MADE IN AFRICA FOR THE MODERN WOMAN
With a focus on intricate, hand-crafted footwear, Shekudo is produced by artisans in Lagos, Nigeria. Under the creative direction of Akudo Iheakanwa, this brand prides itself on being socially responsible as well as a strong advocate for women’s empowerment.
Shekudo highlights its African roots by sourcing the majority of its raw materials locally. The shoe’s heels, recycled insoles and upper and lining fabric are procured from Lagos and the surrounding area.
Known for the hand-made quality, bright hues and distinct patterns, traditional Aso Oke/Akwete cloth make up the upper part of the elaborately designed shoe. Aso Oke/Akwete is the traditional wear of the Yoruba people, who make up a tribe in southwest Nigeria. All of the complex details and craftsmanship in the shoes ensure that Shekudo is a women-owned brand to watch.
The brand’s creative director, Akudo Iheakanwa, founded Shekudo to create beautiful clothes for women using bold prints and contemporary silhouettes. Iheakanwa values her Nigerian roots and aims to embolden both the women who wear her brand and the people behind it.
She supports her artisans by paying them a fair wage and teaching them new craftsmanship skills during their time at Shekudo. Early in 2020, Iheakanwa started putting aside $5 from every sale to create an in-house program that trains at-risk Nigerian women in the art of shoemaking.
Shekudo currently carries footwear styles including mule, boots, slippers, loafers and woven heels, as well as a limited handbag collection. The electrifying colors and patterns portrayed in the shoe designs, coupled with the brand’s inspiring backstory, make Shekudo the perfect company to highlight as the Luxe fashion pick for March.