Beyoncé Isn’t the First Queen Designer Loza Maléombho Was Inspired By
Loza Maléombho isn’t a newcomer. The designer launched her namesake brand more than a decade ago, after graduating with a fine arts degree from the University of the Arts of Philadelphia and paying her dues with high-fashion internships in NYC. She moved back to her hometown in Côte d’Ivoire three years later. She’s been worn by Iman and Kelly Rowland, but it was her Beyoncé Black Is King moment that had the most notable impact — it caused her website to crash and her sales to spike 300 percent. Consider it the Beyoncé effect. But Queen Bey isn’t the first queen to inspire Maléombho.