About Us

Native & Sewn began, like almost all worthwhile endeavors, out of a desire: A desire to get a quality, tailored native outfit customized to my taste. Not just in Nigeria, but anywhere in the world. Something that has always been somewhat of a challenge for me, since I was born and raised in The United States. This became all too apparent once again for me in December of 2015 when I was walking down a bustling street in Nigeria. I needed a traditional Nigerian outfit for an event that was fast approaching and I couldn’t easily find a quality tailor who could measure and cut an outfit in time. I thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if I could get a good, tailored outfit when I needed it in Nigeria . . . and why stop there? What if I could get the same quality outfit in the United States?” Certainly, I wasn’t the only person having this type of problem. There must be thousands of people all over the world who need high quality, Nigerian clothing items for specific times and events.

That’s what we do at Native & Sewn: Create True African Apparel, tailored to the highest standards and we do it on our home turf. Native & Sewn is produced in Nigeria by a community of people. That’s how we think of our work environment, a community where everyone is welcome to express their opinion and share their ideas. Creating a warm and welcoming environment to work in makes it possible for us to provide top notch customer service because when you order from Native & Sewn you become a member of that community too. Nigeria has always been a country based around community and I am proud not only to count myself among the Nigerian people but also to produce clothing that encapsulates the history and identity of the Nigerian people. Pride is also at the center of Native & Sewn and this is apparent in all of our work. Native & Sewn may have been born out my unique need for an outfit for an event, but it has become something much bigger than that. I hope the care, dedication, and pride that we at Native & Sewn take in designing your outfit comes through in its style, fit, and feel. And I hope that when you put on that outfit, you’ll feel that pride with us. Native & Sewn isn’t just native . . . we’re a part of the global community. Come and join us.

To all of you, from all of us at Native & Sewn – Thank you!

Emmanuel Kalu

Founder of Native & Sewn Apparel, LLC

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Our Mission

Reflect the beauty and contribute towards a better Africa by creating quality, authentic, African Apparel that’s produced within the communities that inspires it.

Our Vision

Bring you closer to Africa, one outfit at a time.

African Proverbs We Live By

The wise create proverbs for fools to learn, not to repeat.

Customer feedback is important and helps to better your shopping experience.

In the moment of crisis, the wise build bridges and the foolish build dams.

Having the core of our business in African can have it’s hurdles, but we’re committed to finding solutions and making it work for the greater good.

Dine with a stranger but save your love for your family.

Though we’re global, we’re committed to contributing to our community which inspires our apparel.

The wealth which enslaves the owner isn’t wealth.

You can make money without doing evil or being corrupt.

If there is character, ugliness becomes beauty; if there is none, beauty becomes ugliness.

We are honest, open, ethical, and fair.