The designs you created are no doubt good enough, but who and which things were your inspiration while creating such designs
Kelechi Uchendu : My imagination. I have gotten ideas for certain pieces, such as the dress I designed, from my dreams. Many times, I will have a random idea that pops into my head. I know many designers and fashionistas will go to Paris or New York to become inspired, but I am thankful that for me, getting inspired is a very simple process.
Your name and your status have become bigger than life. Was it ever difficult being considered as a fashion ambassador? Like people would only see the fashion genius Kay Kay’s Fashion and not the person behind the brand?
Kelechi Uchendu : First of all, thank you so much for your kind words. I never found it difficult being considered as a fashion ambassador. I also feel that I have been very open on my social media platforms, in the interviews that I have done, and on my blog (Kay Kay’s Way). Therefore, I feel that people are able to respect Kay Kay’s Fashion and are also able to respect and understand me as a person.
There is 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?
Kelechi Uchendu : I would tell young designers that they should just be true to themselves. It is completely fine to run your business in a different way from other designers. I have seen many successful designers that barely add new pieces to their brand and are doing just fine.
What are your closing remarks? Do you have any advice to young fashion designers?
Kelechi Uchendu : My advice is to put God first. Also, make sure that you stay very organized and focused. Finally, make sure that you cut people out of your life that are toxic and hold you back. Make sure that you only have true friends in your circle. The summer before I started my freshman year at Michigan State University, I practiced this. I cut off all of my “friends” and I ended up forming a new friend group in university that was filled with positive, genuine, and amazing people who have helped me become the woman I am today. I truly believe that this move (which was scary at the time) was very important to me becoming successful.
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