About Us

 

Nzinga Knight is an award-winning NYC designer whose line of high end, modest clothing offers a sense of mystery, elegance and innovation.

Nzinga grew up in Brooklyn New York, in a family of seven vibrant Caribbean women where great modest fashion was paramount. Nzinga struggled to create synergy with both her cultural and cosmopolitan values and the modest principle she embraced as a young Muslim woman.

With a mission to create modest clothing that allows great style and freedom of movement for all woman, Nzinga studied fashion design and fine arts at the prestigious Pratt Institute School of Design in New York City, where she received a BFA in Fashion Design in 2005 as well as a CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) award for achievements in design.

Prior to launching her first line she worked with designers Marc Jacobs, ThreeAsFour, Reva Mivasager and Jones NY. Noted as a visionary designer, Nzinga Knight's achievements in fashion and business acumen have been recognized on several occasions.

In 2014 Nzinga became the First American Muslim “Hijabi” featured as a contestant on the Emmy Award winning design competition show Project Runway. Nzinga was selected as a member of Design Entrepreneurs NYC, is the recipient of a DCA Grant and NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts) Award, is the first ever Elevate Culture award winner and grant recipient, Winner of the Power UP Business Plan competition sponsored by Citigroup, and was selected as a featured designer at New York Fashion week at Lincoln Center by HFR. 

Since launching Nzinga Knight New York, the collection has been sold internationally to stores and clients in the United States and Canada as well as internationally. Nzinga Knight now ships to over 30 countries and operates several pop-up shops and trunk shows throughout the year.