OkayAfrica's 100 Women
Dynasty + Soull Ogun | Credit: Karston Tannis/@SkinnyWasHere

Step Into the World of Soull and Dynasty Ogun—the Duo Behind Brooklyn’s Coolest Fashion Brand

We spend an afternoon with the Nigerian-Dominican twins as they break down all things ibeji energy.

The cold that hits the face every morning in a New York February can be distracting, if not painful. I touch my nose, red from the freezing wind, as I walk up the stairs of a Brooklyn duplex, where I meet a full rack of shoes at the door. I know the drill. Entering a home sans footwear is a given and second-nature in African homes; not only does it keep in line with the cleanliness of the space, but it's also a way to ensure the protection of the energy in the home. I take off my coat and slide off my shoes as custom. As I undo a bundled scarf, Soull Ogun greets me with a warm "how are you?" Taking in a deep breath of cleansed air, I reply. "I'm fine." I'd like to think my brevity is due to my thawing, but still stiff body. Later, I realize it's due to the nerves of finally sitting down with the coolest twins in Brooklyn, or rather the world.

The latter statement isn't hyperbole. One look at Dynasty and Soull Ogun's online footprint reveals that their coolness is unmatched. An originality that can't be duplicated, the two effortlessly pull off looks from their fashion house L'Enchanteur in a way that makes you wish you too were dripping in textured, androgynous trousers, velvet durags and thick gold bracelets. And it isn't for promotion—what you see on curated Instagram timelines is what you get in person. The two are through-and-through their authentic selves. We're just along on their journey.

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OkayAfrica's 100 Women

In Photos: This Is What OkayAfrica 100 Women's First Gathering of the Month Looked Like

OkayAfrica 100 Women 2019 honorees Clemantine Wamariya, Soull and Dynasty Ogun along with curator Neema Githere imparted fulfilling words on personal storytelling in a panel discussion at Okay Space.

We've hit the ground running celebrating our third iteration of this year's fabulous OkayAfrica 100 Women honorees and Sunday marked our first auxiliary event of the month, bringing the sentiments and purpose of the list to life.

Peeling Back: The Art and Origin of Personal Storytelling was a panel discussion moderated by 2019 honoree and author Clemantine Wamariya. In conversation with curator Neema Githere (replacing honoree Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, who unfortunately couldn't attend due to illness) and fellow honorees Soull and Dynasty Ogun of L'Enchanteur, the women shared with an intimate gathering of supporters in Okay Space their own origin stories, how their stories are ever-evolving and how their anchor and surround themselves with the people—past and present—who are interwoven with their stories too.

Throughout the month of March there will be more opportunities to gather in community to amplify and uplift the 2019 honorees (and each other). Keep tabs on the events page via the OkayAfrica 100 Women website here—and don't forget to RSVP for updates.

Take a look at images from the gathering, with images by Nerdscarf Photography, below.

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