Inspired by her African roots, Liberian-born fashion designer and stylist Korto Momolu (pronounced Cut • Toe – Mo • Mo • Lu) is stamping her global brand with fashion-forward women’s wear, ultimately creating art that celebrates the essence of her rich heritage through the use of traditional and luxury fabrics.
A graduate of the L’Academies des Couturiers Design Institute in Ottawa, Ontario [Korto relocated to Canada in 1990 following the coup in Liberia a year prior]. Korto launched her custom line while working as an independent fashion designer in 2006. Advancing her field experience, she auditioned for and earned a spot on the 5th season of Bravo TV’s hit show, Project Runway. Throughout the season, Korto’s primary signature fuse of color and diversity in style and presentation, in addition to her feisty spirit, resonated well with audiences. In the end, it earned her the prize of “fan favorite” and ultimately, a placement of 1st runner-up at the season’s close.
The Korto Momolu brand has over the years expanded to include creating an accessory line for Dillard’s Incorporated department stores; producing an eco-friendly jewelry line for the Smithsonian museum stores; designing the uniforms for the Walton Family Museum (Crystal Bridges); serving as the Cheerios’ ambassador for the Shoprite Partners in Caring “Knock Out Hunger” campaign; and contributing her time and talents to countless charitable and philanthropic endeavors.
Highlighted in the ‘Top 5 Designers to Watch’ at her debut season at New York fashion week SS2009 season, Korto has been featured in many international and national publications and has appeared on numerous television shows, including two seasons of Project Runway AllStars.
In the fall of 2019 Korto Collaborated with Women Grow, an organization focused on female leadership in the Cannabis industry. The Korto Momolu for Women Grow line was Created and presented at NYFW for SS20 shows. The line included sustainable fabrications, including hemp and cork.
She presently makes her home with her husband and children in Little Rock, Arkansas.