who are we?

Burkinabaé is an independent online retailer of "Couture Eyewear" and accessories. We conceptualize and design all our couture eyewear and accessories in our atelier in Los Angeles, California. We pull our inspiration from our world travels, and experiences. Our one of a kind designs are purposely created, but change frequently as we make new discoveries in art and nature.

Who is she?

Our head designer Karen Emilienne (Emmi) Chatelain  started designing in her early years. Adopted from Burkina Faso by European parents, and encouraged to follow her dreams of using fashion to change lives for the better in Burkina Faso; she began using her imagination and what was provided in nature, to create. Emmi used her culture as her muse. Today, her collections represent this cultural richness and authentic flair that her customers demand.

Emmi decided to name the brand Burkinabaé a derivative of "Burkinabe" which is the nationality of the people from Burkina Faso. One of the many reasons she named the brand that was to stay close to her people and remember daily why she creates. As a current initiative for Burkina Faso we are looking to start a large fashion co-op in Burkina Faso.  

In the future

Within the next decade, she has plans on starting a manufacturing co-op for local tailors in and around the capital city Ougadougou Burkina Faso. Her love for her country runs deep, but deepened to another level after her visit to Burkina Faso in 2012. As she walked into the tailors shops and saw the beauty that lay within, she knew she had to find a way to help these tailors. She wants to share their talent with the world. She plans on having them solely manufacture a clothing line conducive to two cultures... African and European, the very two cultures that created this designer.