add color to your life!
rags ‘n prints
if you’re looking for ready to wear
- clothing with personality
- apparel that fit your body
- putting the ethnic back to the essence
- clothes that are easy to buy
- ready to wear & custom made
- art that meets fashion
or in need of tailoring services
- african tailor for women and men
- dressmaker for proms and weddings
- prom dress alterations
- custom tailoring
- patterns and samples
- clothes refashion craftmanship
we all know that dressing is hard. it’s not because we don’t know how to dress but its often hard to find the clothes that we want. the right clothes in the right size, the right style, the right color for the right occasion. I’ve always wondered ‘why would anybody want to go see a tailor or designer to have clothes made or buy from their inventory while we have so many choices from the department stores. then it hit me that the answer is not further than looking at myself. how I came to the design business. when I was young, I got tired of tailors who failed to make the clothes that I wanted in the styles that I wanted.
not everybody has tailoring skills but you don’t have to. ain’t it great that you can have an idea any vision for clothes and have someone make them for you while you take care of the things that matter in your life? the purpose of rags ’n prints is to provide ready to wear that is cool and stylish and make beautiful and unique garments that fit your body, style and budget. why rags ’n prints? we try to use traditional and eco friendly fabrics with natural fibers in contemporary styles. beside denim, most of the material is sourced from africa or is inspired from africa. material we use are all natural, comfortable to wear, easy to care for. they may look raw but yield a subtle beauty. they also tend to attain more beauty as they age.
denim has evolved from its humble beginning as trousers for the cowboys to a must have fashion item in every closet. popularized by hollywood, it was soon adopted by the counter culture, it turned into a perennial icon until it caught the eyes of fashion designers who styled it in so many imaginable ways that it has a life of its own.
hemp was considered so raw that it was exclusively used for sacks and bags until some artists started using them in mixed media. it’s not easy to trace its introduction to fashion but is still adopted by only the bold who dare try out new things.
mud cloth is fabric that originates from mali and as its name suggests, gets it’s distinctive rustic colors from dyes obtained from the mud. it has long been frown upon and used only in traditional settings until it started being used in home decor as wall hangings and other crafts that use african materials. all of a sudden, it surged in popularity when if found its way into the wardrobes of european and american men and women.
african print was not originally african but appealed to the tastes of african women who adopted it their favorite cloth for dresses and skirts and head wraps. for a long time, western women black and white shied away from the prints as they were deemed too colorful to blend in. people are slowly discovering its rich beauty, aided by some designers who featured them on the runway and some celebrities who dared showing their colors in african prints.
in a sense rags ’n prints clothing celebrates the vibrant cultures of africa without sacrificing the modern look. we borrow from universal civilization: from the sleek angles of italian design to the draping ample shapes of japanese traditional wear and african robes and dresses, it’s a mix of afro eurasian forms of expression.
african cowrie shell bracelet (set of 1)$5.99 Add to cart
stretch knit african print turban hair wrap$6.99 Select options
ankara style black pants with african print trims$69.00 Add to cart
ankara style button-down jeans skirt with kente patches$59.00 Select options
denim jeans jacket with african print patches$69.00 Select options
I strive to make garments from unrefined materials in unique mix that enhance the looks of women of style. every piece is designed to enhance their figures by giving them the confidence to take on the world.
I come from a background of illustration and painting. that, combined with photography and graphic design give me the ability to create a style, make or modify a pattern, choose fabric, cut and make a unique piece.
I create pattern for designers to flesh out their ideas. I make clothes from a pattern or from scratch based on measurements for men, women and children. I do alterations on garments that are ill-fitted or unstylish.
I put in a custom order for some pants that had disproportionate measurements (inseam, waist, front and back rise, etc...) and they were able to recreate it perfectly. I was very pleased with the work, it exceeded expectations.
April 28, 2021
It was an absolute pleasure working with Souley on a custom design. He exceeded my expectation with his creative genius and I was ecstatic when I received my jacket which fit perfectly. I’m in love with it and get tons of compliments every time I put it on.
September 28, 2021
Souleye does great work. He pays close attention to detail. He completed my job in 24hours. I highly recommend rags n’ prints. I will do business with him again.
September 28, 2021
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