About Us

Rakiyt and David


I’m Rakiyt  “Raki” and this is my son David “Dave”, The ORIGINAL Original David. Welcome to our brand, this is our legacy. Thank you for helping us build an inheritance that will last for generations. So let me tell you a little bit about myself (in third person)...

 Rakiyt Zakari holds a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Merchandising from Howard University and a Certificate of Design from Central Saint Martins in London. She started The Original David clothing brand in 2004 and has collaborated with Nike, National Geographic, Amnesty International and other internationally known brands. Rakiyt has also travelled on behalf of The United States State Department to Monterrey Mexico to be a guest lecturer on entrepreneurship and design principles. In 2017 Raki opened her first brick and mortar store in Norfolk Virginia.  When she is not designing, you can find her reading mystery and adventure novels, singing ridiculous songs to her cat Jin or embarassing her very talented, very tall, and very awesome son David.