Designer Spotlight: Ashaka Givens

You know when you find a new designer + you wonder why you weren’t hipped to them sooner?  This is I how felt when I recently found Ashaka Givens on Etsy.  Givens is a women’s wear designer who has dressed the likes of Rosario Dawson, TLC, Angie Stone, Floetry, and my fave, Erykah Badu.  Her style is a funk-meets-sophistication of sorts + I like it.  I spotted one of her hat designs and fell in love with the pop colors + use of chains.  How can you not love chains?

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Currently sold out! 😦

This is the hat that lured me in.  I just love this color!

The collection is an assortment of fedoras and floppy hats, using chain links, mesh links + leather bands.  She keeps the hats in neutral colors (besides the magenta beauty!), which makes it a long-lasting purchase.  Nothing worse than getting an item that can only be worn in one season + with one outfit.  I know I’ve been guilty of this in the past.  You guys know what I mean!

Her hats have been seen on the likes of Claire Sulmers, founder of Fashion Bomb Daily, celebrity hair stylist, Ursula Stephens, who has styled Rihanna, Mary J. Blige, Kerry Washington and Keyshia Cole + more!

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Claire Sulmers of Fashion Bomb Daily wearing Ashaka Givens’ black fedora hat.

I love that she gives the option between gold + gunmetal links for her hats.  Sometimes a girl wants to switch things up!

Ursula Stephens was responsible for Rihanna’s bold short cut years ago.  She had everyone cutting their hair to get that look!  Remember that?  Here she is rocking a toffee-colored hat from Givens’ collection.

It’s not all about the chains!  She has some styles that have a slim gold leather band in their design.

Would you wear these hats?  Share your thoughts below!

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