K.NGSLEY Fashion Designer, Kingsley Gbadegesin, on Getting Started

  • K.NGSLEY is a genderless fashion label launched by Kingsley Gbadegesin.
  • A year after its launch, it’s snapped up celebrity clients and a Teen Vogue cover. 
  • This is part of Insider’s entrepreneur series Star, Rising, which highlights early entrepreneurs.

Name: Kingsley Gbadegesin

Age: 28

Location: Brooklyn, New York

Business: A genderless clothing line that celebrates Black, queer, femme bodies.

Backstory: Despite his decade of fashion experience, Kingsley Gbadegesin found himself filing for unemployment last year as creative jobs began to dry up. Meanwhile, the pandemic was ravaging communities, and Black Lives Matter protests were sweeping the nation.

Gbadegesin decided to take his fashion experience, his leftover money, and new free time to launch a clothing line that highlights and caters to the Black and LGBTQ communities. 

Three people sit modeling sweaters

Product imagery of KINGSLEY

Kingsley Gbadegesin

So, in September 2020, he launched the K.NGSLEY fashion label, becoming one of more

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FILE – Designer Virgil Abloh walks backstage prior to his Off-White ready to wear Fall-Winter 2019-2020 collection, that was presented in Paris, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. Abloh, a leading fashion executive hailed as the Karl Lagerfeld of his generation, has died after a private battle with cancer. He was 41. Abloh’s death was announced Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021 by LVMH Louis Vuitton and the Off White label, the brand he founded. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File )


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