Here are all the Africans on the 2023 BOF 500 list.
In the ever-evolving world of fashion, the Business of Fashion’s (BOF) annual BOF 500 list
is a testament to the industry’s dynamism.
It showcases the creatives who are influencing and shaping the global fashion landscape.
encompassing designers, retailers, models, photographers, and more.
This year, a group of talented Africans have earned their well-deserved spots on the prestigious 2023 BOF 500 list
celebrating their contributions to the ever-vibrant fashion world.
BURNA BOY: THE AFRO-BEAT MAESTRO
Nigerian afro-beat sensation Burna Boy has been taking the music world by storm for years
But now he’s also making waves in the fashion scene.
His unique style is often a fusion of traditional African prints with modern streetwear
has caught the attention of fashion enthusiasts worldwide.
and he is widely considered one of the most stylish men in not just Nigeria but Africa as a whole.
Burna Boy’s charisma and boundary-pushing fashion choices
have earned him a place on the BOF 500 list, proving that music and fashion can go hand in hand.
YINKA ASH: PIONEER OF NIGERIAN STREET LUXURY
Yinka Ash, the visionary behind the Nigerian street luxury brand “Ashluxe,”
is another standout on the list.
As a luxury retailer and entrepreneur, Yinka Ash has not only successfully blended streetwear aesthetics
with high-end fashion but has also played a pivotal role
in putting Nigerian fashion on the global map.
His brand’s unique designs and commitment to branding
have garnered recognition and admiration from fashion connoisseurs worldwide.
ADEJU THOMPSON: AVANT-GARDE VISIONARY
Adeju Thompson, the creative mind behind the avant-garde brand “Lagos Space Programme”
has consistently pushed the boundaries of fashion.
Known for innovative designs that challenge conventional norms.
Thompson’s work speaks to the bold and fearless spirit of contemporary African fashion.
Inclusion on the BOF 500 list acknowledges Thompson’s contribution to pushing the envelope in fashion design.
GABRIEL MOSES: THE UK-BASED PHOTOGRAPHER AND FILM-MAKER
Gabriel Moses, a UK-based photographer and filmmaker of Nigerian descent
has made a name for himself through his captivating visual storytelling.
His work for the likes of Adidas, Dior and Burberry
not only captures the essence of fashion
but also sheds light on the cultural nuances and stories within the African diaspora.
Moses’s ability to bring forth diverse narratives through his lens is a testament to his artistry and creativity.
AMA QUASHIE: NAIL ART EXTRAORDINAIRE
From across the Atlantic comes Ama Quashie, a UK-based Ghanaian nail artist
who has been creating waves with her intricate and imaginative nail designs.
Quashie’s work has become a staple in the fashion world
adorning the nails of numerous celebrities and fashion icons.
Her inclusion in the BOF 500 list showcases the growing recognition of nail art as an integral part of the fashion industry.
THEBE MAGUGU: SOUTH AFRICAN DESIGNER ON THE RISE
Thebe Magugu, a South African designer, continues to impress the fashion world
with his innovative and culturally rich collections.
His unique approach to design incorporates elements of his South African heritage.
creating pieces that are both visually striking and deeply meaningful.
Magugu’s presence on the BOF 500 list highlights the growing prominence of African designers on the global stage.
ELIZABETH ISIORHO: THE MODELING MAVEN
Beth Model Management’s founder, Elizabeth Elohor Isiorho
has been instrumental in reshaping the modeling industry in Africa.
Her agency has provided a platform for African models to shine.
breaking barriers and challenging beauty standards.
Isiorho’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in modeling is a driving force behind her recognition on the BOF 500 list.
CLINT 419: THE STREETWEAR TRAILBLAZER
CLINT 419, the founder of the fast-rising UK-based streetwear brand “Corteiz,”
is rewriting the rules of fashion with his unique streetwear creations.
His brand has gained a dedicated following for its edgy and distinctive designs
making him a rising star in the fashion world.
CLINT 419’s presence on the BOF 500 list underscores the growing influence of streetwear in the broader fashion landscape.
In conclusion, the 2023 BOF 500 list celebrates
the incredible diversity of talent in the global fashion industry
and these African creatives have rightfully earned their spots on this prestigious list.
From musicians and designers to photographers and model managers
they are shaping the fashion world in their own unique ways
and inspiring others to embrace the rich tapestry of African culture and creativity.
Their inclusion is a testament to the ever-expanding influence of African fashion
on the global stage, and we can’t wait to see what they’ll accomplish next.