Oh my God! After a really long break from blogging, I’m back. Frankly I needed some space to re-plan, re-structure, re-bounce, re- everything haha. I hope you missed me while I was away? Happy new month by the way!
Today’s post is all about my love for Ntoma (African Print) and it’s a chic feel.
Where do I even start with this one? As you all know, i’m or was an entrepreneur-in-training at the Meltwater entrepreneurial school of Technology? This is where few graduates are selected from over 2000 applicants from Africa to be trained to build world class solutions to Africa’s numerous problems. A few months to the end of the training, EITs, as we are called are required to ideate and and validate some of these African problems, select one, build a solution for said problem and pitch to investors about it.
Yours truly and her team chose to solve a problem in the African fashion industry; which is a no brainer lol
The problem my team and I realized was that despite the growing interest in African designs and its designers, many of the continent’s promising talents still find it difficult to break into mainstream international recognition. Most of these designers lack the exposure and necessary skills required to take their small businesses into a profitable enterprise that is sustainable in the long term. Things like financial knowledge, marketing, pricing models, general management skills etc. And even after getting all this, they cannot afford the time to manage both their offline and online demands.
On the other hand, Africans in the diaspora and millions of consumers all over the world are demanding African prints and fashions. But their biggest problem is how to access these authentic pieces as well as the time to be visiting different websites looking for it. So they resort to asking friends and family who are going or returning back home to buy African clothings for them, which we all know is a lost opportunity on both sides, especially these promising designers.
And that’s why my team and I came up with Firame Afrik. Firame means cloth me in our local language, so Firame Afrik is an online marketplace for selling authentic handmade African fashion designs, made by talented African fashion designers to people abroad.
So basically its a platform where we stock, curate and promote African designer labels.
We connect consumers to African fashion designers. African designers get new market opportunities and increased revenue while customers get variety, style and convenience.
So to be able to convince investors that we mean business, my team members and I wore Ntoma to pitch. Yours truly stood out as a proud African woman in this outfit made by Privonne, I really had some smiles, stares, lovely comments from everyone that saw me.
I did little accessorizing with my watch and my gold bracelet. If you have a big pitch coming up, it can often be the smaller things that leave you awake at night.
Firstly, make sure that whatever you’re wearing is something you’re comfortable presenting in and as for the style of your outfit itself, keep it simple and just dress slightly smarter than you expect your audience to.
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Outfit – Privonne
shoes – desire shoes…