MKCurvy was birthed in 2016 by our founder Nwamaka Agbakoba at a difficult time in her life battling a severe illness and being a single mother to a special needs child. She found the inspiration to power through it all in a passion that can be traced back to her teenage years: using beautiful, well-tailored clothing as a way of self-affirmation.
Amaka, as she is more often called, spent her childhood watching her mother sourcing and haggling over handwoven fabrics in the markets of Ibadan, Western Nigeria. Those special moments sparked a love for African fabrics and patterns. As a plus-sized teenager, Amaka was encouraged by her mother to design her own outfits. She was able to directly communicate her creations to tailors, bringing to life designs that truly reflected her own style.
Fueled by her passion for self-affirmation and uplifting other women, Amaka founded MKCurvy, a brand built for the modern-day woman with a discerning eye for fashionable clothing. Her clothing pieces, which are African inspired and produced entirely in Africa, seek to inspire women to feel beautiful in their own bodies as well as create positive social impact, promoting the creativity and hard work of female African artisans. MKCurvy's headquarter is located in Atlanta, GA.
MKCurvy delivers beautiful, vibrant fashion pieces, inspired by the colours and soul of Africa. All our designs are made with gorgeous fabrics sourced in Africa mostly and brought to life by the magic of African artisans. Our aim is not only to adorn the beautiful bodies of plus-size women but also to accentuate curves in all sizes. We, therefore, offer ready to wear products as well as made to measure. Customers can contact the company to order customized pieces.
MKCurvy seeks to bring positive social impact through the message of self-love and women empowerment. So often women are caught up in the role of nurturer and forget to love and invest in themselves. We believe that our products and messaging support their journey to embracing their curves and finding the self-love that serves as a building block to their personal and professional success.
Our company also believes that empowering women is crucial to achieve gender equity and build a better world. That is why we balance our portfolio to have at least 70% of women-owned/led businesses in our supply chain. Putting funds into the hands of women allows better socioeconomic outcomes for them and their families.
Nwamaka Agbakoba is the founder of MKCurvy. With an MBA in Emerging Markets Finance and a career working largely in International Development, Amaka’s decision to marry fashion and social impact at a challenging stage in her life is a continuation of her life’s work. With every piece designed, she hopes to impact how women view themselves, allowing them to own their beauty, as well as to empower female-owned or led African businesses in her supply chain. Her work with MKCurvy was recognized at the Edmonton Africa Fashion Week in 2018, where she won the award for Best Designer.
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