By Lizbeth Kariuki
Suzie Wokabi, Sharon Mundia, Serah Kanyua and Emo Rugene, do these names ring a bell? They have all managed to curve out a niche for themselves in the Kenyan fashion industry. I had the pleasure of attending a forum last week at USIU where they discussed their successes and challenges of being an entrepreneur in the fashion industry. For women or men out there who are still looking to create their own niche in the Kenyan fashion and beauty industry, here are some pointers from those who have already forged ahead.
Susan Wokabi is the CEO and founder of Suzie Beauty, Kenya's first cosmetic beauty line. Suzie graduated from USIU a few years back and moved to New York where she trained with the well-known beauty brand Clinique for about a year. With a burning desire to continue in the beauty industry and specifically the make-up world, she returned to Kenya to setup her own business. After visiting around 30 factories all around the world that could produce her make-up line (with a formula she created for the African skin), she finally found the one and thus the birth of Suzie Beauty.
She encompasses what hard work and determination can bring forth. The make-up line has grown immensely, and she reminisced on the way Lupita Nyong’o used a product and sales shot for the Lupita lipstick. She mentioned that one of the most important things is to: “Get the product right.” And you cannot go wrong.
Sharon Mundia is a full-time Kenyan fashion blogger. Her blog is named This is Ess. She created her blog around two years ago after completing college and at the end of a romantic relationship. Since then, she has developed it into a business for herself.
For those who are interested in creating business from their blog, these are the key pointers she outlined:
By Lizbeth Kariuki
As a lady, losing your earring stoppers is one of the most common and most frustrating thing that can happen. Worse still, is if it happens when you are out and about and can't grab a stopper from your earring collection. That's what happened to me today when I was heading to work. My earring's completed my look fantastically, and all of a sudden the earring stopper on my right ear decides to come loose and I left it somewhere behind on the street.
I had two choices; either run the risk of looking weird the whole day with just one large earring on (and act dumb like I didn't notice the other was missing), or just go without earrings.
Well, I chose neither and instead used this old trick I learnt while in high school. I took a pencil eraser and cut of the end bit, large enough to act like a stopper, and guess what - it worked!
So if you are ever in a fix, and lose your earring stoppers, cut off a piece of an eraser and it can work as an earring stopper for the rest of the day even forever.
Have a FAB day!
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