Ozwald Boateng

Brilliant Minds aims to convene the bold visionaries who don’t just consume culture but produce it. Ozwald doesn’t only shape beautiful designs, he shapes new identities and beautiful souls. His designs move us. They have Rhythm, splendor of sentiment, texture, melody, visual beauty, and unsentimental soulfulness.

Born in London to Ghanaian parents, Ozwald Boateng has been a prominent figure on the international menswear scene and the founder of Made in Africa, a foundation set for the future of Africa’s development.

Entirely self taught he began tailoring at the age of 16. His skills led him to set up a design studio on London’s famous Portobello Road, in his early twenties and in 2005 named the Men’s Creative Director at Givenchy. With a client list that ranges from business leaders to Heads of State, Royalty and celebrated figures from music, film and entertainment. He has designed and created wardrobe pieces for some of the most iconic television shows and blockbuster movies the most recent being Marvel’s epic Black Panther. Most recently Ozwald showcased his new Collection ‘AI’ at the iconic Apollo Theater in Harlem, which celebrated Authentic Identity and Artistic Intelligence.

Boateng has had a transformational impact on menswear fashion for almost three decades, and we can’t wait to listen to him speak about his art and activism on stage!