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Barbara Kiama founder and Creative Head Designer at Barbara Accessories and her passion for Persons with albinism

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Where can we find your designs both locally and international?

You can find us at www.barbara-accessories.com The site caters for both the local and international market. We are also on social media as Barbara Accessories.

Any future plans to expand to other major cities across Kenya and Africa?

Yes, I am currently in talks with two online retailers; one local and one regional to see how best we can partner to promote African fashion. Unfortunately, I cannot give any more information until everything is confirmed.

How would you describe your personal style?

My personal style is Simple, Sophisticated and Functional. I walk a lot, so my number one priority is to be comfortable and have the right pairs of shoes on.

If you were given an opportunity to work with local or international accessory designer, who will you love to work with?

I would love to work with Moyo By Bibi.

Their pieces are very cultural and authentic and designed for a specific type of woman. The type who is proud of her heritage and wants to stand out. I would jump on any opportunity to create a new line for a simple woman.

The designs you created are no doubt good enough, but who and which things were your inspiration while creating such designs. 

My clients are my inspiration.

I have learned to listen to them and what they want. While doing custom made apparel, a number of them always ordered smart casual for Fashion Friday but always wanted to wear a kitenge outfit to work other than Friday. The only problem is, majority of our kitenge prints are very bold for the corporate world. That is why our signature look lays in our subtle African prints that work for the corporate world.

There’s so much pressure for designers to come out with their greatest collection season after season. What advice would you give to young designers just starting out and hoping to make it in the industry?

I was once a victim of that kind of pressure, all I can say is don’t think too much about it, don’t compare your work with others or try and prove you’re a better designer than others. The moment you do, you’ll start questioning yourself and that’s where the pressure kicks in.

Lastly, as a trend forecasting lecturer who understands the importance of trends in ensuring successful sale of a product in the market, what I suggest you do is identify the trends that will appeal to you clientele then combine your creative design to the trend in order to differentiate your work from others in the market.

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