Barbara Kiama founder and Creative Head Designer at Barbara Accessories and her passion for Persons with albinism
You’re closing remarks and advice for young Africa fashion designer.
If you want to go far, walk alone. If you want to go further, walk with others. As I mentioned earlier, I did not get to where I am in my career by myself, a few Kenyan designers helped me along the way and I would gladly do the same for others. Why? Because Life is hard! We share the same challenges and we share the same goals.
As a fashion lecturer and mentor, it is my job to give young and aspiring designers the information they need to succeed in this industry. I choose to be a leader and help other make it and grow the fashion industry rather than be a boss, be selfish in my information just to make it to the top alone and have a short lived success.
I am at that point in my career where I see the benefits of working together and supporting each other than going solo. My advice to young designers is to learn to work together and view each other as allies rather than competition. You are the future of this industry not the big fashion brands you hear of today. You are the ones who will put Kenyan fashion on the map but in order to do that, you all need to work together as Brand Kenya. Kigali fashion week has begun and the Ethiopian fashion industry is growing. If we as Kenyan designers don’t get our act together Rwanda and Ethiopian Fashion industries will be the leaders of East African Fashion in the next three years and we will be nowhere. So for the sake of Brand Kenya, let us put our differences aside and learn to work together.
Content Courtesy Of Barbara Accessories & Nairobi Fashion Hub