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Kibonen Nfi


KibonenǀNY is the brain child of Cameroonian designer Kibonen Nfi. Inspired by traditional Cameroonian garments, West African fabric and New York’s vibrant fashion scene Kibonen delved into a brand new label which better actualizes her vision as an African designer. Over seven years ago she busted into the fashion scene with the never before seen ingenious idea of contemporizing one of the most delicate and intricate hand woven traditional garments of Cameroon western highlands region, the toghu.

Biography & Portfolio


Kibonen is a certified image consultant, and earned a Masters degree in International Trade and Marketing at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

She started out as one of the co-founders of KiRette Couture, which established her as a force to be reckoned with in the Cameroonian and West African fashion industry. In the fall of 2011, Kibonen decided to take her ideas to a higher level under the company name KibonenǀNY, hence, materializing her aesthetic vision by creating pieces that don’t only represent a Cameroonian tribe, but garments wearable and appreciated by the ultramodern West African Afropolitan. Kibonen is a certified image consultant, and earned a Masters degree in International Trade and Marketing at the Fashion Institute of Technology, A career path her father still struggles to comprehend. A serious career in Fashion is unfathomable in Cameroon, but this ideology is gradually changing thanks to pioneers like Kibonen, who takes it upon herself to cultivate and mature this untapped industry.

KNY | confident, colorful and free spirited


KNY is for the classy trend setter with a strong sense of style and a refined taste for contemporary and authentic Africana clothing.

KibonenǀNY (KNY) creates clothing, accessories and footwear. The KNY client is one who is confident, colorful and free spirited. KNY is for t he classy trend setter with a strong sense of style and a refined taste for contemporary and auth entic Africana clothing. KibonenǀNY does not only limit its designs to the toghu but al so explores other traditional African fabrics – Wax prints, Tye-dye, Kanga and Bogolan (Mu d Cloth). Besides being a fashion lifestyle brand, KibonenǀNY is also an ethical fashion brand. Cameroon is a country with abundant talent, unbelie vable design aesthetics and beautiful people yet over 49% of the population live below th e poverty line. This was another gripping factor that urged the formation of the bra nd, using the business of fashion to help create employment in Cameroon, paying employees a f air wage, which will not only aid survival but allow them to considerably improve the ir standard of living. After realizing the potential that ethical fashion could provide, KibonenǀNY together with some partners formed the Cameroon Fashion Common In itiative Group instigated the start up of an ethical factory, Made In Camer, which toda y is an independent, charity based, eco and ethical clothing production unit that supports local talent and provides employment to Cameroonians in one of the poorest communities.

``Toghu`` Inspired


My goal was to create a more youthful and colorful attire which my people the wo rld over, could wear with pride...

It was in the summer of 2008 in the city of Bamenda when I decided to sport something colorful and distinctive, a contemporary summer dre ss I designed, inspired by my tribes traditional regalia, the Toghu. I received an overa bundance of positive reviews and complements on this little summer dress and thus de cided that I was going to turn the traditional toghu into irresistible ready to wear p ieces. My goal was to create a more youthful and colorful attire which my people the wo rld over, could wear with pride, something culturally profound and sustainable. Wha t I had in mind was to create a signature mix of West African/Cameroonian Fabrics m ixed and meshed into youthful everyday outfits, and KNY scratched the tip of the iceberg with the Flaire Belle Collection, there is just so much more to come.