Finding African clothing for your little one can some time require some serious searching on google or tracking down an African themed market close to your area. This is especially true if you live in America, Europe and Asia as part of the Diaspora. To help you out in finding lovely clothes for your children we've put together a list of wonderful children's fashion shops selling African inspired designs.
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Isossy Children, (UK)
Isossy Children sells a range of kids clothing online influenced by African & Asian textiles . Their contemporary collection contains a range of cute girls and boys clothing.
SLICE by C.A.K.E, (US)
The fashion line from the African culture center Culture of Africa for Kids Everywhere (C.A.K.E). They make and sell African inspired clothes and gifts for today's Afropolitan kids.
Ruff 'n' Tumble, (Nigeria)
Ruff 'n' Tumble is Nigeria's leading clothing brand for children and teens. Founder, Adenike Ogunlesi, started the business out her need to make pyjamas for her children. The brand now has 15 branch locations nationwide.
Africa Imports, (USA)
Africa Imports is your mall for all things African. From African fabrics to to African artwork - they've got you covered. Their children's clothing section offers a fun & stylish selection of diashikis, brocade & batik outfits for boys & girls.
Ubuntu Wear, (Netherlands)
Ubuntu Wear is an urban African inspired brand based in Rotterdam, Netherlands. They make some fantastic unisex dutch wax print pants for children. They sell out quite quickly so contact them to know about availability.
Adorably African, USA
Another shop on the Etsy plaftorm, Adorably African is an African children's clothing line based in Washington DC that specialises in print designs. They offer everything from baby wrap slings, dresses, skirts and outfits for toddlers.
Fresh and Different (UK)
Here's a wonderful shop from another friend of the Bino & Fino show Halima. 'Fresh and Different is the home of cross-cultural fashion with a conscious. Established in 2013 it seeks to promote and showcase beautiful world prints by elegantly tailoring and interpreting them into high quality, fashionable yet easy to wear gems, that injects a dash of style and colour into any wardrobe. It is the brain child of London based entrepreneur Halima Hosh. Fresh and Different came from a love of printed textiles and combines them with a special take on London urban chic and elegance. That forms the core aesthetic of Fresh and Different. This also informs the conscious behind the label with its main production line based in the Continent of Africa. Fresh and Different seeks to promote local craftsmanship on a global stage.'
Culture Apparel, (US)
An online shop for Afro-centric clothing that has been in business since 2002. They offer a wide selection of African outfits for mainly adults but do a few cute African inspired outfits for kids too.
Kelechi Fashion, (Netherlands)
Kelechi Fashion is an African clothing retailer based in Zaanstad, Netherlands. Fashion designer and mum, Lara Mulder Anyanwu, designs these very cute African inspired clothing wear and apparel for kids and adults.
For information on stock and availability you can reach Lara at email@example.com
Facebook page here
Grace & Elie, (US)
Grace & Elie is an African inspired children's brand on a journey to experiment with different colour combinations & distinctive patterns. They provide an adorable selection of stuffed toy elephants, bibs, dresses, bow ties and accessories for kids.
Shakara Babies, (UK)
Wonderfully handmade baby dresses made from African ankara fabric. Borrowing it's name from the Yoruba word 'shakara' which means to show off, Shakara Babies believe that designs for baby clothing should equally be as exciting & vibrant as adult clothing..
Shellsbell Kids, (US)
Shellsbells Kids is a fun African clothing retailer based in the U.S . Their unique blend of African and American kids fashion with vibrant ankara inspired silk, chiffon, & sequin dresses for girls are absolutely adorable!
Z by Ozi, (US)
Z by Ozi is a fun African clothing retailer where fun meets fashion. They design stylish kente print and ankara dresses for both girls and dolls.
Thumb & Pinky ( USA )
Thumb & Pinky is another one that was brought to our attention. It's run by Jane Robinson who is based in Chicago. Here's how she describes her shop on Etsy. 'Thumb & Pinky is ready for Spring and Summer! You'll find African wax print boy's shirts and girl's skirts that can really handle the heat. Be sure and check out the modern and playful Marimekko print vests, girl's tunics, skirts and sundresses. These clothes are perfect for your stylish kid!'
Happy Village (USA)
THREEafrica ( USA )
Here's what THREEafrica have to say about their shop. 'On the surface, we are a small non-profit business that sells interesting and unique clothing, but as you explore this site you will find out that we're a lot more than just a store. At its core, THREEafrica is a fair trade non-profit organization that helps provide access to education and employment for young Malawian women. 100% of profits from everything we sell goes directly into educational funds to provide these young women with a secondary education. '
We don't have much information about Oonaloo but we do know they're based in London.
Li Li's Creations, USA
Li Li's Creations in an African inspired clothing boutique on Etsy. Naturalista and designer Malacia N. Anderson makes these beautiful dresses that also come in children sizes if requested.
Aisu Kids London, UK
Beautiful, handmade African inspired children's clothing and accessories for ages 0-9 years for both boys and girls. Made with love from their London studio.
A new clothing line that do fun African print clothing for kids with a huge following of South African mummies.
We're definitely going to do our best to have fun with fashion styles in the new episodes of Bino and Fino.
I hope you liked the list. We'll do our best to keep updating it. Let us know of any other shops we should mention.