Under the leadership of Ghanaian born natives and Pan-Africanists, Nana Poku (CEO) and Kwaku Awuah (President), 54 Kingdoms is an apparel and accessory company that brings the Pan-African creative, history and culture to the doorstep of global fashion. The name 54 Kingdoms has a significant meaning; the number ‘54’ symbolizes the total number of countries in Africa, when the company was established and the word ‘Kingdoms’ signifies that each and every African country is a part of a larger kingdom spanning overseas to include the African Diaspora.
54 Kingdoms’ mission is to interweave and promote Pan-African history and stories through fashion by creating pieces tailored to the relevancy and appeal of its consumers. At 54 Kingdoms, it’s not just about dressing to IMPRESS, but to also EXPRESS culture, pride and identity, hence our motto ‘It’s a Kulture, not a Brand.’
Over the years, 54 Kingdoms has not only utilized fashion as a vehicle to promote Pan-African history and heritage, but to also echo the importance of African unity. Through this medium, 54 Kingdoms has spoken at many dynamic academic institutions on various topics relating to the continent. Company owners, Nana and Kwaku have given talks at several prestigious universities including, but not limited to Yale University, New York University, Columbia University, Pace University and City College of New York.
Source of Inspiration
We are inspired by a lot of things: Pan-African history and stories, the natural and environmental beauty of the African Diaspora along with its different cultures. Most importantly, learning inspires us. They say, knowledge is power, and they never lied. The more we learn, the more we discover. Every design at 54 Kingdoms has a significant connection to the overall product and the consumer wearing it. Some call it “knowledgeable fashion”.
Latest Collection: ANANSE
The Ananse collection boasts 54 Kingdoms’ mantra of interweaving Pan-African culture and Western fashion style to create a seamless integration. The collection highlights designs inspired by unique treasures from East Africa (Kenya & Tanzania) to the classic history of Caribbean migration to Great Britain, and many more. Current pieces launched from the Ananse collection include Maasai for women and Tilbury pants for men.