D’aku Designs is owned and operated by Florence Aku Sevor.
Florence’s love of fashion began when she lived in Ghana, West Africa. Africa’s vibrant fabrics (Batiks, Kente cloth) have always been a great source of inspiration for Florence. In pursuit of her dream to be a designer, she graduated from the Tema Vocational School of Ghana and worked in the Tema Textile Garment industry for several years.
With her extensive experience in garment making, Florence moved to Canada and started designing children’s wear in Montreal. However, it was upon moving to Ottawa that she discovered her passion for knitwear. After taking a knitting machine course in 1983, she was inspired to create unique, quality knitwear that complimented her textile background.
Today, Florence aims to cross cultural boundaries with her designs at D’aku. She still travels regularly to Ghana in search of unique fabrics to incorporate into her work. Her collections effortlessly blend functionality with flare: timeless, unique, and comfortable. Florence is also dedicated to inclusive fashion and designs for all sizes and generations.
We describe Florence’s work as honest - straight from the heart through the hand. She loves creating fresh designs for her loyal customers and, of course, introducing new clients to her wonderful brand.
We invite you to come by our shop in Ottawa’s Byward Market to experience Florence’s colorful collections in person. You can also purchase items from her latest collection on our shop page.
We hope to see you soon!
“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do” ~ Rumi