This rising star designer is embracing her Congolese heritage on her own terms

In September, when the New York fashion scene converged for the city’s full return to live runway shows since the Covid-19 pandemic, one highly-anticipated brand was visibly absent from the runway. Months after being awarded a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund grant for emerging designers, Anifa Mvuemba, founder of women’s apparel label Hanifa, opted out of the Manhattan bustle with a simple message to its patrons: “stay tuned.”

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