Andrew Ibi is a designer, artist and educator. He is currently the MA Fashion course director at Kingston University, and programme leader for the BA Fashion: Design & Communicaiton and MA Fashion: Innovation and Realisation courses at Liverpool School of Art & Design.
Awarded Graduate of the Year at Middlesex University, Ibi went on to head up menswear design for Burlington and Club Monaco, before launching his own labels, HandPaintibi and Whitelines. He later shuttered these and opened the forward thinking retail space The Convenience Fashion Store. In recent years, his work in academia has involved developing research around social trends and its impact on design, fashion and sustainability. His work has also explored cultural nostalgia, belonging and displacement.
In 2019, Ibi launched swimwear brand E.Macbean with his partner Eleanor, debuting during London Fashion Week with a presentation that explored the tensions between the female body, the wearer and the viewer via a life drawing class. Much of Ibi's work features his illustrations, which he also hand paints onto garments.
As co-founder of BOLD (The Black Orientated Legacy Development Agency), Ibi works in partnership with the BFC and the IPF on numerous initiatives focused on inclusion and diversity, intent on changing the narrative around Black British fashion and its contribution to British culture.