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Warm weather is finally here and with it, the embrace of loud prints and bright colors. Charlene Bendu Dunbar is giving us all that and more with her line Suakoko Betty that revamps resist-dye prints and authentic wax from West Africa into separates and dresses that look great on any woman’s shape, yet are also on trend.

As a child, Charlene spent time in Atlanta, as well as in her hometown of Monrovia, Liberia, thus her influences and inspirations blend sensibility and fashion from both Africa and America.

In the West African dialect Gio, “suakoko” means a place of new beginnings, as well as being the name of one of Liberia’s most well-known female warrior-chiefs. The line is contemporary yet unique, truly putting a new spin on African-inspired designs. All of the tie-dye fabrics are dyed by hand in Liberia and are limited in quantity, thus each piece is one of a kind and very special.

The collection pictured above is called the Eye Candy Collection, which combines beautiful mixed prints in alluring silhouettes including belted jumpsuits, flirty frocks and one shoulder party dresses that are perfect for cocktail events or nights out.

Suakoko Betty is available at the beehive in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit www.suakokobetty.com for more information.

What do you think of Suakoko Betty’s vibrant pieces? Can you see yourself wearing them this summer?

-Faith Cummings

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