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31 Days. 31 Women. 31 Profiles of Success: Gayima Kanu of Amyang Fashun

Gayima Kanu of Amyang Fashun

Gayima Kanu, photo courtesy of Kinky Koku and captured by Melissa Blemur

Talk about #BlackGirlMagic, Gayima Kanu of Amyang Fashun, along with her sisters are building a fashion house connected to their roots. The brand infuses vibrant colors and African fabrics into pieces that you’d love to wear. I got my first taste after working with Kenisha Salvary, Ms. Trinidad and Tobago UN 2015; whom they dressed during her campaign. From there, curiosity got the best of me; I had to see their pieces live and in living color at the Color Rich Styling Showcase.

As a part of National Women’s Small Business Month I had the opportunity to ask Gayima a few questions. Enjoy!

IsokeMK: You create many professional silhouettes in African fabrics, how important is it to Amyang for African American professionals to embrace the culture and incorporate it into their professional lives?

Gayima Kanu: In professional settings, it is not easy to work as an African American without immediately attracting attention. Sometimes the attention can be overwhelming and uncomfortable.  One of our head designer’s work history includes working in corporate in a mid-level management position.  Her daily experience in that environment motivated her to work with her team to create timeless pieces that incorporate African Textiles but still deliver professionalism. We believe that high quality items should be worn in a professional environment, so we have created pieces that fall in line with that standard. Amyang Fashun is the ideal brand for young working professionals.  We continue to create with the African American professional in mind.

IMK: If you had to choose ANY celeb, who’d make you melt if they rocked an Amyang creation?  

GK: Solange would collectively make our entire team melt!  She is one of the most talented fashion icons of our time.  She presents herself as someone who moves to the beat of her own drum, not caught up in current trends, but in the beauty and art of fashion.

IMK: What advice would you like to offer to women on their journey to build their empires?

GK: Be true to yourself.  Building an empire worth building takes time, but if it’s your passion, you won’t notice the time, especially as your business becomes successful.  There will be hard times, however, because it’s your passion, you will weather the storm.

IMK: What’s next for you and your business?

GK: We are just winding down our run of showcasing our latest collection in the DMV area, NJ, and New York. We are excited at the vast growth of our network, new clients, and new collaborative opportunities. In the meantime, become a member of the Amyang Circle of Style.  Our members receive exclusive offers, invitations to special events and more. 2016 is going to be an even bigger year for us.  Join us for the ride; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Photos credit:

  • Sallay & Vicrina of Vicrina EnVogue at Afropunk: Captured by photographer Tyler Joe for Elle.com
  • Sallay in the Trio Scarf: Captured by photographer Etherproductions 33 Photography
  • All of the others in the slide show were captured by StampDMV Photography.
IsokeMK is the Executive Editor of Empire Life Magazine and owner of Masani. From Detroit, now residing in metro DC, IsokeMK is a fashionable entrepreneur, with a love for all things fashion, business and marketing. @isokeMK on Instagam, Twitter and Facebook.

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