"You Wear Culture".
Fashion has played an important role in human culture and identity. With Shusi, You Wear Culture with clothes and accessories made from African print fabric sourced from Nigeria, Ghana, and the Gambia. Shusi is committed to more than just providing fashion forward clothes but also maintaining and educating people about African fashion history.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria and raised in Houston, Texas, Toyosi Shusi uses fashion design as a form of self-expression. While pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas she had the desire to challenge herself creatively in ways that engineering couldn't. So she taught herself how to sew and began making garments exclusively using African fabrics such as ankara, kente, mud cloth, and more. Toyosi was able to reconnect with her West African roots by studying the complex history of fashion across the African continent. Toyosi hopes that her line, Shusi, which is Yoruba meaning to interfere, will change the landscape of the fashion industry by bringing African-inspired designs to the forefront.
Toyosi Shusi has shown her collections during Austin Fashion Week where she won the judges' choice award and will represent Bernina across the state of Texas in 2018. She has also shown across colleges in Texas such as UT Austin, Baylor, and UNT. Shusi has been featured in blog posts and stories by KUT Austin, Huffington Post, i-D Magazine and the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.