Foday Dumbuya, a renowned fashion designer from Sierra Leone, has achieved a remarkable feat by becoming the first African recipient of the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Award for British Design.

Bestowed upon him by His Majesty King Charles III, this esteemed accolade acknowledges Dumbuya’s noteworthy contributions to the British fashion industry as well as his unwavering dedication to sustainability.

Dumbuya, the founder and creative director of LABRUM LONDON, has captivated the fashion world with his distinctive creations that seamlessly blend African and British influences. His collections showcase audacious patterns, vibrant hues, and intricate craftsmanship, which pay homage to his Sierra Leonean heritage while embracing his adopted home of London.

Beyond his artistic vision, Dumbuya is renowned for his commitment to ethical and sustainable fashion practices. Collaborating closely with local artisans and craftsmen in Sierra Leone, he utilizes traditional techniques and eco-friendly materials in his designs, embodying a socially responsible approach.

Expressing his gratitude for the award, Dumbuya humbly stated, “Being bestowed the Queen Elizabeth Award by Your Majesty King Charles III for British design fills me with profound honor and gratitude. As someone born in Sierra Leone, who later migrated to Cyprus and London, this recognition surpasses my wildest dreams.”

He further acknowledged the unwavering support and inspiration from his family and friends throughout his extraordinary journey. Their constant encouragement and love have propelled him to overcome obstacles and strive toward his goals every single day.

Addressing his remarkable team, Dumbuya conveyed his heartfelt appreciation, saying, “I am immensely proud to witness my vision come to life, thanks to your unwavering belief and tireless dedication.”

Established in 2018, the Queen Elizabeth Award for British Design aims to celebrate emerging fashion designers who have made significant contributions to the industry through their creativity, innovation, and commitment to sustainability. Previous recipients include Richard Quinn, Bethany Williams, and Rosh Mahtani.

Dumbuya’s historic win represents a significant milestone for African fashion and highlights the increasing global recognition of African designers. As he continues to push boundaries and break barriers, Dumbuya is certain to inspire a new generation of designers and creatives both in Sierra Leone and beyond.