Loza Maléombho is an emerging designer from West African. She was born in Brazil and raised in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, Maléombho came to the U.S. in 2000 to pursue her fashion dreams. Maléombho states that fashion is in the fabric. After graduating from the University of Philadelphia in 2006 with an animation degree, she moved to New York City. In 2009, her self titled label was born. Determined to leave her mark as a fashion industry maven and philanthropist, Loza uses her label to fuel the West African economy and to improve the health and education of those in that region. A percentage of her proceeds are given to schools in the region and she employs the local factories for production. As a designer with heart and purpose, Loza Maléombho’s goal is to promote education in developing countries of West Africa.