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About The Designers

Spotlight: Leap Year

Janet Mugume

Pamela Kahwa. Founder and Creative Director of Leap Year, creators of bold and vibrant pieces that fuse classic fashion styles with ethnic undertones for the woman who wants to express her own unique style, celebrate her form, and explore her femininity. Made in Uganda. Available at Bold Kampala and Kigali.

 

What were you like in high school?

Quiet and reserved, with a few close friends. Participated in sporting activities but was an average athlete. Lol.  

 

 Where is your “happy" place?

Pretty much anytime/anywhere I get to work out. I find some level of peace in being able to only focus on pushing my body to its absolute limits.

 

What would your superpower be?

Definitely telepathy! Imagine being able to sway one’s thoughts, influence decisions. Powers could be used for good or bad. The possibilities are endless

 

What are the questions that you don’t like to answer?

Questions about myself, I feel like I’m being put on the spot.

 

What is your star sign?

Gemini.

 

How would you describe yourself in one word?

Versatile.

 

How would you describe your overall style?

Leap Year Clothing compares the imaginative and flirty with the sexy and sophisticated. We create pieces that incorporate bold colours, unique prints, and eclectic details to create vibrant and dynamic pieces with a modern sensibility. Each piece is created with calculated simplicity and thoughtful detailing.

 

What are you currently working on?

We’re currently completing our new collection for S/S17. Bringing the concept to life has been quite challenging but we are looking forward to sharing it with our customers, and we hope they love it as much as we do!

 

How do you keep your team motivated?

I try to involve them in the creative process as much as possible; I want them to feel like they own the designs as much as I do. I also like to share our key successes with them. This reminds them that they play a big part in the success of the brand and the business as a whole.

 

Out of all your collections, which has been your favorite to design?

Our first collection, Tropical Charm. It was like venturing into a new world. Into the great unknown, such a huge change from working with custom orders. I got to express raw creativity, experiment with loads of fabric combinations and learn about working with colours. Considering that I have had no formal training in fashion, this was a steep learning curve for me. But it was necessary, and I’ve grown a lot as a designer since then.

 

Give us a little hint! What should we expect from you at bold this season?

A celebration of femininity.

 

How do you stay up-to-date with what is trending?

For the most part, I don’t. We want for our pieces to allow customers to express their personal style, and this can be difficult when the designs are limited to certain trends.

 

Jacket: Available at Bold Kampala and Bold Kigali.

Photography: Blush Media.

 

Spotlight: Zizi Africa

Janet Mugume

Mary Musau. Co-founder of Zizi Africa, where love meets design, culture falls in love with modernism and a new era, powered by our heritage, is born. Functional fashion. Handcrafted leather goods. Made in Kenya. Available in stores.   

 

What is your definition of bold?

Not afraid to stand out and break the rules set by society.

 

How would you describe yourself in one word?

Driven.

 

What would your superpower be?

Self-multiplication.

 

Which words or phrases do you overuse?

Okay. Whatever.

 

What is your star sign?

Cancer.

 

What is one of your guilty pleasures?

Hoarding shoes.

 

Describe your brand.

Cutting edge.

 

Describe your overall style.

Zizi bags and accessories are eye-catching, contemporary and versatile.

 

Out of all your collections, which has been your favorite to design?

The collection we are working on now is my favorite as we are exploring places and materials from different parts of the continent - and meeting great people!

 

Are there any elements that you carry through all your designs?

All the materials used on our bags are sourced and made in Africa, we also deliberately work with young people who are supporting themselves through their amazing crafts and skills.

 

What is your least favorite part of being self-employed?

Not knowing if the path you’re on is the right one, and feeling like you are not doing enough.

 

What are your current favorite fashion trends?

Over-sized bags and bold clashing colors.


 

Choker, available at Bold Kampala and Kigali.