Autumn Adeigbo (pronounced A-dayg-bo, a Yoruba word meaning “the crown that is passed down”) is the designer behind her eponymous women’s contemporary collection. The daughter of Nigerian immigrants, Adeigbo developed her love for fashion as a young girl watching her mother sew many of the dresses she wore to school, where she was voted “Best Dressed” by her fourth grade classmates.
After receiving a degree in Economics from Spelman college, Adeigbo studied fashion design at Parsons, the New School of Design, and worked for designers Betsey Johnson and Anna Sui. Adeigbo sharpened her aesthetic for high fashion by assisting stylists Andrea Lieberman, Leslie Fremar and Rebecca Weinberg for a combined 7 years. Working under these revered fashion veterans, Adeigbo collaborated to create the public style persona of clients like Maggie Gyllenhall, Gwen Stefani, Julianne Moore, and Jennifer Connelly, and created the visual fashion components for advertisements of companies like Crème de La Mer and Lancome.
Inspired by her desire to create a more cultural, colorful and conscious world, Adeigbo returned to her design roots and launched a capsule collection of 7 African-influenced silhouettes for the Fall 2009 season. Since the inception of her brand, Adeigbo knew she wanted to send a percentage of each piece’s sale back to the African continent. With that goal in mind, Adeigbo formed a partnership with the NGO Women for Women International, which endeavors to empower female survivors of war in Nigeria, Rwanda, the DR of the Congo and Sudan. Autumn partnered with Lucky Magazine where a percentage of sales were sent to Women for Women, in order to sponsor a women in Africa to instill the skills to start a business to support the women and their families, thus transforming them from victims, to thriving leaders in their communities.
Adeigbo’s premiere collection was selected by Henri Bendel during their Open See and featured in Women’s Wear Daily. She focuses on creating custom pieces for her client base. Her clothes have been worn by: Solange Knowles, Elle Varner, Amanda Hearst, Elettra Weidemann, and Julianne Moore. Although incorporating African prints is part of Adeigbo’s brand DNA, she integrates other prints, textures, trims and embriodery into her designs, giving them a modern sensibility that is universally appealing. Autumn utilizes her love of color as a platform of inspiration for each one of her collections.
Adeigbo’s collections have been organically discovered by the media. With no publicist and as little as 4 looks in a given capsule collection, The press it has received to date includes: multiple mentions and placements on Vogue.com, Marie Claire and WWD, as well as Lucky, Glamour, Nylon, Essence, Ebony, Time Out New York, W Magazine Online and Refinery 29. In 2012 alone, Autumn was named on Essence Magazine’s “Next List”, “One to Watch” by Marie Claire, “25 Women to Know” by Hello Beautiful, and as “All Eyes On” by Uptown Magazine.
The Adeigbo brand speaks to the sophisticated, colorful and forward-thinking woman with heart.