Kouassi Norbert Akou is originally from Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire and studied fashion at ESMOD in Paris. He has worked throughout France and West Africa in numerous fashion shows and festivals and has been based in New York City since 2011. He opened his own boutique in Harlem in May 2015 (218 W 116th St at Maliba Beauty Supply). He has shown collections recently in Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Washington DC, and at numerous venues in New York. He has been interviewed in TV5Monde, Africa24, and Brooklyn Live, and other media outlets 

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