In Rwanda the fashion industry is fast growing, unlike five years ago when there had nothing to talk about. New fashion and jewellery shops are opening at a high speed and there is a hope that within two years, it’s going to be a big industry.
Uzuri K&Y Designs believe that the fashion industry can be taken to another level if fashion designers take into consideration the status of the Rwandan market.
UZURI mission as a clothing brand is to provide the community with functional and sophisticated products, to share the skills with other local tailors, to bring energy in Rwandan fashion industry and make a difference all over Africa and the whole world.
Shimwe Yzolde and Kagirimpundu Kevine are students of “Creative Designs” at the Former Kigali Institute of Science and Technology. These young girls started their creative art in 2012.
In an interview with IGIHE.com, these girls said that they have decided to invest in Fashion Industry due to the fact that the profession is new in Rwanda and as soon as they progress they are finding a brighter future in this industry.
While explaining how they started their business, Kevine Kagirimpundu, a fashion designer and co-founder of Uzuri K & Y Collection based in Kimihurura, said that because they like Fashion, they never encountered the problem of lack of capital to start their business.
“We started without requesting loans to anyone. What we did is to join our hands and put together the Amount of the money that we had and then after we launched our activities. It was in 2012. Our work is to create African and international clothing styles including shoes and many other types of clothing. We started with little money and even today we cannot say that we have reached our goal, there are other steps ahead to develop our career. In the beginning you can meet challenges but when you know what you want to reach you defend yourself in front of those challenges”
Although their idea was conceived last year and registered officially in June this year, Kevine Kagirimpundu and Ysolde Shimwe decided to take their passion to the next level by opening their own fashion shop.
They said they are very happy because they have employed many people adding that they are also proud of the fact that their materials were displayed in the recent concluded Kigali Fashion Week and were very surprised that people responded positively to them.
According to Yzolde Shimwe, the act of Sonia Rolland, (a reknown French model and actress) to dressed in their kitenge dress and kitenge shoes inspired them and that is something big that’s going to take the image of their company to another level.
In the near future Uzuri K&Y Designs plans to present their fashions in different forthcoming Fashion festivals including African Fashion Week that will be held in 2014, Hangatt exhibition” that will take place in Kigali City Tower (KCT) from 14th December 2013 to 4 January 2014, “Christmas Bazaar”, “Accra Fashion Week”, “Dar-es-Salam fashion week” and many others.