We like to feature independent designers and brands from around the world so today’s featured brand is Wazal Couture
Ayissi Nga Joseph-Marie aka JJ Du Style is a fashion designer who creates very chic street wear. The French/Cameroonian designer whose father was a tailor, has decided to follow the footsteps of pioneer Cameroonian fashion designers such as Imane Ayissi and Martial Topolo by creating his own clothing line called ‘WAZAL’ which was launched in 2005.
In 2006, he launched his first designs which are worn by some celebrities such as Singuila , Alpeco, Wayne Beckford, Romaric Koffi and Lalcko. His brand “Wazal” is a blend of “Waza”, the name of a natural park in the extreme north of Cameroon and the letter “L” which stands for Lion, the Cameroonian symbol. The natural park symbolizes respect, while the lion symbolizes power.
Wazal Couture fashion universe expresses more of casual wear in a constant search of innovations, new styles and creativity. In the mixture of many various colors, and various prints, he adds and blends other materials such as pure cotton, denim jean, wax, leather, fur, synthetic just to name a few. He went through a professional training in Vanessa Ruiz fashion school in Paris and he later on specialized in creating tuxedo jackets.
The first was thus created in 2013 under the declination “Tete fly.” In 2013, he was part of the guests of the Ambassador of Cameroon to Paris for the exhibition of the feast of the Cameroonian youth and the Fashion Night Lounge at the Elysee Palace in Paris, where he presented his three concepts: WazalRock, fly Tété and Africafutur.
These concepts are based on criteria which since the beginning symbolized his career: Daring, Respect and Creation. Wazal cuts and designs are impressive and modern; moreover it follows the latest trends today.
Below are images from Wazal Couture 2016-2017 Collection
Wazal Couture 2016 -2017 Collection is called “Ova Tété“by Joseph Ayissi . Its inspiration comes from Cameroonian slang ‘ova’ which means a bigger and noble person and ‘Tété’ which refers to chic and bourgeois.
Joseph explains “The word chic here is used to describe the amazing and modern appearance of the clothings. Therefore those who have good taste and know how to dress well are characterized as chic.”
Joseph Ayissi Designer for Wazal Couture