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Last night Erykah tweeted about her FAVORITE leggings, which are Nakimuli of course. Peep how she’s also rocking our sold out Draped Sweater. 😉

Me & Coco @rumandcokes had the honor of hanging out with Erykah yesterday. The relationship I have with her is so dear to me. To have someone of that caliber who SINCERELY loves & believes in your work & wants to see you succeed is so rare in this industry. I am forever grateful to have her in my life. We have a lot of cool ideas we will be collaborating on with Erykah. So excited to see where these new ideas go & to eventually share them with the world. #erykahbadu #nakimuli #leggings #grateful #love

Love them. Inspiration.


We recently did a sit down interview with I AM OTHER brought to you by Hypebeast. Probably one of our favorite video interviews we’ve done so far — discussing of Travel Etiquette, blogging, growing up in the Bronx, our favorite music albums.. check it out.


Hi, my name is Chanelle Renee’. I a model/creative director. The photo I am submitting is the collective creative effort from me and my team. The inspiration was a very vintage 1970’s retro chic style. The credits are as followed:

Photographer: @sterlingpics

Wardrobe stylist: @kollincarter

Makeup artist: @bella_donna82

Model: @thecrproject

The full spread will be in a magazine in January! I would love to submit more photos to you. Thanks!

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Miss Amber Riley from Glee loves us. Yay! #amberriley #celebs #love #nakimuli



Ezra Miller Helps Native Americans Buy Back Land

The Perks of Being a Wallflower star helps protect South Dakota land in new short film.

Standing Rock Sioux tribal member, Chase Iron Eyes, has enlisted the celebrity support of ‘The Perks of being a Wallflower’ actor, Ezra Miller, and hip hop producer, Sol Guy, in an attempt to raise $9 million by the end of November 2012.

Miller and Guy appear in a new short documentary-style film with Last Real Indians founder, Chase Iron Eyes, in hopes of raising awareness and money to buy back a piece of land in North Dakota that Native American Great Sioux Nation tribes consider sacred. The land was granted to the tribes 150 years ago, but people illegally homesteaded and are now selling the land for development.

Approx. 2,000 acres of the Black Hills in South Dakota, called Pe’Sla, is an important part of the Sioux Nation’s creation story. Unfortunately, the sacred site is currently on private land outside Sioux control. When the land recently went up for sale, tribal members were worried it would be purchased for development, due to its’ close proximity to Mount Rushmore. In order to protect the land, the Sioux Nation members are going to great lengths to raise the necessary funds.

Luckily, after tribal members expressed outrage and extreme concern, land owners Leonard and Margaret Reynolds cancelled the public auction of the property. The Reynolds accepted the tribes’ bid of $9 million, under the condition they can deliver by November 30th.

Iron Eyes revealed that the tribes have raised $7 million at this point, and he hopes that the new 9-minute short film starring Miller and Guy will aid in raising the final $2 million through an online social campaign. He also revealed that an earlier online campaign raised more than $300,000.

“Last time, it was real grassroots, it just sort of grew on its own fire, its own energy,” Iron Eyes said. “But this time we’re adding some extra voices to broaden the network.”

“I came out here with the intention of being an observer … I felt kind of removed from the story. But now, it’s fairly clear to me that nobody is removed from this story,” Miller says in the film.

“This story is central to all of our history and this struggle also cannot be removed. We are all inherently involved in what is going on out here.”

Save Pe’sla. To buy back the land, the money must be raised by November 30th or the property goes to public sale and can be developed making the sacred site inaccessible. 

Get involved and spread the word. Tweet this link or post it to your Facebook.

For more information or to donate, visit

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It’s been so long since I have done a diary of designer entry that I couldn’t tell you what day I should be on. lol. But I decided to give you a compressed update on Nakimuli. Things have been moving so fast around here; it’s hard to document it all, especially in the way I envision it in my head…so I keep pushing back the blog entries. (Plus I have a slight case of carpal tunnel in my right hand, smh) But I do miss you blogging.

So if you follow me on instagram or facebook or are signed up for the newsletter, you already know the big news. I have started working with Erykah Badu!!! Anyone who has read my blog in the past knows how she was on the TOP of my list. So it’s so surreal to be working with her! It’s been over a year in the making (in-depth story coming one of these days) but I have finally had this dream come true on August 6th.

Me, looking all hyped, with Erykah Badu (rocking a custom Dookie Chain Necklace)

My assistant Courtney with Erykah

Erykah copped a lot of stuff from us that day (actually we saw her August 6th + 7th, lucky us). She made her 1st debut as my official muse on August 25th, when she rocked our custom gold Dookie Chain Suspenders at the Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn!

(pic courtesy of my girl Edwina Hay,

It was amazing to be there live & see her rocking my designs! (She is also rocking my girl Amina’s Made By AG earrings. I almost cried but then all the weed that was being smoked around me got in my eyes. lol

Today I got a surprise on intstagram. One of my beloved followers tagged me in a pic of Erykah Badu:

She is in Germany rocking our Peach Lee Leggings and custom gold Dookie Chain!! (left pic courtesy of @facehunter)

(pic courtesy of @thefashionalist)

It’s so amazing to see a dream come true! We have so much more in store! I’m so excited to reveal the new things we are working on. In due time…Just trying my best to update more. At least once a week. *fingers crossed* But you can always follow us on instagram (@nakimuliinc) and FB (nakimuliinc)

*dreams do come true*


Reblog and retweet if you would like to see the Miss Zee coloring book for little girls of color and the image of Miss Zee in stores. We have less than 13 days left to raise money. 

There is hardly anything in the children section for girls of color, yet there are all kinds of products created to change little girls of color in the beauty section. We have to change this. Lets show girls of color that they’re good enough and that they’re beautiful the way they are.  Please make a pledge by going here: 

Thank you!

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This right here…inspiring!


Jacquie “Tajah” Murdock is 82 and was a dancer at the Apollo Theater when she was 17-years-old. Today, she is the oldest model in Lanvin’s fall campaign, which features real people. Ms. Murdock told Ari Seth Cohen (who runs a fabulous blog featuring stylish older women called “Advanced Style) “This campaign is a dream come true. I grew up in Harlem always wanting to be a model, but in my day there were very little opportunities for women of color to work in fashion. At 18 I went from agent to agent looking for jobs, even as a hand model. I have finally made it and I will never give up. Hopefully some day I will get to Paris!”

Haven’t posted customer pics in a while…I’ve been slacking on my pimping…lol

Got a couple of pics of ladies rocking some of the new SS12 collection:

Eutopia rocking the Sunny Dress in the custom fuchsia color.

Amina rocking the Neo Stripe Leggings.

Shout out to all the lovely ladies who have been ordering the PInk Giraffe Leggings. We appreciate you! 


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my daughter. 

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First, I would like to thank everyone for all your condolences and for giving me privacy over the past week or so. Dealing with the deaths of my uncle and nephew, on the sme day, on each side of my family is the HARDEST thing I’ve ever had to do in my life, especially burying my nephew, who was like my child. I’ve heard people say that some things you never recover from, you just learn how to deal with it. And my nephew Marcus’ death is surely one of them. But one of the things I find comfort in is how he lived his life. See, in Marcus’ short 21 years on earth, he lived his life to the fullest, did all the things he wanted to do. So as I slowly get back into the routine of my life, I know that the best way to honor him is to live my life to the fullest; to always remember love and happiness, and never take ANY of my precious time here for granted. 

Second, I wanted to announce that I have reopened the online store today. Orders purchased this week will ship out next week. And I will begin answering emails today. Please give me a few days to reply.

Third, because of the tragedies, the spring/summer collection will be pushed back a bit to sometime in May. I have not scheduled an actual date yet, but  once I do, I will announce it. 

Thank you again to everyone for their support during this trying time.

Yesterday I was sitting here writing a post about my uncle Stan that passed away around 3am on April 8th from lung cancer/brain tumors.

Never in my craziest nightmares would I have thought I would have received a phone call from my sister telling me that her son, my oldest nephew, Marcus, was killed in a car crash. On April 8th. At 2:47am. 

It hurts so much to lose 2 people you love. And on the same day? There are no words to express the pain that I feel right now. Especially for my nephew, who was only 21. Just joined the navy. Just married his high school sweetheart. He had so much life to live…

You know death has a way of putting things in perspective for me. On one hand, I just want to crawl up in a corner and wither away; it’s just so difficult to face life without the ones you love. And on the other hand, I really want to spend time with the people I love, make sure they know that they ARE loved, which I’m not sure if my uncle knew how much he was loved. It makes me want to live life harder, to really go after all my hopes and dreams and goals; to stop letting trivial, insignificant things take up my time; to live my life with love and positivity.

I will be offline for a while. I have temporarily closed the online store and am pushing back the spring/summer collection debut to sometime in May. I appreciate everyone’s condolences right now. But I ask for privacy as this is a very difficult time for me and my family.

Rest in peace to my uncle Stan and my lovely nephew Marcus. You will always be in my heart. ALWAYS. Love you guys sooooo much!