For nearly six years, Houston-based Onyii Brown has designed eclectic clothing for the modern woman. What started as traditional African prints and wrap skirts has evolved to incorporate dreamy solid linens, high-waisted pants, wrap blouses and shift dresses—and her latest collection just might be her most sophisticated yet. Brown tells us more.
Where are your pieces created?
Our pieces are designed right here in Houston. Most of the garments are made in Houston and some in Nigeria.
Describe your customer.
We make clothes for the cosmopolitan woman. She is educated and takes vacations several times a year to exotic places. She is ethnically diverse, socially conscious, passionate about the world around her and is constantly exploring. She wants to be comfortable yet expressive in her clothing.
Tell me about your spring collection. The spring Metamorphosis collection is inspired by the transitions women go through during different times in our lives. Some are incredibly exciting and some are challenging. But once we get through them, we realize that we are more empowered, more beautiful and stronger than before. In light of that, I looked to butterflies and the process of their transformation from a caterpillar. I selected prints that represented their beauty and gracefulness.
The Lynette wrap dress has ruffles that look like butterfly wings; the Claire infinity wrap blouse has a long sash that can be wrapped multiple times around the waist like a cocoon. … The main floral print selected for the collection is covered with butterflies.
Photography by: Jared Pierson