Olivia M’Bia was born in Cameroon, although she has lived in Spain since 2014, in the city of Seville. In 2010 she graduated in Finance, Accounting and Business Administration in the Ivory Coast Chamber of Commerce. However, since an early age she was fascinated by her grandmother’s work, a designer of traditional african clothing, and her aunt, who dared to modernize them.
In 2012 she arrived in London where she worked with designer Emma Griths. Emma’s studio were opened to her and there she rediscovered that passion for fashion which was awakened in her native land before. In collaboration with Griths, she created her first collection (intended exclusively for men) in Cameroon: All produced there, using cameroonian cotton and local workers. In addition, a percentage of the profits was destined to a cameroonian orphanage. From then on, she has been maintaining that commitment with her country. After that first experience, she created two more collections until 2014, when Kwems was born.