Sister design duo Lizzy and Darlene Okpo from Queens, New York, named their collection
Sister design duo Lizzy and Darlene Okpo from Queens, New York, named their collection after their Nigerian father, who highly influenced the line. "We started the brand because we were motivated by our dad's experiences coming to New York as an immigrant from Nigeria," say Darlene and Lizzy. This foundation created a distinct look for the brand, which was started in 2010. "The William Okpo aesthetic is primarily based on playing with simple things and exaggerating them to make it fun," say the sisters. "We want our brand to illustrate the unique aesthetic that results from the juxtaposition of the immigrant's sense of style against the American cultural sensibilities, offering modern feminine designs with touches of masculine elements."