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About The Designers

Spotlight: OP Clothing

Janet Mugume

Beki Alyawo. Director of OP Clothing, elegant African print clothing and accessories. Made in Uganda. Available at Bold Kampala.   

 

What is your definition of bold?

Being comfortable in your skin, your body, whatever you’re dressed in.

 

How would you describe yourself in one word?

Assertive.

 

Where is your happy place?

Travelling - long journeys.

 

What are you looking forward to?

More good days with Bold in Africa. More international runways. I feel it. I see it coming.

 

What would your super power be?

Feeding the poor - like God did with the Egyptians.

 

What were you like in high school?

I always found a way around things.

 

Define your brand in one word.

Simple.

 

Where did you start your entrepreneurial journey?

It started way back in my childhood, I would sell my candy for a few cents. In 2015, I joined OP Clothing, as the Public Relations manager. In 2016, I decided to partner with Patricia Otoa – the OP Clothing Founder - and bought the franchise in Uganda, as she concentrates on Europe. 

 

Describe your overall style.

Vintage.

 

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

Our 2016 Nairobi Fashion Week collection - very bright, bubbly and practical.

 

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

Simplicity and comfort, every day of the week.

 

What is your typical day like?

6:30am, wake-up. Prayer. I get dressed – this takes an hour, minimum. I check-in at my two major stores to supervise progress, then follow up on my meetings, usually scheduled from 11:00am. My day typically ends at 8.00pm.

 

Dress, available at Bold Kampala.

Spotlight: Simma Africa

Janet Mugume

Natasha Simma. Founder and Creative Director of Simma Africa – an African fashion brand, made for all occasions. Made in Uganda. Available at Bold.

 

What would your superpower be?

Invisibility. 

 

Who inspires you to be better?

My mother.

 

What is your star sign?

Virgo.

 

What is your favorite word in your native language, and what does it mean?

Rukundo. It means "Love".

 

What is one of your guilty pleasures?

Fabric shopping.

 

What are you looking forward to?

Showcasing at New York Fashion Week, someday. Soon.

 

Describe your brand in one word.

Cosmopolitan.

 

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

My "Black Pearl" SS16 collection. It was fun and elegant.

 

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

Cut-outs and funky prints.

 

What are your current favorite fashion trends?

Chokers, velvet, beads, lace, metallic - they complement most outfits.

 

What is a typical workday like for you?

My day starts off in my workshop, there is always an order to make and clothing to finish. Then I deliver finished pieces to my retailer partners end my day at my home shop.

 

How do you keep your team motivated?

I always give my team new designs to work and give rewards to whoever executes my design best.

 

Cut-out shirt, available in store.

Spotlight: Inzuki Designs

Janet Mugume

Teta Isibo. Founder and creative director of Inzuki Designs, where traditional craft meets contemporary design - Jewelry, accessories, interior decor. African inspired. Globally loved. Made in Rwanda. Available at Bold.

 

What is your definition of bold?

Daring to be unconventional, unabashedly. Being your authentic self.

 

What would your superpower be?

Invisibility.

 

Where is your “happy" place?

Travelling somewhere I’ve never been before. Sundays with family. Anywhere my nieces are!

 

Without saying your age, tell us something from your childhood that you remember that a younger person wouldn't understand.

Good Music :).

 

Who inspires you to be better?

My president and my late grandparents.

 

What is your hidden talent?

A photographic memory, of sorts. Sadly, it’s mostly for useless information.

 

Describe your brand in one word

Colorful.

 

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

Our latest collection, which we launched at collectiverw fashion week last October. It introduced new elements of our work - beaded accessories, an intrinsic part of our identity. We took things a notch higher this time by creating clothes with the same signature beaded details. It was different, and unexpected, and embodied the ever-evolving nature of our brand.

 

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

When I am unsure about a decision and there’s no one higher in management who can just make it for me. So, I have to resort to flipping a coin instead. Kidding!

 

What are your current favorite fashion trends?

Bell sleeves - big statement sleeves. Chokers - particularly Inzuki ones. Anything off-shoulder, (slightly) ripped denim and white sneakers. I am a reformed color junkie doing a lot of all-black and monochrome minimalist looks.

 

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

Pinterest for fashion, and my teenage siblings for anything pop culture.

 

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

Starting my business. Everything I’ve achieved with Inzuki has been a sequence of events, a chain reaction that started with me actually launching my business! I think getting started is actually the hardest part - at least it was for me. 

Inzuki Designs Choker, available in store. 

Spotlight: Embody Accessories

Janet Mugume

Evlyn Kyegombe. Founder and Creative Director of Embody Accessories, a Kenyan-based accessories brand – unique, quirky and wearable, hand-made original and copyrighted designs. Eco-Fashion. Made in Kenya. Available in store.

 

How would you describe yourself in one word?

Observant.

 

Where is your happy" place?

·      My daughter’s excitement at various things, some truly simple and often ignored by us more 'seasoned' humans.

·      Working on Embody Accessories.

·      Singing.

 

Without saying your age, tell us something from your childhood that you remember that a younger person wouldn't understand.

Tapes - listening to music on them and recording songs composed by me. I still have many of my tapes from waaaay baaaack on my bookshelf. I occasionally listen to them.

 

Who inspires you to be better?

My mother and my daughter.

 

What is one of your guilty pleasures?

Thai massages.

 

What are you looking forward to?

Embody Accessories' continued growth

 

Describe your brand in one word.

Quirky.

 

Tell us about your background, how & when did you decide to start your entrepreneurial journey?

From designing for myself, to then discovering that people actually liked what I was doing and were willing to spend their hard earned money on an Embody design. To be honest, with each new sale I am still genuinely moved!

 

How would you describe your overall style?

Simple. Architectural. Engineered geometry. Yet somehow, still celebrating that quirky twist.

 

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

Yes - certainly! Form, structure, geometry but always with a quirky twist.

 

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

The never-ending mental juggling. As an employee one can be more wholly focused on their primary role without having to embrace, and own, the struggles of another role or department. As an entrepreneur it is ALL yours to embrace and it can get exhausting. That said, this is what keeps it extremely exciting, fresh, challenging and oh so rewarding!

 

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

For the most part - bloggers, YouTubers and new music videos.

 

Rings, available at Bold

Spotlight: With Love From Africa

Janet Mugume

Meghna Mangat. Founder and Creative Director of With Love From Africa, a Ugandan-based brand that aims to deliver unique products from the African continent. Made in Uganda. Available in store.

 

What would your superpower be?

To make everyone happy! Remove all the sadness from this world.

 

Where is your “happy" place?

With my husband and children in the bush.

 

Who inspires you to be better?

My daughter, Avleen. She looks at me with so much hope. I have to be better, for her.

 

What is your star sign?

Pieces.

 

What compliment do you receive most often? 

That I have beautiful skin.

 

What is one of your guilty pleasures?

Nutella.

 

Describe your brand in one word.

Pure.

 

How would you describe your overall style?

Simple and chic.

 

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

The travel bag.  

 

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

Natural skins. Ugandan leather.

 

What are you currently working on?

A men's line.

 

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

Social media and magazines.

 

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

When I see people wearing my bags, without them knowing I designed it.

 

 

Travel Bag, available at Bold

Spotlight:Uzi Collections

Janet Mugume

Nathalie Remera (left) and Rwema Umutoni (right). Founders of Uzi Collections, a Rwandan-based clothing line that designs comfortable clothes to make your everyday life better. Made in Rwanda. Available in store.

 

What were you like in high school?

Rwema: I couldn’t wait to finish and start my career.

 

What is your definition of Bold?

Rwema: Courageous. Brave. Venturesome.

 

Describe yourself in one word.

Rwema: Determined.

 

Where is your happy place?

Rwema: Any place that I can get inspiration from, that gives me butterflies, or doing something new.

 

Without saying your age, tell us something from your childhood that you remember that a younger person wouldn’t understand.

Rwema: We use to cover our hands with glue just to peel it off and write letters to our friends, before phones.

 

Who inspires you to be better?

Rwema: My president, H.E. Paul Kagame.

 

Describe your brand in one word.

Rwema: Vintage.

 

Tell us about your background, how and when did you decide to start your entrepreneurial journey?

Rwema: I was exposed to fashion, make-up and photography from a young age - I grew up seeing my mother reading magazines like Amina and Nous Deux. I would pass my time in the mirror trying to do similar things.

My journey started in my second year of high school, when I joined a modeling agency. My experience eventually lead me to do fashion design as a career.

 

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

Rwema: The “Batik” fabric.

 

What is your favorite part about being self-employed?

Rwema: Doing the things that I love, the way I want to them – Planning my days, taking action, creativity, taking responsibility.

 

What is a typical workday like for you?

Rwema: Wake up. Pray. Exercise. Breakfast. Post on social media. Prep the workshop. Search for inspiration through different things like music and social media. Production. Process orders. Plan for the next day.

 

What is your greatest achievement?

Rwema: The decision to start my own business.

 

Dresses available at Bold Kigali. Coming soon to Bold Kampala.