Have you ever ran into a swimsuit which has Ankara incorporated in it and you’re like: I want this?! If your answer is no, than I can end that for you by today. Adama Paris swimming line has a collection of separates and singles that can make you go prepping in the gym for summer. Adama Paris is a clothing and accessory brand based in Paris, France and the brand is just phenomenal. The founder, miss Adama Amanda Ndiaye is Senegalese, but born in Kinshasa in the then called Zaire. She debuted her newest collection of Afrobikinis at a fashion shoot for a French pageant called Miss Black France. Adama Paris was also part of the Arise fashion week this year.
Adama Amanda Ndiaye was born in Kinshasa, Zaire(now called the republic of Congo) and immigrated with her parents to Paris France on the age of 3. She later developed a passion for fashion, which has now blossomed to the elegant and edgy Adama Paris. She explains that the inspiration behind her bikini line is sensuality and womanity. She want to create something that would appeal to different women and make them feel womanly and sexy. Well, she has done a great job doing that. Ms. Adama took the time off her fashionable schedule to talk to us.
ABINA: What inspired you to do a swimming collection now and not from the beginning of your collections?immigrated with her parents to Paris France on the age of 3. She later developed a passion for fashion, which has now blossomed to the elegant and edgy Adama Paris. She explains that the inspiration behind her bikini line is sensuality and womanity. She want to create something that would appeal to different women and make them feel womanly and sexy. Well, she has done a great job doing that. Ms. Adama took the time off her fashionable schedule to talk to us.
Adama: I started surfing a few years ago, that’s what really fuelled my desire to do a swim wear range. I wanted to have something unique and different whilst I was surfing and I also thought to use wax in a different way so as to bring exotic-ness, glamour & sexiness back!
ABINA: You are Senegalese but born in, the then called Zaire. Do you see a difference in the fashion of these two countries? If so, what difference?
Adama: My parents were diplomats so I was born in Kinshasa but we left for Paris when I was 3 years old and I never had the opportunity to go back. In this respect, I am not sure what fashion is like back in DRC except for the fashionable “Sapeurs” that we’ve all heard about!
What I can tell you however is that Senegalese have a great sense of style more than the French even but the cultures & the styles are different so it’s hard to compare.
ABINA: Where are your products available?
Adama: Our products are available in Senegal where I have 2 shops (Dakar & Saly), in Paris at the SO&SO concept store in Châtelet les Halles Espace Créateurs and at the Bébé Noir shop in NYC.
ABINA: Do you think that African fashion has changed over the last 5 years? If so, how?
Adama: Very much so! We are definitely more wild, more open to the world and also more sellable & wearable. African fashion is not all about African prints anymore, it is much more than that and plus mainstream designers are going back to Africa for their inspiration and their collections.
ABINA: What do you think of the fact that African fashion is becoming more popular in the worldwide fashion?
Adama: Because of our unique sense of style, the way we mix colours, fabrics, looks etc and throughout the years we’ve always had a unique approach to fashion. We make fashion, fashion does not make us and thus our fashion is joyful, playful and I think that’s what the rest of the world is realising after all.
ABINA: Thank you so much for your time
Watch the full collection of the Adama Paris swim line below: