Loza Maléombho is an Ivorian American fashion designer. She was raised between Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire and Silver Spring, Maryland. At age 13 she found interest in fashion while designing for her mother her aunts and her own school uniforms. In 2006 she graduated with a BFA in animation at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. In order to gain further experience in fashion, she then moved to New York City, where she interned for designers Jill Stuart, Yigal Azrouël and Cynthia Rowley. In 2009 she launched her self-titled label.