Gapelii is a premium high-end fashion brand, created for both men and women. We offer premium handcrafted apparel and sneakers. What makes us different? Gapelii is built to influence, encourage and make everyone feel comfortable wearing our brand.


Unique Fashion Show to Commemorate Juneteenth, Give Back to the Community
June 18, 2021
Shelby Cashman
KOCO News 5
Makeup is being applied. And the designs are reading to be taken for a spin down the runway. Gapelii, along with other local designers like Bell Aime, along with volunteers from the Paul Mitchell school in Norman, are getting ready for the “Blooming Into Juneteenth” show. The event is free and starts at 2 p.m. Saturday with music and blessings from local pastors at the Myriad Gardens Water Stage. The fashion show begins at 5 p.m.
January 13, 2021
Susan Wood
North Bay Business Journal
Black fashion designer Andrew Akufo would be the first to say he’s color blind at the suggestion he would create a clothing line for one race. On the contrary, his Gapelii brand is a new style designed for anyone who wants to appear luxurious yet comfortable. He shudders at the notion consumers would expect his style to mean “street wear.”
December 2020
Karen Kizer
Sonoma Magazine
Haven't put on a proper pair of pants in six months? Neither have we. And there's no need to with these comfy and stylish outfits.


November 2020
Matt Villano
Sonoma Magazine
The new fashion brand designs and sells t-shirts, hats, denim jackets, shoes, infant onesies, zip-up hoodies, and face masks.                                                     
August 10, 2020
Kyle Sekimoto
CBSN Bay Area
CBSN Bay Area talks to Andrew Akufo, co-founder and partner of Gapelii, a black-owned clothing brand based in San Francisco, CA and Hobbs, NM. 10% of all proceeds and sales are donated back to the communities they serve, providing scholarships, clothing and food to under-served populations and youth.                                                                                                                       
July 5, 2020
Ann Caranza
Press Democrat (Newspaper)
Andrew Akufo and business partner Toja Hodge have launched the fashion line Gapelii Brand, which is an acronym for Growth, Ambition, Prosperity, Elevate, Lifestyle, Innovation and Influence.                                                                          
July 2, 2020
Lacey Lett
KFOR TV News 4
A native Oklahoman who is making his mark on the fashion industry is giving back to an organization close to his heart.                                                                                                                                                                                              Building a Brand and Creating Influence w/ Toja Hodge (Gapelii Brand)
June 17, 2020
Brandon Robertson
Pursuit of Fire (Podcast)
Toja Hodge, CEO and founder of Gapelii Brand, a high end luxury fashion brand straight out of Hobbs, NM is using their resources to give back to the community, both in Hobbs and all over the country.                                                
May 28, 2020
Jami Seymore
KRQE TV News 13
Less than a year after opening, a New Mexico company is already selling their clothes all around the world. When you think about luxury fashion, cities like New York or Paris may come to mind, but two designers want to change that, starting a brand out of Hobbs.                                                                                 
May 3, 2020
Rozanna Martinez
Albuquerque Journal (Newspaper)
An acronym aimed to inspire and influence New Mexicans to chase their dreams is the name of a fashion line created by two men from Hobbs.
                                                                                                                                Gapelii: Fashion for the Next Generation
May 1, 2020
Pierre Gervois
Face of America Magazine
New York-based art and travel publication, exploring the U.S and reaching audiences of all demographics from the U.S. all the way to China.                                                                                                                                                        Creating a Dream From Scratch
April 5, 2020
Todd Bailey
Hobbs News-Sun
Gapelii Brand embarks on a business venture, they hope, will put them shoulder
to shoulder with some of the world’s finest designers.                                                                                                                                                                             
Growth | Ambition | Prosperity| Lifestyle | Innovation | Influence
This is the Gapelii Brand vision