Hi, I’m Karen Chatelain, Creative Director of Burkinabae, a fashion brand inspired by the rich culture and heritage that my native land, Burkina Faso, represents.
Having spent my childhood partly living in Africa and in the South Eastern United States, I couldn't help but notice the stark difference between the two continents and the standards of living. This made me develop a yearning to find a way of uplifting my fellow countrymen in Burkina Faso.
With time, I also developed a love for fashion, color, and style, something I soon came to marry with my passion for philanthropy. I decided there was no better way to empower my people than by using their talents to help them secure a market for their products abroad. This is how Burkinabae was born.
Currently all of our designs are created in Los Angeles, California, and richly influenced and inspired by the Burkinabe culture. The future vision is to showcase the rich but untapped potential that Burkinabae tailors posses and to help them build their own brand as they design for Burkinabae.
"One of my most memorable moments from my voyage to Burkina Faso in 2014 was the fashions!" These tailors were making dresses that could match YSL, Dior, Coco Chanel, or any European Brand! These tailors were all from small ateliers in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. A fashion powerhouse in their own right!
Burkianbae is currently a fully-fledged accessory brand based in Los Angeles, California, and we are is making waves in the fashion industry. We were among one of the first brands to release "lensless eyewear", our thoughtful collection of chic yet practical fashion wear, has allowed us to built a strong customer following that has seen us grow as we have developed new designs and new collections.
At Burkinabae, we believe that personal style is the first impression made, an impression before a word is even said. We take pride in each and every one of our creations, like our beautiful head wraps, our broad collection of extravagant eyewear, fringe necklaces, and statement jewelry that meet the needs of the most devoted fashionistas!
We constantly strive to offer new and innovative designs that generate fashion curiosity and makebold statements. Our goal is to link philanthropy and fashion by supporting backward linkages with our supply chain in Burkina Faso. Help us make this dream a reality.
Say it in style; say it with Burkinabae fashion wear.