Meet The Designer
Anita Quansah London is one of the luxury accessories brands in the UK.
Evolving from her fascinating background as a textile designer and jewellery curator, Anita Quansah set up her own accessories label in 2006 after obtaining a textile degree from Chelsea College of Art and Design London. Which has quickly grown into a much admired and coveted collection which are works of art in itself.
Anita is a living embodiment of her soul signature. She strongly believes, her main purpose in this world is to honour her creativity and to use her creative genius, and soul signature to magnificently serve and inspire others.
Not only is she from a highly diverse mixed background Nigerian, Ghanaian and British, she’s also from a traditional; African family who have been in the creative industry for many generations, designing and making traditional attires out of handwoven and embellished textiles for the political leaders, kings, queens and traditional rulers of Igbo Land of Eastern Nigeria. Using her own influences from her African/British background, Anita has created pieces which are unique and distinctive, showing a true flair for combining cultural inspirations with wearable, statement pieces which are not only beautiful to behold but also have their own stories behind them.
Far from conventional, each piece in the Anita Quansah London collection is made using different elements such as traditional and rare African materials, semi-precious stones as well as pieces of vintage jewellery in order to create new and exciting pieces. Unlike other jewellery collections, each piece from Anita Quansah London is handmade, unique and has a fascinating story behind the design and creation process, giving the wearer the feeling of exclusivity, luxury and knowing that each item is made with a passion for the craft.
Anita has worked in the fashion industry for a number of years with a wide range of designers including Christian Lacroix, Diane Von Furstenberg, DKNY, Victoria’s Secret and textiles Weisbrod Zurrer and Sandy Starkman.
Following the launch of the brand, she has gained international recognition within the industry thanks to appearances in renowned publications such as Elle and Vogue editions from all over the world, CNN, Wall Street International Magazine, French Glamor, Essence, Flux, Candid, New African Fashion and the Independent. Showcased internationally at exhibitions and events such as Pitti Immagine Florence Italy, ICFF New York, LFDW Nigeria, LFW, Maison et Objet, TexPrint London, Altaroma in Italy with ITC, Ethical Fashion Initiative, Vogue Talent Dubai and Milan with Vogue Italia.
Exhibited at the "Made By, Worn By" exhibition, at Museum Volkenkunde Leiden, Netherlands. "Bead Art from Africa" exhibition, at Museum Rietberg, Zurich. "Common Thread", Exhibition with Crafts Council & Creative Debuts, London
This reputation as a celebrated luxury women’s accessory designer has earned Anita Quansah London a dedicated following, including celebrities and fashion icons such as Keisha Buchanan, Alicia Keys, Thandie Newton and others.
She has also won numerous awards such as “Best Accessory Designer of the year” at the prestigious Fashion Finest Awards and GUBA Awards. In November 2013, 2014 Anita won Outstanding Accessories Designer of the year at the AFI awards in South Africa. In 2015 she won Vogue Italia’s “Who Is on Next” Dubai, with Emaar Dubai and Dubai Mall.
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Excuse my facial expression. I’m calculating constantly. Every step has to be precise and asymmetrical. I know every single bead quantity, and materials used in my work. Even down to how many times I’ve wrapped a yarn onto a piece. For a girl that didn’t do so great in maths at school, I use maths daily in my creative process. Did I say I love my job? Leave me with a great podcast or music, then my soul and hands are overjoyed. • • • • • #anitaquansahlondon #designer #workmood #lovemyjob #creativityismything #shoemaking #handmadeshoes #allhandmade #imadeitmyself #happydoingwhatilove #grateful #creativity #workinprogress #artistherapy #sneakers #madeintheuk
In 2016 Anita Quansah was one of the five ground breaking designers selected for Vogue Talents “The New Generation” with Swarovski and Vogue Italia to showcase their talent at Milan Fashion Week housed in the Palazzo Morando.
She has collaborated extensively on multiple design projects. Ballin Shoes Italy, designing a range of bespoke embellished and beaded textiles used in footwear and accessories. Benzo Family Foundation and Student Rebuild on the “Water Challenge” project. Creating a specially commissioned wearable art designed entirely from safety pins and recycled paper beads, which were exhibited and auctioned to generate funding for clean water projects in Tanzania with Charity Water.
Anita is also currently running a jewellery design workshops as part of her innovative enrichment program at schools for young girls and boys. A program designed to empower, impact and elevate children, through a range of vocational learning. She's also using her valuable design skills and experience to teach many young adults and adults a range of creative skills in jewellery design through her character development program. A creative program designed to celebrate, enrich, and teach new skills to many seeking something new or looking for a creative outlet where they can go to advance their creative skills.
Coco Chanel says "In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different." Anita Quansah London is a stunning boutique accessory collection adding something unique, bold, and beautiful to any woman’s wardrobe.