Kwaku Bediako is no new name in Ghana. He is not only known in Africa, but his popularity is global. The respected fashion designer is the face behind Chocolate Clothes designs; unique African design wear that many admire. Today, he is one of the most sought-after fashion lifestyle brands in Africa.
Chocolate designs by Kwaku Bediako have been making headlines for all the right reasons. The fashion brand draws its inspiration from the rich African taste, lifestyle, culture, and preferences. He has dressed some of the most famous celebrities globally, including Steve Harvey, Ziggy Ansah, Boris Kodjoe, and Jussie Smollett.
- Full name: Kwaku Bediako
- Year of birth: May 7, 1986
- Age: 34 years
- Gender: Male
- Career: Fashion designer
- Twitter: @chocl8clothesgh
- Instagram: chocolateclothesglobal
Fashion designer Kwaku Bediako was born on May 7, 1986. He attended the University of Ghana Primary School Legon. He then proceeded to Achimota School, and later moved to the University of Ghana and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Archaeology and Information Studies. He is the last born and has four siblings. His mother purchased sewing machines for him and his siblings. True to this, the Kwaku Bediako family has supported him in achieving success in his career.
Interestingly, at the tender age of 11, he was already drawing comics and building characters. At the age of 15, he was drawing buildings, and at 18 years, he was designing cars. At the age of 21, he started writing movie scripts, and when he was 26 years, his love for designing clothes was birthed.
After he completed university, he started an idea company known as Checkmates, a marketing and business ideas oriented company. While working here, he met with Mr. Philip Ayesu, CEO of XMEN Grooming, and it is here that his love for designing clothes sprouted. He did not waste any time and immediately started taking tutorials from various tailors in Africa.
Chocolate clothing was started in March 2013 and became incorporated in 2018. The company was birthed as a result of Ghanaians desire to dress in comfortable and unique African wear. The talented designer has been honoured to dress some of the most respected celebrities in the world. These include Cardi B, Steve Harvey, Kwabena Kwabena, Mr. Eazi, and Idris Elba, to mention a few, in the Year of Return.
The artist gave Cardi B a unisex Agbada jacket during the Meet & Greet session. The fashion designer also manages and oversees the production of custom-made sandals and shoes. He has been featured on various leading notable platforms such as CNN African Voices in 2016, Vogue Magazine in 2017, and BBC radio in 2018.
Ghanaians have always liked to look good, and I think the question was; was it packaged well? And I believe strongly that now we are just getting it right. Africa is so rich, and now the world sees it.
In July 2020, the designer unveiled a new collection known as Barbees. He revealed the following as an inspiration for the brand;
The inspiration for the new collection came from “doing something that’s for the black man by the black man.
Here are some of the achievements;
- He clothed the Black Stars of Ghana during the 2014 World Cup.
- He won the EMY fashion designer award of the year in 2018.
- He showcased his clothes at the special banquet in honour of HRH Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall hosted by the President of Ghana.
- He showcased his clothes at the Fashion for peace show hosted in Paris by the EU, African Fashion Fund, UN ITC-EFI, and Ethical Fashion.
Kwaku Bediako net worth is estimated to be about $400 million. His wealth can be attributed to his successful African clothing line that has been doing well in Africa and globally.
Kwaku Bediako has proven to the world that his talent and skills are top-notch. His designs are exquisite and unique, which has made him well sought-after in both Africa and globally.