Thursday, 30 May 2013

Who's who in Kenyan Fashion: KANGAKULTURE


KANGAKULTURE


What's your name? 
Juliet Kwamboka


Why did you choose to design? 
It just seemed natural to want to translate my thoughts into fashion. I am a pretty introverted person and fashion gives me an avenue to express myself. Fashion is about self-expression and one can tell a lot about someone by how they dress.



What or who is your inspiration? 
I am inspired by Roberto Cavalli and his ingenuous use of the print fabric. I also have a penchant for long flowy dresses, which he does well. I also admire how Duro Olowu and boxing kitten play around with the African fabric.


Do you generate income? 
Yes we do. The industry is still very seasonal but it definitely has potential. It is amazing how much it has grown since I first started


What's Kanga Kulture's style?
 KK style is feminine with clean lines. We like to play with the empire waist, which is very forgiving on the voluptuous African woman’s body. We are also known for our mix-n-match pieces that go well with what’s already in your wardrobe.



Who are your customers?
My customers are bold and not afraid to wear prints.


Have you showcased before?
Yes, we have done several fashion shows e.g NFM, YWCA Centenniel celebrations and the annual Goat Derby





How do we find you?
 We are located in Adams Arcade Shopping centre. Ground flr near the Java restaurant. 
Tel: 0717066005. Email: Juliet@kangakulture.com. Website: www.kangakulture.com





















Thursday, 23 May 2013

Who's who in Kenyan Fashion: UTAMADUNIWEAR


UTAMADUNIWEAR

My name is Wambui Wamutogoria, head designer and founder of Utamaduniwer


I design because I like the idea of making everyday items that make cultural reference


I'm inspired by the African Vibe, I use African prints, bright colors and bold accessories


I generate my income through individuals who want me to make them dresses bags and accessories, as well as through boutiques who order Utamaduni to sell in their stores.


What's my style? I love print and colour, and detailed, precise, clean tailored looks


My client are people that appreciate the beauty of African prints, people that love colour and women that love to stand out.
I have showcased my collections at several fashion shows and also sell at fashion markets such as The Nairobi Fashion Market

You could reach me as follows:
twitter:@wamutogoria

Monday, 13 May 2013

Who's who in Kenyan Fashion: KOOROO AND COLLANE DI BETTA

KOOROO AND COLLANE DI BETTA


On the 10th March 2013, Kooroo and Collane Di Betta had a launch at their new location in CREA House, Lower Kabete in Nairobi. They hosted an afternoon of cheese and wine, music and wow! fashion! Their collections are just breathtaking. Let's have a quick introduction, for those who don't know these exceptional designers.



Le Collane Di Betta is a jewelery designer brand based in Kenya by Italian designer Elisabetta Capolino. the brand has been recognized in numerous in Africa and Europe. It boasted three collections at the launch: Art Collection, Fashion Collection and Design Collection


Kooroo is the inspiration of Hebret Lakew and Enid Lanez. Kooroo is a ready to wear label, targeting women with a global view of fashion. One of my personal favourites Kooroo has shown their collection several times at FAFA as well as Swahili Fashion Week amongst others. The label has two collections each year. The inspiration for each collection is drawn from Africa's rich cultural lifestyles 


All in all it was a great experience, the ambience was mellow, intimate and stylish. Models strolled around and mingled with the guests looking gorgeous in those outfits, makeup done by Skin by Alison Caroline. Fantastic merlot wine, and cheese by Raka and how could I forget the succulent roast by Ariana's Unique Dinners and Catering
















 For more information, contact:

Kooroo
Mobile: +254 728 293897

Le Collane Ltd
Mobile:+254 723 209548




Friday, 3 May 2013

Who's who In Kenyan Fashion: KIPUSA CLOTHING


KIPUSA

What's your name?
Ann Mpinga


Why did you choose to design?

I fell in love with fashion when I was young. I used to make clothes for my dolls and my mom had a hard time keeping me away from her sewing kit. When I got older, I knew I wanted to be in the creative industry. however I hadn't quite figured out what way I wanted to channel my creativity. I ended up pursuing media studies and have a Bachelors Degree in social Communications, majoring in Radio Production. 
I worked in Nairobi and Ethiopia and for a while forgot about fashion as I needed to focus on my media career which was quite demanding. It was a while I was living in Addis Ababa that I started getting interested in pursuing fashion again. It started off with me designing dresses for myself, to wear to functions.
My very last work assignment before returning to Nairobi was serving as Project Director for Hub of Africa Fashion Week. This was when the love really grew and after such a successful event, i knew that the next time I was part of a fashion show, it would be because I was showcasing my collection. I started Kipusa in May 2011 and I've never looked back :)


What is your inspiration?

I get inspired by so many things, my faith, Beautiful flowers, textured fabric, prints, curves! Personality/Designer-wise, it would be Lisa Folawiyo of Jewel by Lisa,  her work is simply flawless and the cuts are simple yet sophisticated. Just like me she has no formal training in fashion, she is actually a lawyer by training who turn her clothing line into one of the most coveted luxury brands by an African designer


Do you generate income?

Yes I do, it sustains my business, this is what I do full time


What's Kipusa's Style?

My style is bold, young and fun. I create styles that young people appreciate and older people also feel comfortable and stylish wearing. I love colour, I love experimenting with different fabrics and texture. I love taking risks!


Who is your customer?

I would say it's the woman in her early 20's all the way into the woman in her 60's. I have both local and international clients. I love dressing curvy women too, some of my most memorable moments hve been when showcasing using plus size models.


Have you showcased before?

Yes I showcased at the 2nd edition of Hub of Africa Fashion Week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (April 2012), FAFA Insight Emerging Designer Competition (June 2012) and Nigeria Fashion Week (Nov 2012)


How do we find you?

Facebook page: Kipusa
Website: www.kipusaclothing.com
Email: kipusaclothing@gmail.com or anne@kipusaclothing.com
The photos are randomly selected, and everyone will be able to see more photos on my website (which goes live, April 5th) and also on my Facebook page