KikoRomeo, meaning “Adam’s Apple” in Kiswahili, is now co-designed by mother-daughter duo Ann and Iona McCreath from Nairobi, Kenya. The heritage lifestyle brand was founded in 1996 to stimulate employment through trade and to encourage appreciation of traditional crafts. KikoRomeo is widely credited with transforming the Kenyan fashion industry and has mentored many designers and artisans over the last two decades.
Iona graduated in 2018 with a degree in Sociology from London School of Economics and a Foundation in Art and Design from UAL Central St Martin’s. She has also apprenticed in the fashion industry from birth. Ann has a classical training in Italian Alta Moda combined with a Master of Arts from University of Edinburgh. She is the founder of FAFA (Festival of African Fashion & Arts), which created “Fashion for Peace” in 2008, and became a global platform for African designers.