Tuesday 11th of August 2020

Nairobi, Kenya

Meet British-Nigerian Young Talented Fashion Designer Elizabeth-Yemi Akingbade Founder of Yemzi Brand

Posted On : August 13, 2018

Ann Mumbi


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How would you describe your personal style?
Elizabeth-Yemi Akingbade: Tapered, cropped, light, comfortable and colourful

If you were given opportunity to work with local or international fashion designer who will you love to work with?
Elizabeth-Yemi Akingbade: I think I’d love to work with Stella McCartney because I enjoy many of her designs and I align with her ethical practises.

The designs you created are no doubt good enough, but who and which things were your inspiration while creating such designs
Elizabeth-Yemi Akingbade: Life inspires my work – the good and bad experiences, my culture, popular culture…

Your name and your status became bigger than life at a certain point. Was it ever difficult being considered as an icon? Like people would only see the fashion genius Yemzi Fashion House and not the person?
Elizabeth-Yemi Akingbade: I know that I inspire many but I’m not sure if I’m considered an icon lol. I love genuine admiration and appreciation for my work, apart from a way to express myself that is what it’s all about – to create things people love or at least have a positive emotional response to.

There’s so much pressure for designers to come out with their greatest collection season after season.
Elizabeth-Yemi Akingbade: It’s the same with anyone who is serious in their field from athletes to musicians

What advice would you give to young designers just starting out and hoping to make it in the industry?
Elizabeth-Yemi Akingbade: Starting your own label is a hundred times harder than it looks but with studying the industry, focusing on your offer, target customers and network you can carve out a space for your work.

your closing remarks and advice to young fashion designer
Elizabeth-Yemi Akingbade: Live with love and follow your dreams

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Ann Mumbi

An expert in style and image, Fashion Addict focuses on brands worn by showbiz stars who have large numbers of fans worldwide Member Of #NairobiFashionHub Team