We are pleased to welcome Brian Ezeala as a 2015 Back2Black Awards co-sponsor. Brian Ezeala is an up and coming fashion designer from London fusing fashion cultures together in a minimalist opulent feel, but who is the name behind the brand?

“Growing up on a tough estate in London my passions never left me, I would constantly be designing clothes for my Auntie in Nigeria who had a clothing store. I would constantly be flicking the pages of my Mothers fashion magazines imagining and drawing my own spin on the clothes that I saw.”

The name Brian Ezeala itself means ‘strong’ ‘King of the land’ and that’s exactly what the Brian Ezeala brand wants to embody with its bold brand statement of ‘Opulence is still a must’ a mindset Brian Ezeala came back to when designing as a small child, but it was staying up late to watch a documentary on Ozwald Boateng [a key element of modern UK Black History] that finally cemented his gravitation towards becoming a fashion designer.

“My idols growing up were the greats of Gianni Franco Ferre, Georgio Armani and Yves Saint Laurent. I dreamed of working for them but it wasn’t until I saw Ozwald Boateng then I realised as a Black man of African heritage I too could be a designer using my notion of ‘Opulence is still a must’ essentially meaning no matter where you are from, getting to the next level is imperative, that passion should never die.”

“My forthcoming collection is all about sharp clean lines, elegance and simplicity understated luxury. I want to fuse fashion cultures together, essentially bringing fashion trends together from a global standpoint, such as the structure of English tailoring with the Italian flamboyancy and that understated allure of the French. For the rest you’ll have to wait and see.”

Brian Ezeala’s charm and charisma cant help but make you smile, in a ruthless game like fashion his down to earth persona is incredibly refreshing. Most recently Jermaine Jackman winner of The Voice 2014 oozed his vocal talent in one of Brian Ezealas creations. The TMC red overcoat.

Brian Ezeala also recently collaborated with Back2Black Awards Co-Host Charles ‘Chucky’ Venn, best known for his roles in Eastenders, Footballers Wives and Casualty. Charles is the leading actor in the film AWOL which premiered recently in the UK and will be shown exclusively at BAFTA at the Back2Black Awards. Brian Ezeala designed a bespoke Brian Ezeala City Slicker suit. The Brian Ezeala brand is already making its mark and with this designer at the helm, things can only get better.