Henry Coffie is a businessman and a fashion designer specializing in classic menswear tailoring and bespoke suit designing. He was born and raised in the Ashanti tribe in Ghana, Africa. In 2001, Henry Coffie arrived in Paris to live with his mother. He was still pretty young during this time and had just recently finished his high school education from West Africa Sec School (WASS). His mother was already working as a hairstylist in Paris for more than a decade and he started off with her in the saloon she was working in. Henry had big hopes and dreams for his future and came to Paris with the intention to look for greener pastures and opportunities to fulfill his dreams.
He had to work extremely hard in order to make a name for himself and to be where he is today. Henry further states that he never hesitated from working hard. Therefore, he even did a couple of jobs that had no link to the fashion industry at all. These jobs included working as a hotel receptionist, a dishwasher, and even a street hawker. It is not common for fashion designers to do these jobs. However, in order to make a name for himself, Henry did it all. Although these jobs were not related to fashion, they did help him learn a lot about how society works.
An internship in Paris with a suit store called Yves Dorsey was when he first started off his career in the fashion industry. Additionally, he likewise worked with a men’s wear store in Paris called 3eme Stella Rosso. All of these different stores extended his strong passion for men’s style and ignited his interest in designing suits. Moreover, working with Nicolas Massing London inspired him the most. He was moved by the impeccable suits from the designer’s collections and believed that even he could design suits that were just about as impeccable as Nicolas Massing’s.
When talking about his past successes and failures, Henry stated that one’s failures and successes lie more in his mindset and the way in which he perceives things. Therefore, he says that he does not let the past define him or let his failures bring him down. However, he learns from his mistakes and always aspires to do better in order to become a better version of himself. Despite this, he does believe that one of his major successes was when he inaugurated his first even store in America in May 2017. Opening a store in America and becoming one of the best fashion designers in that country had always been Henry’s dream. Therefore, he counts his store in Philadelphia as one of his major successes and achievements.
Furthermore, Henry Coffie has also been given a number of different awards. He was honored with the award of excellence by The Fashion 500 in NYC and the Fashion Designer 2019 Upper Darby Philadelphia award. In addition to this, his name was also in the Best Fashion Designer 2020 Business Hall of Fame.