Thursday, July 18, 2024

Minority Business Highlight: Afrikan Authentix

Afrikan Authentix is an online clothing boutique specializing in authentic handmade African clothing and accessories.

Created by Laila A. Saahir, Afrikan Authentix aims to provide customers with clothing to help them express their identities and celebrate their heritages. Saahir moved to the U.S. from Cameroon 10 years ago and started the boutique as a side business to make a little extra money while being a stay-at-home-mom. However, her business quickly took off.

Each clothing item is made to blend modern fashion with traditional and authentic African culture. The shop offers a variety of clothing and shoes in addition to accessories, including beaded and African print bags, gold plated, African print and beaded jewelry and folding hand fans. 

Afrikan Authentix clothing and accessories are all “handcrafted by master artisans from all over the continent, who use traditional techniques and materials to create unique and beautiful pieces,” according to the website. Products are sourced from Africa, either through first-hand travel or by placing orders.

“We want our customers to feel empowered, proud and connected to their African roots when they interact with our brand,” the website states.

Afrikan Authentix currently operates online. However, Saahir can be found at festivals and special events around the city. For more information or to shop on the website, visit To get in contact, email or call 240-883-2599.

This minority business highlight was composed by CHLOE McGOWAN at the Indianapolis Recorder, who can be reached at 317-762-7848 or via email at If you would like your business highlighted in the Indianapolis Minority Business Magazine, click here!

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