Owner + designer Tennille McMillan established NAKIMULI in 2009. Growing up in Brooklyn, Tennille always stood out as “the weird one” with her unique style of dress. She used that to her advantage and began teaching herself how to sew after graduating from high school at age 16. Tennille developed her skills by making clothes for family members and costumes for fellow dance students at Hunter College. After graduating with a BA in dance, Tennille decided to pursue fashion instead of dancing professionally. That is when NAKIMULI began to take shape. In 2012, Tennille began working with Erykah Badu, and still creates items for her. NAKIMULI has also been worn by Eva Marcille, Jill Scott, Danielle Brooks (Orange Is The New Black), Jazmine Sullivan, and Merrill of TuneYards. Tennille still designs NAKIMULI in her hometown of Brooklyn, NY.
NAKIMULI aims to go beyond the traditions of women’s fashion and explore more of the imagination, creating fashion forward garments for forward thinking young women. Inspired by color, shapes, and African/ethnic prints, NAKIMULI has created their own fashion revolution: one that embraces a love of self at any size, inspires sisterhood, individuality, comfort, and lots of fierceness.
Be bold; become your own trendsetter. Dream. Explore. Dare.
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