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Suakoko Betty

Charlene Dunbar

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suakoko betty (pronounced SWAH-ko-ko) is a lifestyle brand inspired by African design. Owner and creative director Charlene Dunbar was born in Liberia and moved to Atlanta when she was 11 as a civil war refugee. She took style lessons from her mom and Liberian church ladies, spliced them with her contemporary point of view, and suakoko betty was born. Print mixing, surprise colors and sleek styling are her signature. After being selected as a Belk Southern Designer Showcase winner, suakoko betty's authentic African wax print dress collection was sold in select Belk stores and received rave reviews from longstanding and new customers. suakoko betty has been featured in ESSENCE and Garden and Gun and is available at boutiques in the Southeast US and online.