Meet The Designers Set to Showcase at Kampala Fashion Week This Week
The fourth edition of Kampala Fashion Week is slated to hold this week from 28th to 30th of September at Kampala Forest Resort Muyenga. The event continues to offer a platform to Ugandan designers with a huge focus on fostering professionalism and innovativeness.
Just like last year, the three day event will kick off with the finale of The Seed Show on the first day. Seed show is a mentorship project designed by the US Mission in Uganda in collaboration with Kas Wear. Young up and coming designers are equipped with design skills, entrepreneurship and innovativeness as they fight for the coveted spot of winner of the show. The winner takes home among other things, an opportunity to create a full collection they showcase at Kampala Fashion Week the following year.
The Seed show finale is strictly by invite.
Here are the design brands set to showcase at Kampala Fashion Week on day 2 and 3
Say-manda is an emerging design house founded by Charles Semanda winner of Seed Show 2016. “Say-manda” is a combination of the English word “Say” and the Luganda word “Manda”. Manda is translated as charcoal to English.
He is inspired by several things in the environment and uses local and international fabrics to produce ready to wear designs.
Cirra-Sue Tebbutt is a 16 year old emerging designer born in Australia. For the past four years she’s been residing in Uganda and involved in photography, beading, handicraft and sewing. Her brand will be making their debut at KFW.
Bayimba is an organization that focuses on uplifting arts and culture in Uganda through cultural exchange and creativity. They organize an annual arts festival, offer training and workshops to aspiring creatives and more. At Kampala Fashion Week they’ll be showcasing a capsule collection.
Halisi is a Ugandan fashion house which is focused on celebrating the beauty of African inspired clothing. Their offering includes not just clothing but also accessories.
NFKA is a brainchild of Olivia Nanfuka, winner of Seed show 2015. She’ll be making a comeback to kfw after a triumphant debut last year. Her brand focuses on bridal couture, made to measure garments and evening wear for both men and women.
Kas Wear by Ras Kasozi is one of the most popular brands on the urban social scene. Their clientele includes many of the celebrities in Kampala. He will be making a comeback to KFW after showing his busuuti inspired collection in 2014.
Eguana Kampala is an Afro centric brand focused on the production of both men’s and women’s wear. It is primarily a ready to wear brand but also manufactures bridal and evening fashion on order. Eguana Kampala’s signature is African print which they try to incorporate into most of their collections.
They will be showcasing their new collection titled ‘intensity’ inspired by the Masai and their intense usage of colour as well as their culture and environment.
“It’s more of a sporty collection incorporating our signature African prints with some new textures. The collection will be in collaboration with House of Thandi,” Emmanuel Bagwana creative director of Eguana Kampala offered.
They describe themselves as “Sophisticated & street”. The fashion label is aimed at bridging the gap between the unrefined artists and the curious conservatives. Their design aesthetic focuses on creating unique and detailed clothing that is of high quality while still remaining affordable.
Katungulu Mwendwa is a Kenyan brand that’s focused on referencing our African, and mostly Kenyan cultures in their contemporized designs. They’ll be making their KFW debut.
Catherine & sons
Catherine & Sons is a Ugandan fashion label celebrating the spirit of sustainability.
“As an ethical company we have a responsibility to create sustainable jobs, based on local skills, supply chains and make sure that our garments are produced under conditions and materials that meet international ethical standards,” reads their online bio.
Gloria Wavamunno fuses the diverse world of African cultures, sounds, textures and prints, with the creation of inventive tailored pieces. The brand will bring to KFW their forward thinking craftsmanship through their thought provoking designs just like they’ve done since its inception. They are usually one of the highlights of KFW.
Helena is a British designer based in Kampala and London. Her focus is mainly embroidery and appliqué.
Nadrey Laurent is a Ghanaian luxurious fashion brand with the ambition to enrich the contemporary world of fashion with eye-catching collections and vivid style signatures.
Tickets to KFW are available at Bold Kampala Acacia Mall and at Kampala Forest Resort Muyenga.