Loza Maléombho started designing at the age of 13 when she used to make her own school uniforms. Born in Brazil but raised between Côte d’Ivoire and United States, she credits her multicultural upbringing for her unique aesthetic designs. She moved to the United States in 2000 to further her studies and received her BA of Fine Arts in Animation from the University of the Arts of Philadelphia in 2006. She interned with New york based designers Jill Stuart, Yigal Azrouël and Cynthia Rowley before launching her brand in 2009.
Her designs represent the artistic fusion of New York City’s contemporary arts and Ivory Coast’s traditional culture. The result is a beautiful modern silhouettes with a tribal twist.
After establishing her brand in New York City, she relocated to Côte d’Ivoire in 2012 where she empowers women by hiring young women from unfavorable background and working closely with local artisans.