Chantale Riziki Oweggi, a 23 year old fashion designer and a student at the University of Nairobi. We got to sit with her and find out how she’s able to juggle the two.
Take us through your designing career.
I always have been passionate about fashion, at a very early age. I would look at magazines and on screenshots for fashionable ladies. However much I loved it, I was shy to get into it. After doing inspiration blogs for a while, I decided to chase it.
What drove you to it?
I began designing my own clothes two years ago. I got a lot of good feedback as I walked around the streets and on social media, after a strategic plan and boiling passion, I decided to make money out of it.
What is your style?
I find the African prints very vibrant on any skin tone, especially mine of course. I mix contemporary African look and urban look, giving out a classy and comfortable look. With that kind of style, you can never go wrong, whether you dress for school, work, church or an event. It is also what we need as people of African descend to help us appreciate the beauty of what we have.
Are you dating?
Mmh that you will have to find out for yourself.
Who inspires you?
I was inspired by Taibo Bacar of Mozambique; his designs always caught my eyes.
Challenges you face in this career?
Challenges are not so many but just like any other business, there are. At one point sales are high up and the next they are low, but that is business, it has its highs and lows.
Your final word?
If one is passionate about designing or modelling, let them get into it, give it all the passion and energy and absolutely let God guide them through. You see real success is not only about doing your best, but also about getting to know the industry and asking for grace from the man upstairs.
Social media handles?
FB, IG, Twitter: Chantale Oweggi
Read her blog at chantaleoweggi.wordpress.com