You would be forgiven for thinking the sari is an outfit that doesn’t quite mesh with contemporary fashion trends.
But it turns out that its simplicity – a six metre drape wrapped around the hips, the waist and then thrown over the left shoulder – is exactly what makes it versatile and timeless.
Published in Business Daily, January 24 2014
For Kenyan born fashion designer Deepa Dosaja, it started with a single flower.
She hand drew and painted a bunch of them onto a piece of light material using vibrant colours; trimmed the edges with thread embroidery, beads and sequins; and voila: it was her first design using a distinctive flower pattern.
That was nearly 20 years ago, and the piece still holds pride of place in her Riverside showroom. Today, that same flower has become the signature of her brand, and has precipitated the trajectory of the Deepa Dosaja fashion label.
Published in Nairobi Business Monthly, November 2013
All doubts about the profitability of Kenya’s creative industry were put to bed last month when the five year old Fashion for Festival and Arts attracted a Sh3million sponsorship from the Commercial Bank of Africa. That phased into a series of workshops at Riara University which saw the country’s leading capitalists – including business mogul Chris Kirubi, money market investor Aly-Khan Satchu, technocrat Bitange Ndemo – advise young entrepreneurs on how to build a strong business.
Published in Nairobi Business Monthly, September 2013
34-year-old Kiuri Mburathi of Insight Architecture is young, ambitious and highly skilled. He started his own firm in 2009, and has impressed the Kenyan property market with his avant garde designs and styles.
Published in Nairobi Business Monthly, November 2012