feel beautiful, sensual and powerful in her chic goddess-like creations. With a love for draping the female form in sumptuous fabrics, bold colors and sensual silhouettes, Givens is back. And women will be all the better for it.

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