Co-founders Sydney and Zedekiah met at t. Paul’s Lubinu Boys High School in Mumias, Kenya. The 24-year-olds are no longer classmates but rather best friends who traded in their uniforms and textbooks for slim-fit trousers and sewing machines.
Known for mixing bold prints and patterns, Syd and Zeddie create aesthetically challenging collections that pair earth tones and vertical stripes, with ankara and plaid fabrics similar to those traditionally worn by East Africa’s Maasai tribe. In 2011, they took their signature style
to the U.S. for their debut at Africa Fashion Week New York, a move that was well received. Two years later, the design duo are still representing Africa. Syd and Zeddie are men of a few words, relying on their designs talent to communicate. Their vibrant personal style is reflected in all their designs. They are currently in the process of fully rebranding their company as Blackbird Designs. Their goal is to take African Fashion to the world.
USA / KENYA
FASHION DESIGNERS - "SYDNEY AND ZEDEKIAH"
BRAND: BLACKBIRD DESIGNS