M-Net Face of Africa 2007 finalist, Juliet Kwamboka has set up a fashion house that deals purely with African fabric.
Dubbed Kanga Kulture, the shop is a year old and growing.
Juliet said, “We thought our designs would be too trendy, but we realised that the customers are actually dictating what they want by tweaking our designs to suit their tastes.”
On the plan behind the fashion shop, she said: “The idea behind it was two-prong. I wanted to offer people ready-made African wear at reasonable prices and also provide an avenue where they can bring their fabric to a place where it is not butchered.”
Juliet’s interest in fashion started after her stint on M-Net.
“My background is in business and finance. Initially I was a tomboy. One day I walked into a MultiChoice office to pay a DStv bill and they asked me to be part of the M-Net Face Of Africa the very first season. I thought I was a joke. It was in 1997.”
After participating in the show, it opened my eyes. I joined Mode Models, a modeling agency, but I had to go to Sydney to study. In Australia I approached a modeling agency where I worked for six years. I did a lot of catwalks, but I would really enjoy the clothes and how diverse they were and that is pretty much how it started.”
Her shop is located at the Adams Arcade Mall in Nairobi and open from Monday to Saturday.