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Exclusive Interview with Liberia's Fashion Ambassador kimma wreh

Liberia's Fashion Ambassador Kimma Wreh
Kimma Wreh, a graduate from Howard University in Washington DC, is a 20yr fashion veteran. In 2014, she won Designer of the Year at Houston Fashion Week Awards. Fashion Ambassador Kimma Wreh was also honored as a Mover & Shaker in Africa and her local community by the African Women In Leadership Organization (AWLO).  The couture fashion designer, who recently showcased her "Queens of the Brides" collection the New York Fashion Week, was also appointed by Liberia National Tailors, Textiles, Garments and Allied Workers Union as Liberia's Fashion Ambassador.  Kimma speaks with C Liberia Clearly about her new position, the duties and responsibilities that comes with being Liberia's Fashion Ambassador.

See what Kimma has to say about her role. 

Could you tell our viewers what Liberia National Tailors, Textiles, Garments and Allied Workers Union is all about?

The Liberia National Tailors, Textiles, Garments and Allied Workers Union is consists of 75,000 plus members.  The Union provides legal protections for Tailors and seamstresses; Skill upgrade training; Production of all kinds of apparel (African and Western interior decorations), and more.

What are your duties and responsibilities of the fashion ambassador for the union?

As the fashion ambassador, I am responsible for passing on information as the legal representative of the union and serving as its liaison.  I am also a sports person responsible for promoting Liberia made designs through promotional activities and the press.

How long have you served in this position?

Since June of 2015.

What are some of your goals?

I am working  on a directory for the Liberian fashion industry that will bring designers together.  I have some events planned that will promote the industry.  My goal is to reach out to more designers to participate in these events. Letters will be going out to these designers. Communication takes time, but my goal is to get to them all.  My design (Tekay Design) will be presenting a fashion show at the Liberian Embassy Independence Day event on July 23,2016.  I will use that opportunity to network with many Liberians. 

What are your accomplishments so far as a fashion ambassador?
I have done many interviews on behave of the union.  During the New York Fashion week, I spoke to the press of the Liberian Fashion Industry.  I have been working with Excel magazine to promote Liberian made products.  We are working on an amazing fashion event to take place in Liberia this October.  I also spoke to the African Union, in Washington DC, about the Liberian Fashion industry.

Where do you see the Liberian Fashion Industry in the next five years? 

I see Liberia as a fashion capital.  I hope that we really establish  production facilities that will produce massive products and are well managed.    I see manufacture base in Liberia.  That is the number one thing that is dear to my heart.  In five years, investors should be able to go to Liberia and buy Liberian products.  To accomplish that, we need high quality workmanship, productivity, rotational training program that will allow designers to travel to the United States and designers from the United States to travel to Liberia.  We need to have labor source that is production ready.  We need fashion events that are not just for entertainment, but a source of income.  We need good oversight.  The Liberian Fashion industry could be a real source of economic empowerment.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I have a non profit organization called Disability Through Fashion that is in partnership agreement with the 2nd lady - the vice president wife.  We are working along with Group 77 to provide opportunities for the disabled in Liberia.  We have a job center for the disabled.  Helping the disabled is my passion.  I have disabled models in most of my fashion events.  The disables need our assistance.  If anyone wants to donate, something as simple as one sewing machine will make a difference, please contact me at Liberia's Fashion Ambassador



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