About Fashion Designer Charlene Dunbar

"I'm really glad I was born African. Africa is that cool, sophisticated friend who tells the best jokes, has the best food at her house, and out-hustles everyone. I started suakoko betty to show off that friend, with all her wit, confidence and genius."

- Charlene Dunbar

suakoko betty (pronounced SWAH-ko-ko) is a lifestyle brand inspired by African design. Owner and creative director Charlene Dunbar was born in Liberia and moved to Atlanta when she was 11. She took style lessons from her mom and Liberian church ladies, spliced them with her contemporary point of view, and suakoko betty was born. Print mixing, surprise colors and sleek styling are her signature. After being selected as a 2014 Belk Southern Designer Showcase winner, suakoko betty's authentic African wax print dress collection was sold in select Belk stores and received rave reviews from longstanding and new customers. suakoko betty has been featured in ESSENCE and Garden and Gun and is available at boutiques in the Southeast US and online at www.suakokobetty.com.