There’s a world out there full of fast fashion, over copied, boring designs, and cheap fabric.
Je Suis designs and creates fashion with a purpose.
Just as God has uniquely and carefully created each and every one of us, our garments are made the same way. With an emphasis on the details, importance is placed on designing with the customer in mind. Whether its a custom made or a ready-to-wear piece, rest assured that your item was created with uncompromising quality, love, and attention.
Je Suis is a luxury contemporary fashion house conceived for those men and women who have ever dared to escape the status quo. The line features the perfect blend of classic and trendy designs. Je Suis, which means “I Am” in French is influenced by the fusion of various cultures, design styles, and functionalities. The open-ended name allows the wearer to define themselves through self-expression, creativity, and authenticity.
Fashion is more than the act of putting pieces together. But more so, the ability to tell stories that bridge culture and invokes feelings. From an early age, Senami Atinkpahoun knew fashion was her calling. Born and raised in the Republic of Benin, at the tender age of 4, Senami and her family relocated to New York City. Her love for fashion led her to the High School of Fashion Industries where she attended and graduated.
While attending high school, Atinkpahoun created a clothing line Je Suis (I Am), which mirrors her much-coveted luxe African style. Today, Senami Atinkpahoun is a graduate of City College New York in Manhattan. Though education was essential to her, Senami also took hold of gaining industry experience through internships and working at Bebenoir boutique in Harlem. Her clothing line Je Suis is befitting, as she is so closely identified with the importance of individuality. Drawing inspiration from her native country of Benin Republic, every bit of detail counts from the cut, fabric, shapes, and silhouettes.
In an industry of very little accommodation, Senami makes her mission to provide the look, feel, sizes, and luxury not always made available for the average woman. Her distinct designs have bred from her ability to recognize and shape trends, something which has made her highly sought after by industry pundits and fans alike. The most invigorating thing about Senami is the lane she’s created while being herself. It’s a soft-spoken triumph for African creatives, that she has been so successful without having to compromise herself or her identity. She emanates introspective confidence that doesn’t rely on the watering down of the authenticity of culture to drum up buzz.