Explore

Meet The Woman Behind The Black-Owned Luxury Brand KoshieO

By Parker Diakite

Share

KoshieO is a luxury everyday wear that combines Ethnic inspired prints with contemporary designs. 

Its logo is the silhouette of a traditional African woman carrying a baby on her back and a load of goods on her heads.  And it’s exactly what the company’s founder Nina Baksmaty wanted.

Instagram | @koshieo

“The logo symbolized all women who deftly and successfully combines parenting, housekeeping, and breadwinning,” according to the company’s website.  “This symbolizes our mothers, wives,  aunties, daughter, nieces, and granddaughters.”

The Company’s Founder

Born and raised in Ghana, Nina was exposed to elegance and fashion by her mother Goody, who she said was an outstanding fashion designer of her time.

Nina Baksmaty Instagram |@koshieo

Mentored by the Editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia, the Late Franca Sozzani, Nina got the opportunity to sharpen her skill set by learning from an iconic leader in her field, which helped her to pioneer one of the fastest-growing ethnic-inspired brands in present-day.

While in school at the University of Missouri where she studied Biology,  she began trading in shoes and bags to her peers between New York and the Midwest area.

It was through this that she realized her extreme passion for fashion and business. That passion is what birthed the KoshieO fashion brand.

Instagram | @koshieo

“The KoshieO brand was designed in order to bring new life to everyday wear,” she said. “Our luxury fabrics combined with a hint of vibrant ethnic-inspired symbolism give a custom feel to everyday fashion pieces required for the modern lifestyle”.

And her brand is not just for women.  She also has items for men, including Kente print pocket squares, blouses, and scarves.

Photo courtesy of KoshieO

In a recent interview with Shoppe Black, Nina said that she hopes to expand distribution into stores both nationally and internationally in the next five years.

You can find her pieces online, and in cities including, Washington D.C., Detroit, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, and Accra.

Share
Travel Noire

Parker Diakite

Want more?

Get exclusive, unpublished tips from Travel Noire's CEO to help you get off the beaten path, into the hearts of locals and onto a better, more cultured life.

From Napa To Santiago, Here Are The Best Places To Travel Solo In 2020

From Napa To Santiago, Here Are The Best Places To Travel Solo In 2020

Traveling solo comes with a host of benefits. From having the freedom and flexibility to create your own itineraries to boosting your sense of independence and self-reliance, traveling on your own is an empowering way to explore the world. If you are ready to embark on this adventure, here are a few places to consider. […]

Leah Freeman-Haskin

How A Trip To Accra Inspired Deijha To Trade Her 8 Year Career In NYC For A Food Truck Business In Ghana

How A Trip To Accra Inspired Deijha To Trade Her 8 Year Career In NYC For A Food Truck Business In Ghana

A trip to Accra with a childhood friend back in 2015 is what sparked Deijha’s interest to relocate to Ghana. “When I first stepped off the plane, I was just so amazed by the welcoming atmosphere and just the culture,” she said.  Four years later,  Deijha decided to take a leap of faith and traded […]

Parker Diakite

Everything You Need To Know About Osu: Accra’s Popping Night Scene

Everything You Need To Know About Osu: Accra’s Popping Night Scene

There’s so much to love about Accra, Ghana – including its nightlife. One area that attracts both locals and visitors to its night scene is the area called Osu. The area is known for its restaurants, clubs, street food, casinos, clubs, and lounges. The majority of these activities are centered on Oxford Street – the […]

Parker Diakite