STUDIO ONE EIGHTY NINE (headquartered in Ghana, West Africa and USA) is a social enterprise that provides a platform to help promote and curate African and African-inspired content and brands through worldwide distribution and manufacturing of our private label artisan produced collection as well as through our support of other brands. We focus on empowerment, creating jobs and supporting education and skills training. The first collection launched on February 14th 2013 in honor of One Billion Rising.

Created by Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah, the mission of Studio OneEighty Nine and the idea for Fashion Rising took shape following a trip with V-Day in February 2011, through Kenya, Burundi and Rwanda to Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the opening of the City of Joy.

Our Mission

To use Fashion as an agent for Social Change, turning challenges on the ground into opportunities

Our Impact

Creating the space for our talent to produce high quality work, have the opportunity to receive credit for their own work and source as much as possible in local markets.

Promoting and Providing Access to Education through workshops, creating certified programs, trainings / skills development, counseling.

Creating economic opportunity through an artisan-produced handmade fashion collection, building sustainable fashion and artisanal businesses.


Our artisans use various traditional techniques passed down from one generation to the next. We pride ourselves in this rich cultural heritage of artisanship.
To learn more about our about the art of creation click here.