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At­lanta is home to an ar­ray of African de­sign­ers whose in­spired goods in­ject vi­brancy and vi­vac­ity into any wardrobe. These shops are our go-tos for high style and bold color.

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There’s no bet­ter feel­ing than buy­ing some­thing beau­ti­ful while also sup­port­ing a small busi­ness that makes a real dif­fer­ence in the world. And that’s just what you’ll feel when you pur­chase a gar­ment from The Bombchel Fac­tory. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from the Ge­or­gia In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (Ge­or­gia Tech), Archel Bernard (pic­tured right) moved to Mon­rovia, Liberia, and set out to change lives. Bernard started The Bombchel Fac­tory, which em­ploys an all-woman staff of Ebola sur­vivors, rape vic­tims and the deaf. Find sexy, flir­ta­tious and state­ment ankara pieces, in­clud­ing flowy crop tops, mini skirts, maxi skirts, dresses, neck­laces and more. www.shop­bom­bchel.com


From large totes to shoul­der bags, African de­signer and for­mer model Alexan­dria Alli’s line of brightly hued purses are a per­fect com­ple­ment to the ankara de­signs on this list. Priced mod­estly for shapes and de­tails usu­ally at­tached to heftier price tags, Alli’s de­signs range from en­er­getic pur­ples to deep reds to or­anges and even metal­lic shades, in­clud­ing sil­ver, rose gold and rose white. Two-tone totes of­fer a vin­tage feel to the mod­ern bags, which are all leather and made to keep the busy woman or­ga­nized and on the go. www.fw­style.com


This lo­cal gem is the brain­child of Yvonne Ghy­selinck Pearson, an African-Euro­pean de­signer who spe­cial­izes in ac­ces­sories and ready-to-wear fash­ion. Find blaz­ers, peplum blouses, maxi skirts, vo­lu­mi­nous crop tops and ever-pop­u­lar maxi dresses. We can’t get enough of Pearson’s dra­matic capes (pic­tured be­low), which can be worn in a num­ber of ways to achieve the same jaw-drop­ping re­sult. www. shop­me­lange­mode.com


Char­lene Dun­bar’s gor­geous line com­bines the sto­ried tra­di­tion of ankara with mod­ern, clean-lined sil­hou­ettes. The vi­brant pat­terns in the Spring col­lec­tion are just ask­ing to be mixed and matched for head-to-toe vi­brancy. For the con­tem­po­rary fash­ion­ista who prefers an all-black power out­fit, pops of ankara can be added with Suakoko Betty’s clutches and bags. www.suakoko­betty.com

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