suakoko betty. Translation: awesome, fun, colorful designs!


One thing I love about being a fashion writer is that I get to talk about wonderful and unique products. I enjoy nothing more than showcasing the hard work and efforts of local entreprenuers, and add the element of fashion to the mix, well… what could be more fun?! If you read Mother of Style in print each month for Charlotte Parent, you likely already know my passion for bright and bold color, as well as pattern mixing. One local designer’s work, Charlene Dunbar, encompasses all of that and more in her line of bright patterns and whimsical designs, suakoko betty. suakoko betty was launched in 2007, with the goal of transforming authentic West African wax and resist-dye prints into dresses and separates that are flattering and current. The response to Charlene’s designs has been great– women of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds have been eager to embrace and unleash their crafty, colorful, and chic “inner betty”! Consumer excitement was so pronounced that in June of 2013 Charlene was named a winner of the Belk Southern Designer Showcase and now, in select Belk stores and on will be carrying suakoko betty designs. To get a glimpse of all this suakoko betty fabulousness, visit the website here, or the suakoko betty designs at