TeKay Designs Represented Liberia at UNESCO Hosted Fashion Show in Paris, France

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Education (UNESCO) hosted the global edition of the Africa Fashion Reception (AFR) Paris last 29th October, 2016 in its Place de Fontenoy headquarters. Award-winning TeKay Designs (founded by Liberian Fashion Ambassador / Designer Kimma Wreh) represented the Republic of Liberia as the country’s top designer at this prestigious event.

The UNESCO hosted fashion show in Paris constituted the global edition of Africa Fashion Reception (AFR) involving fashion designers, dignitaries, Ambassadors and media from over 30 African countries, in a celebration of cultural diversity. TeKay Designs showcased two-2 collections at the AFR Paris event: Pride of Liberia collection comprised of Liberian-made tie-dye and country cloth apparel, and Queen Of The Brides collection with couture gowns representing women of significant social status from various countries around the world.

View photos of the fashion show here:


Watch the fashion show here

Watch Ms Kimma Wreh’s remarks about the event here

The African edition of AFR was hosted by the African Union in its headquarters in Addis Ababa Ethiopia from 13th – 15th September, 2016. TeKay Designs showcased their Spring 2017 “Pride of Liberia” collection.  Activities held during the African edition included the first African Fashion Business Summit and exhibition, and fashion show by each of the participating countries including Liberia.  Wreh spoke to fashion summit attendees about the Liberian fashion industry, encouraged investment in Liberia and patronage of Liberian textiles, apparel, accessories, arts and crafts.

“This effort is part of a world tour spanning 3 continents (Americas, Europe and Africa) to educate governments and consumers on Liberian fashion, culture and tourism by showcasing traditional Liberian made apparel and accessories on runway shows, trade exhibitions, advertising and promotions. After the European showcase, I plan to travel to Liberia and engage in dialogue with public and private sector leaders with emphasis on upliftment of the Liberian fashion, culture and tourism sector.” stated Kimma Wreh. Ms Wreh also visited the Liberian embassy in Paris, France and interviewed Hon. Excellency William Allen, Liberia’s ambassador to France.

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Watch Ms Kimma Wreh’s interview here

Taken and excerpted from PRLog

TeKay Designs Representing Liberia At First Africa Fashion Business Summit Hosted By African Union

The Republic of Liberia was represented by TeKay Designs at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa for the Africa Fashion Reception held from 13th – 15th September, 2016.

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The Embassy of Liberia in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia attended the event with full support from Ambassador George S.W. Patten Sr, Counselor Moibaa Fofana Sr, First Secretary / Consul Gotomo Ruben Anderson, among others.

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LtoR: Hon. George S. W. Patten Sr (Liberian Ambassador to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) and Kimma Wreh (TeKay Designs - Liberia)LtoR: Hon. George S. W. Patten Sr (Liberian Ambassador to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) and Kimma Wreh (TeKay Designs – Liberia, Excel Magazine Director)

TeKay Designs, an award winning fashion label founded by Fashion Designer Kimma Wreh, showcased their Spring 2017 “Pride of Liberia” collection comprising of Liberian made country cloth and tie dye fabrics, and Ankara prints along with matching Liberian made accessories (purses, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings). The country cloth fabric is hand woven with threads from cotton farms in Liberia, and is a source of Liberian nationalistic pride. View photos from fashion show below:


Liberia’s trade exhibition included hand-made country maps, county flags, mother and child artwork, paintings, country cloth shirts and fabrics, tie-dye and Ankara fabrics and accessories.

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Africa Fashion Reception

 

1st Africa Fashion Business Summit hosted by the African Union in Addis Ababa Ethiopia

Left to Right: Lexy Mojo-Eyes (CEO of Legendary Gold – Organizers of Africa Fashion Reception) and Kimma Wreh (TeKay Designs – LIBERIA)

Liberia’s National Tailors, Textiles, Garments and Allied Workers Union also partnered with TeKay Designs to supply some of the fashion products in the trade exhibition.  Wreh was commissioned in June 2015 as Liberia’s Fashion Ambassador representing Liberia’s National Tailors, Textiles, Garments and Allied Workers Union.

According to Kimma Wreh, “The Liberian fashion exhibition and showcase at the African Union is part of a broader initiative (financed by TeKay Designs and Excel Magazine International) to promote Liberian fashion, culture and tourism by displaying Liberian made apparel and accessories globally. The African Union event was an opportunity for a cross-section of designers, Ambassadors, dignitaries and AU staff to learn about Liberia’s fashion sector and purchase Liberian made products.  Sales were strong at the trade exhibition and the attendees were quite receptive to the styles and colors of the Liberian made designs.  The National Investment Commission also provided investment guides for doing business in Liberia.”

The African Fashion Business Summit and Exhibition was held on September 14th and the gala event (trade exhibition and fashion show) was held on the 15th September by participating countries including Liberia.  The gala fashion event was attended by more than 600 select VIPs comprised of Ambassadors from over 112 countries, multinational corporations, Corporate CEOs and top government representatives.

The Chairperson of the African Union, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma met with top country designers at the exhibition stands in support of locally made fashion products from the African continent.

The theme of the first African Fashion Business Summit was ‘Creating Wealth for African Economies through its Fashion, Garment and Textile Industry’ and the event was moderated by Lexy Mojo Eyes, CEO of Legendary Gold Limited, organizers of the Africa Fashion Reception. The welcome address was delivered by the Commissioner for Social Affairs, His Excellency, Dr Mustapha SidikiKaloko. The Keynote Speaker was Cristina Morozzi from Istituto Marangoni, Milan, Italy who spoke about the increasing influence of African fashion globally. The Representative of the Managing Director of Femaz Micro Finance Bank, Dr Mrs Sandra Nwugo talked about the role of Micro Finance Bank in supporting the various fashion vocations. Hon. Angela Martins (Head of Culture Division, African Union Headquarters) also spoke on the fashion panel.

LtoR: Ms. Angela Martins (Head of Culture Division, African Union Headquarters), Director of Femaz Micro Finance Bank, Lexy Mojo Eyes, CEO of Legendary Gold Limited), Cristina Morozzi (Istituto Marangoni, Milan, Italy)

LtoR: Ms. Angela Martins (Head of Culture Division, African Union Headquarters), Director of Femaz Micro Finance Bank, Lexy Mojo Eyes, CEO of Legendary Gold Limited), Cristina Morozzi (Istituto Marangoni, Milan, Italy)

The summit featured designers from around the African continent including Tekay Designs – Liberia, Botocy – Botswana, Kaz O Zah Art – Burundi, Paradise Fashion – Ethiopia, Fanny Mandina – DR Congo, Classic Fashion – Namibia, Walove by Designs – Kenya, Kokonut stylist – Swaziland, Black Coal Clothing – South Africa, Keto Couture – Nigeria, Chizo – Zambia, Bulongo Clothing, Ladybird Fashion design, EjigTibeb, Yefiker, etc.

Atunda Entertainment featured performances by Anu (the only female Ekwe Performer of international repute) and Olo Omidanbata (the only female bata player globally).

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The Africa Fashion Reception (AFR) is a Pan African initiative and this year’s event gathered fashion designers, dignitaries, Ambassadors and media from various African countries, in a celebration of cultural diversity expressed through the artistic fashion discipline with the proud theme ‘Africa is the New Inspiration of Global Fashion’.  Officially launched in Paris in 2013, there were 16 African countries that participated in the Africa Fashion Reception followed by 24 countries in the 2nd edition.

According to Lexy Mojo-Eyes, CEO of Africa Fashion Reception “the textile, garment and fashion industry all over the world is reputed to be the highest employer of labor after government. It led to the industrial revolution and infrastructural development in America, Europe and the Asian countries at different times. It can also be a catalyst for Africa’s economic revolution’ he said. ‘With a population of over 1.2 billion people, Africa must learn how to do business with itself before venturing out of the continent. This is why we are beginning from Africa” he concluded.

View more photos of the reception here:


The Africa Fashion Reception will have its 3rd international edition in Paris France on Saturday 29th October, 2016 at the UNESCO due to a new partnership between UNESCO and The Africa Fashion Reception. For details, log on to www.africafashionreception.com

While in Addis Ababa, Kimma appeared as special guest on AFRO 105.3 FM (African Drive Time Show) hosted by Mr. Mitchell Olaniyi (aka DJ Toka) and Mr. James Kanagwa (Ecobank Director), where she educated the listeners on the Liberian fashion sector, KDE Disability Africa Foundation (a 501C3 USA based non-profit organization) and Excel Magazine International (a global media house of international repute). KDE Disability Africa Foundation is an advocate for training and utilizing people with disabilities to produce fashion accessories and apparel in Liberia.


(repost from Excel Magazine International)

TeKay Designs Representing Liberia At African Union First Africa’s Fashion Business Summit

Liberia was represented by TeKay Designs at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa for the Africa Fashion Reception held from 13th – 15th September, 2016.The Embassy of Liberia in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia attended the event with full support from Ambassador George S.W. Patten Sr., Liberia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia.TeKay Designs, an award-winning fashion label founded by Fashion Designer Kimma Wreh, showcased their Spring 2017 “Pride of Liberia” collection comprising of Liberian made country cloth and tie dye fabrics, and Ankara prints along with matching Liberian-made purses, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.TeKay Designs Representing Liberia At African Union First Africa’s Fashion Business Summit The country cloth fabric is hand-woven with threads from cotton farms in Liberia, and is a source of Liberian nationalistic pride. Liberia’s trade exhibition included hand-made country maps, county flags, mother and child artwork, paintings, country cloth shirts and fabrics, tie-dye and Ankara fabrics and accessories.According to Kimma Wreh: “The Liberian fashion exhibition and showcase at the African Union is part of a broader initiative (financed by TeKay Designs and Excel Magazine International) to promote Liberian fashion, culture and tourism by displaying Liberian made apparel and accessories globally.

The African Union event was an opportunity for a cross-section of designers, Ambassadors, dignitaries and AU staff to learn about Liberia’s fashion sector and purchase Liberian made products.

Sales were strong at the trade exhibition and the attendees were quite receptive to the styles and colors of the Liberian made designs. The National Investment Commission also provided investment guides for doing business in Liberia.”

The African Fashion Business Summit and Exhibition was held on September 14th and the gala event (trade exhibition and fashion show) was held on the 15th September by participating countries, including Liberia.

The gala fashion event was attended by more than 600 select VIPs, including ambassadors from over 112 countries, multinational corporations, corporate CEOs and top government representatives.

The Chairperson of the African Union, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma met with top country designers at the exhibition stands in support of locally made fashion products from the African continent.

Hon. Angela Martins, Head of Culture Division, African Union Headquarters also spoke on the fashion panel.

The theme of the first African Fashion Business Summit was “Creating Wealth for African Economies through its Fashion, Garment and Textile Industry” and the event was moderated by Lexy Mojo Eyes, CEO of Legendary Gold Limited, organizers of the Africa Fashion Reception.

The welcome address was delivered by the Commissioner for Social Affairs, His Excellency, Dr. Mustapha SidikiKaloko. The Keynote Speaker was Cristina Morozzi from Istituto Marangoni, Milan, Italy who spoke about the increasing influence of African fashion globally.

The Managing Director of Femaz Micro Finance Bank, Dr Mrs Sandra Nwugo talked about the role of Micro Finance Bank in supporting the various fashion vocations.

The summit featured designers from around the African continent, including Tekay Designs – Liberia, Botocy – Botswana, Kaz O Zah Art – Burundi, Paradise Fashion – Ethiopia, Fanny Mandina – DR Congo, Classic Fashion – Namibia, Walove by Designs – Kenya, Kokonut stylist – Swaziland, Black Coal Clothing – South Africa, Keto Couture – Nigeria, Chizo – Zambia, Bulongo Clothing, Ladybird Fashion design, EjigTibeb, Yefiker, etc. Atunda Entertainment featured performances by Anu (the only female Ekwe Performer of international repute) and Olo Omidanbata (the only female bata player globally).

The Africa Fashion Reception (AFR) is a Pan-African initiative and this year’s event gathered fashion designers, dignitaries, Ambassadors and media from various African countries, in a celebration of cultural diversity expressed through the artistic fashion discipline with the proud theme ‘Africa is the New Inspiration of Global Fashion’.

Officially launched in Paris in 2013, there were 16 African countries that participated in the Africa Fashion Reception followed by 24 countries in the 2nd edition.

According to Lexy Mojo-Eyes, CEO of Africa Fashion Reception, “The textile, garment and fashion industry all over the world is reputed to be the highest employer of labor after government. It led to the industrial revolution and infrastructural development in America, Europe and the Asian countries at different times.

It can also be a catalyst for Africa’s economic revolution’ he said. ‘With a population of over 1.2 billion people, Africa must learn how to do business with itself before venturing out of the continent. This is why we are beginning from Africa,” he concluded.

The Africa Fashion Reception had its third international edition in Paris, France last 29th October, 2016 at the UNESCO due to a new partnership between UNESCO and The Africa Fashion Reception.

See photos of TeKay Design’s collection below:


Runway video:
TeKay Designs at African Union Fashion Show

(repost from Front Page Africa Online)

Liberian Fashion Ambassador Showcase

Excel Magazine International and TeKay Designs co-produced the Liberian Fashion Ambassador Showcase in partnership with the Liberian Embassy in Washington DC to promote Liberian and African designs as part of Liberia’s 169th independence celebration.  The charitable fashion awards show was held at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 7005 Piney Branch Rd NW, Washington DC 20012 on July 31, 2016 with proceeds benefiting KDE Disability Africa Foundation (a USA 501C3 non profit organization) specifically to establish a fashion design program for people with disabilities in Liberia.

Hon. Jeremiah C. Sulunteh (Liberian Ambassador to the USA) delivered a powerful keynote address in which he appealed for Liberia to utilize the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), a unilateral trade arrangement by the U.S for African countries to penetrate the U.S market duty-free.

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Photographer Duane Heaton

TeKay Designs opened the fashion show with their Summer 2017 Pride of Liberia collection comprised of cocktail dresses, semi-formal attire using the Liberian hand woven country cloth, tie dye and Ankara print fabrics accessorized with ethnic necklaces, earrings and bracelets.  Photographer: Duane Heaton

TEKAY DESIGNS: PRIDE OF LIBERIA COLLECTION

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TEKAY DESIGNS: CROWN COLLECTION

The second segment of the fashion show featured TeKay Designs Crown Collection of elaborate evening dresses, red carpet and pageant gowns. Photographer: Duane Heaton

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QUEEN OF THE BRIDES

The fashion show concluded with the renowned Queen Of The Brides collection by TeKay Designs representing women of significant social status from various countries on the runway. Photographer: Duane Heaton

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Excel Leadership Awards were issued to Hon. Jeremiah C. Sulunteh (Liberian Ambassador to the USA), and in absentia to Hon. Munah Pelham-Youngblood (Representative for Montserrado County, District 9, Republic of Liberia), Hon. Jacqueline M. Capehart (Assistant Minister of Tourism, Republic of Liberia), Mrs. Kartumu Y. Boakai (Executive Director, Group of 77, Republic of Liberia), Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Mr. Boniface Ihiasota (Publisher / CEO, Excel Magazine International). Excel Leadership Awards recognize the uncommon landmarks of people who have made significant positive contributions to the advancement of society.

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Excel Leadership Award was issued to Hon. Jeremiah C. Sulunteh (Liberian Ambassador to the USA) by Ms. Kimma Wreh (Liberia’s Fashion Ambassador). Ambassador Sulunteh also received the Excel Leadership Award
on behalf of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.  Photographer: Duane Heaton     Event: Liberian Fashion Ambassador Showcase DC

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Excel Leadership Award was issued in abstantia to Mr. Boniface Ihiasota (Publisher / CEO, Excel Magazine International). The award was received by Mrs. Nnenna Joy Ugorji (Excel Representative, Washington DC Metro).
Photographer: Duane Heaton

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Photographer: Duane Heaton     Event: Liberian Fashion Ambassador Showcase DC

Excel Leadership Awards were issued in absentia to Hon. Munah Pelham-Youngblood (Representative for Montserrado County, District 9, Republic of Liberia), Hon. Jacqueline M. Capehart (Assistant Minister of Tourism, Republic of Liberia), and Mrs. Kartumu Y. Boakai (Executive Director, Group of 77, Republic of Liberia). The awards were received by Mrs. Elizabeth Obi (Director of Education, Liberia’s Tailors & Textiles Union).

Rev. J. Edwin Lloyd delivered the opening prayer and the benediction.

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The Masters of Ceremony were Mr. Gabriel I. H. Williams (Minister Counselor of Press and Public Affairs, Embassy of Liberia) and Nee Allison (President, Liberian Association – Washington DC Metro).

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Mr. Gabriel I. H. Williams (Minister Counselor of Press and Public Affairs, Embassy of Liberia) and Nee Allison (President, Liberian Association – Washington DC Metro). Photographer: Duane Heaton

Liberian artist Mr. Joseph Coleman entertained the audience with electrifying Liberian music.

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Special guests included Ms. Gboea Flumo (Miss Liberia USA 2016), Ms. Chinomso Onyekwere (Miss Igbo USA 2013), Mrs. Elizabeth Obi (Director of Education, Liberia’s Tailors & Textiles Union) and Mr. Anthony Taweh (Secretary-General, Liberia’s Tailors & Textiles Union).

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Left to Right: Ms. Chinomso Onyekwere (Miss Igbo USA 2013) , Miss Gboea Flumo (Miss Liberia USA 2016). Photographer: Duane Heaton
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND VOTE OF THANKS
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All Participating Entertainers, Models, Makeup Artists, Hair Stylists, and Volunteers
Mrs. Nnenna Joy Ugorji (Excel Magazine Representative)
Mrs. Deborah Grayson Carpenter (KDE Disability Africa Foundation)
Mr. Ron Cooke (Rogue’s Gallery Presents)
Mr. Isaac Washington (Jesus Couture)
Ms. Adanma Nwoke (Styles & Standards)
Mr. Macintosh Smith (Urban Fashion Network)
Hair Stylist: Lakyia Curtis
Makeup & Decorations: Mrs. Marlo Bropleh
Mr. Fred Smith (RadioLib)Liberian Singer / Musician: Mr. Joseph Coleman
Liberian DJ: Mr. Alvin Sherman

Volunteers:
Ms. Siana Morgan
Ms. Yulie Togba
Mrs. Maggie Fahnbulleh
Mr. James Fahnbulleh

Photographers:
Mr. Duane Heaton
Mr. Jibayo AwosikaVideographer:
Mrs. Christina Brown

Stylists:
Chinyere Ukaegbu
Linda Onaga
Chinyenum Amadi
Models:
Zoe Abdurrahman
Tori Charles
Pamela Covington
Chalisa Davis
Kalena Everett
Maylat Eyob
Derrich (Hitch) Jackson
LaTanya Johnson
Krishauna Leftridge
Joseph Queen
Naomi Parham
Talmadge Roberson
Crystal Shaw
Courtney Swanson
Cierra Walker
Liberia’s Tailor’s Union
Mr. Lansana Dawon
Mr. Blessing Rogers
Mr. Anthony Taweh
Mrs. Elizabeth Obi
Mr. Emmanuel Divine Kpoto

LIBERIAN FASHION AMBASSADOR SHOWCASE

In celebration of Liberia’s Independence
Excel Magazine International & TeKay Designs present:
LIBERIAN FASHION AMBASSADOR SHOWCASE WASHINGTON DC
Portion of proceeds to benefit KDE Disability Africa Foundation specifically to establish a fashion design and sewing training program for people in disabilities in Liberia.

Guest Speaker: Hon. Jeremiah C. Sulunteh (Liberian Ambassador to the USA)

When: Sunday, July 31, 2016

Where: Trinity Episcopal Church, 7005 Piney Branch Rd NW, Washington, DC 20012

Time: 4:00 pm

General Ticket: $40 (in advance), $50 (at door)
VIP Ticket: $80 (in advance), $100 (at door)

Purchase tickets online
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/liberian-fashion-ambassador-showcase-tickets-26111182249?aff=ebrowse

Featuring Queen Of The Brides

Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. DJ and entertainment will be provided.

Sponsors, Advertisers, Vendors, Media, send email with your portfolio to Support@excelmagazineinternational.com

Model Casting, Fittings, Rehearsals & Requirements
http://excelmagazineinternational.com/washington-dc-model-casting-requirements

Designer Requirements
http://www.excelmagazineinternational.com/designer-registration

Interested Designers, Models, MUAs, Stylists, Photographers, Videographers,
send email with your portfolio to Support@excelmagazineinternational.com

Phone: 1-202-449-0797 or 1-832-497-5853 or 1-832-483-4864

Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/555105168002272

TEKAY DESIGNS AT BAHAMAS BRIDAL SHOW

TEKAY DESIGNS WAS EXCLUSIVE BRIDAL DESIGNER AT THE BAHAMAS SIGNATURE BRIDAL SHOW IN HOUSTON TEXAS.

Award-winning internationally acclaimed TeKay Designs presented bridesmaids dresses and couture bridal gowns (Queen Of The Brides collection) at the Islands of Bahamas Signature Bridal Show. The event was held at The Westin Houston, Memorial City in Houston Texas.  Kimma Wreh, the Creative Director & Head Designer for TeKay Designs, provided overview of the collection and the designer brand to the guests at the event.

See some captured moments below:

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TeKay Designs: Queen Of The Brides at Bahamas Bridal Show

 

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TeKay Designs: Queen Of The Brides at Bahamas Bridal Show

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Women’s Rights Celebrated at African Union Gala in Washington DC

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May 30, 2016

Women’s Rights Celebrated at African Union Gala in Washington DC

The African Ambassadors Group to the USA hosted the prestigious Africa Day Annual Dinner Gala on May 27th, 2016 at JW Mariott Hotel in Washington DC.  This year’s theme is “African Year of Human Rights with particular focus on the rights of women”.  Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the 1963 founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), currently recognized as the Africa Union (AU).

The gala opened with messages from the event co-chairs: H.E. Omar Arouna (Ambassador of the Republic of Benin) and H.E. Hassana Alidou (Ambassador of the Republic of Niger). The keynote speaker Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole (President of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art) challenged Africans to address gender inequality and the rights of women while citing statistics on women’s employment, earnings, and work life balance. Remarks were provided by Rev. Jesse Jackson, H.E. Serge Mombouli (Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps and Ambassador of the Republic of Congo), and special guest from the US State Department.

Guests were treated to an African Arts exhibition that showcased arts and crafts from various countries in the African Union. Entertainers included Comedian Anna Mwaalagho engaged the crowd with comedy and electrifying music performances by Jamion and the Uklos – Republic of Benin and Mweiway – Republic of Cote d’Ivoire.

Comprised of 53 member states, the African Union has allowed the African continent to join efforts in addresses challenges of armed conflict, climate change, poverty, women and human rights, among others. The African Union’s commitment to Gender Equality is demonstrated via initiatives such as the African Union Gender Policy and launch of the Fund for African Women.

At Africa Day gala, Liberian Ambassador to the USA, Hon. Jeremiah C. Sulunteh received official copy of Excel Magazine International from Liberia’s Fashion Ambassador, Ms. Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs, who attended the event with officials of the Liberian Embassy Washington DC. The Liberian Embassy delegates included Hon. Jeff Gongoer Dowana, Sr (Deputy Chief of Mission), Hon. Gabriel I. H. Williams (Minister Counselor for Press and Public Affairs), Mrs. Famatta Deline Manu (Economic Affairs), among others.

Press Release by Excel Magazine International – Public Relations
http://www.excelmagazineinternational.com

Art Exhibition at Africa Day Gala

Art Exhibition at Africa Day Gala

Art Exhibition at Africa Day Gala

Art Exhibition at Africa Day Gala

Ddelegates at Africa Day Dinner / Gala in Washington DC

Delegates at Africa Day Dinner / Gala in Washington DC

Art Exhibition at Africa Day Gala

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Gabon Art Exhibition at Africa Day Gala

Liberian Ambassador to the US, Jeremiah C. Sulunteh received official copy of Excel Magazine International from Liberia's Fashion Ambassador Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs.

Liberian Ambassador to the US, Jeremiah C. Sulunteh received official copy of Excel Magazine International from Liberia’s Fashion Ambassador Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs.

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Amb. Kimma Wreh (Liberia Fashion Ambassador & Texas Fashion Ambassador in Africa) at Africa Day Gala in Washington DC

TEKAY DESIGNS (LIBERIA) WINS WAFA

Press Release: TEKAY DESIGNS (LIBERIA) WINS WEST AFRICA WOMEN’S WEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR 2016 AWARD

Liberian fashion brand TeKay Designs received the prestigious West Africa Women’s Wear Designer Of The Year award issued by the 2016 West African Fashion Awards (WAFA) held at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria on the 26th of March, 2016.  WAFA is an annual Fashion awards event to showcase West African designers and present awards to those who have made the most outstanding contributions to the fashion industry during the year. The ceremony honored the most forward-thinking designers, models and practitioners who have made an impact in the West African fashion industry and beyond. WAFA attracts an elite audience of leaders from some of West Africa and Africa’s top fashion brands, big-name designers and top personalities in the industry, as well as style-leading celebrities.  For listing of all the 2016 WAFA winners, visit http://westafricafashionawards.blogspot.com/2016/03/west-africa-fashion-awards-2016-winners.html

Liberian Fashion Designer Kimma Wreh is the Creative Director / Founder of TeKay Designs (an award winning international fashion label) with operations in the USA and West Africa. Wreh has a Bachelor’s Degree from Howard University in Washington D.C. and Master Of Business Administration (MBA) from LeTourneau University in Houston Texas. Founded in 1998, the designer label is most noted for providing hand crafted, non traditional, multicultural and contemporary pieces for customers in the U.S.A and international.  TeKay Designs specializes in bridal gowns, pageant and formal dresses, African and ethnic attire, fashion jewelry and accessories. TeKay Designs’ signature Queen Of The Brides collection includes couture bridal and formal gowns accessorized with luxurious fashion jewelry representing women of royalty and significant social status from West Africa and various countries around the world.

A fashion industry veteran, Wreh’s creations have been featured in Tiffany’s Fashion Week New York, Uptown Fashion Week New York, Couture Fashion Week New York, Chicago Fashion Week, Dallas International Fashion Show, African Fashion Week Houston, International African Fashion Week Austin, Houston Fashion Week, The Ultimate Wedding Showcase New York, Alhambra Bridal Show New York, Houston Wedding Showcase, etc.

Wreh is Liberia’s Fashion Ambassador representing Liberia’s Tailors, Textiles, Garments and Allied Workers Union. The union’s objective is to provide a strategic leadership and create an enabling environment for union members to participate in the socio-economic development of the tailoring, textile, cotton and weaving industries.  Libera has a rich culture, diverse tradition, and wealth of resources. Wreh and the Union have a deep appreciation and pride in Liberian tailor made garments and country cloth.  The Tailor’s Union provides training certificates and diploma courses on Tailoring, fashion design, Country cloth weaving, Tie and dye application, business and financial management, pattern making, advanced garment construction, etc.

“I’m a strong believer that we can build African manufacturing to compete with China. Cheap counterfeit fabrics and garments from China are flooding the market and taking jobs from hard working Africans. As an advocate for traditional African fabrics and local talent, TeKay Designs’ upcoming collection will incorporate Liberian hand woven country cloth fabrics, tie dye fabrics, and matching hand bags and accessories. TeKay Designs production operation in West Africa has reliable electricity, access to steady source and variety of fabrics, skilled tailors, embroiderers and accessory workers.” states Kimma Wreh.

ABOUT TEKAY DESIGNS

TeKay Designs is an international award-winning fashion label, based in Houston Texas, that offers custom designs and couture bridal gowns, formal attire and statement fashion jewelry.  Founded in 1998, TeKay Designs features handcrafted pieces that appeal to those who appreciate elegance with a contemporary  twist. The designer brand is most noted for providing unique ethnic attire and non traditional pieces for customers in the U.S.A and international. The company facilitates production in Houston, Texas and West Africa.

TeKay Designs has also been the subject of many notable interviews and featured in print publications like The Knot, Bridal Guide Magazine, Get Married Magazine, Self Magazine, Annex Magazine, Excel International Magazine, Viva Magazine, Wedding Style Guide International, New York Amsterdam News, Chumash Magazine, Bello Magazine, Genlux magazine, Razor’s Edge Magazine, African Vibes Magazine, Port of Harlem, Fashion Avenue News, Alize Magazine, the New York Times, among others.

Contact Information:
Website: www.tk-designs.com
Email: tekayd@yahoo.com
Phone: 1-832-497-5853

Press Release by Excel Magazine International: www.excelmagazineinternational.com

Queen of the Brides by TeKay Designs at Tiffany’s Fashion Week New York

Couture Fashion Designer and Creative Director Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs, Inc. returned to New York for September 2015’s Spring/Summer 2016 New York Fashion Week and joined the lineup of designers for Tiffany’s Fashion Week New York International Fashion Extravaganza.

Held last September 14th at the Grand Ballroom of The Plaza, Tiffany’s Fashion Week New York International Fashion Extravaganza served as a competition and platform for International designers, “whilst organizing New York manufacturing of their garment production and agents to market and sell their collections globally.”  Wreh featured her signature “Queen of the Brides Collection” during the 6pm designer showcase.

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“Our signature Queen of the Brides collection offers luxurious bridal and formal gowns based on women of royalty and significant social status throughout history, and are accessorized with high-end fashion necklaces, headpieces and/or veils,” said Wreh.  “For Spring/Summer 2016, our couture bridal gowns will exude opulence, fine laces and flattering silhouettes reminiscent of Old Hollywood Glamour.”

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Press conference for said event was held last September 13, 2015. View photos (slideshow) of the press conference here.


View photos (slideshow) of the fashion show here.


View video here.

Madam Ambassador Upholds African Fashions From Liberia

Designer Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs is an award wining couturiere who has recently been recognized by the Vice President of Liberia, the Honorable Joseph Boakai; as Liberia’s Fashion Ambassador to represent the nation of Liberia on November 22nd. As Liberia’s official Fashion Ambassador, Kimma will promote the nations design talent and manufacturing capabilities during the African Fashion Reception event in Paris. Kimma is an African National who resides in the United States, and creates ethnic inspired gowns and jewelry for special occasions. Tekay Designs has a distinguished couture collection that is currently produced in the West-African country of Ghana with a manufacturing expansion to Liberia.

Meeting with Honorable Excellency Mr. Joseph N. Boakai - Vice President of the Republic of Liberia - and Kimma Wreh - Liberia's Fashion Ambassador. (Photo: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Productions)

Meeting with Honorable Excellency Mr. Joseph N. Boakai – Vice President of the Republic of Liberia – and Kimma Wreh – Liberia’s Fashion Ambassador.
(Photo: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Productions)

Meeting with Honorable Excellency Mr. Joseph N. Boakai - Vice President of the Republic of Liberia - and Kimma Wreh - Liberia's Fashion Ambassador.(Photo: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Productions)

Meeting with Honorable Excellency Mr. Joseph N. Boakai – Vice President of the Republic of Liberia – and Kimma Wreh – Liberia’s Fashion Ambassador.
(Photo: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Productions)

Representatives from Liberia's National Investment Commission presented certification documents and ceremonial scarf on behalf of Liberia's National Tailor's, Textiles and Allied Workers Union to Kimma Wreh - Liberia's Fashion Ambassador. (Photo: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Productions)

Representatives from Liberia’s National Investment Commission presented certification documents and ceremonial scarf on behalf of Liberia’s National Tailor’s, Textiles and Allied Workers Union to Kimma Wreh – Liberia’s Fashion Ambassador.
(Photo: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Productions)

I am very proud to share my success in fashion with the people of Liberia.” explains Kimma Wreh. “I’ve donated clothing to needy women and children of Liberia because I want to help the people. I am honored to be nominated and represent my home country of Liberia during this prestigious event. My dream of being a fashion designer extends beyond myself. I wish to expand the production of my product line in Monrovia, Liberia. Apparel production can offer viable opportunities for employment and a better way of life for the people of Liberia, as well as many of the other developing nations that are represented at the African Fashion Reception event.

Senior official - Office of the Vice President of the Republic of Liberia - and Ambassador Kimma Wreh at the US Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York.(Photo: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Productions)

Senior official – Office of the Vice President of the Republic of Liberia – and Ambassador Kimma Wreh at the US Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York.
(Photo: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Productions)

LtoR: Hon. Excellency Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary Jeremiah C. Sulunteh (Embassy of the Republic of Liberia based in Washington D.C.) and Hon. Famatta Deline Manu (Embassy of Liberia) and Ambassador Wreh at the US Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York. (Photo: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Productions)

LtoR: Hon. Excellency Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary Jeremiah C. Sulunteh (Embassy of the Republic of Liberia based in Washington D.C.) and Hon. Famatta Deline Manu (Embassy of Liberia) and Ambassador Wreh at the US Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York.
(Photo: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Productions)

Ambassador Macdella Cooper and Ambassador Kimma Wreh at the US Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York. (Photo: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Productions)

Ambassador Macdella Cooper and Ambassador Kimma Wreh at the US Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York.
(Photo: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Productions)

I fled Liberia during the civil war in the 1980’s. Since then I’ve earned a bachelor’s degree from Howard University, and a masters in business administration from LeTourneau University in Houston, Texas. My venture in fashion has been long and not without struggles. However, I’ve begun to see my hard work pay off. The opportunity to introduce Liberia’s industrial capabilities to the western markets is another proud moment of success for me. And I want to collaborate with other fashion designers who wish to expand apparel production in Liberia as well.” explains Wreh.
Partnering with the Liberia National Tailors, Textiles, Garment and Allied Workers Union (LNTTGAWU). Ambassador Wreh will lead a delegation of over fifteen Liberian professional tailors to participate in the Africa Fashion Reception event. The group will present a portfolio of sample merchandise produced at the Liberian Tailors Union’s production and training facilities. The presentation will include a live demonstration by a textile weaver producing Liberia’s official country cloth on the premises. Working on behalf of the Liberian government, the garment workers produce official uniforms for Hospitals, Police, Military, Immigration officials, school uniforms for students, as well as request for custom made garments. The union offers Liberian citizens fundamental training courses in tailoring, weaving, creating Tie and Dye cloths, home fashions for interior decoration, business and finance management courses. The union provides advanced courses for professional tailoring, such as pattern making, advanced garment design and construction. Advanced business management and strategic financial planning is also a part of the curriculum. As the established western apparel markets continue to look to African culture for style trends and creative inspiration. The tailors union sees opportunity for small enterprises in Liberia who are professionally savvy about the business of fashion. The future holds potential benefits with preparing Liberian professionals for the attention and buzz about the African fashion industry. According to the tailors union, Liberia’s educated workforce is invaluable for Liberia’s participation in a market place that promotes the African culture; it’s history and traditions.

Hon. Bisa Williams (Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of African Affairs, US State Dept) and Kimma Wreh (Liberia's Fashion Ambassador) at the US Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York(Photo: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Productions)

Hon. Bisa Williams (Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of African Affairs, US State Dept) and Kimma Wreh (Liberia’s Fashion Ambassador) at the US Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York
(Photo: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Productions)

Hon. Bisa Williams (Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of African Affairs, US State Dept) and Kimma Wreh (Liberia's Fashion Ambassador) at the US Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York(Photo: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Productions)

Hon. Bisa Williams (Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of African Affairs, US State Dept) and Kimma Wreh (Liberia’s Fashion Ambassador) at the US Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York
(Photo: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Productions)

Hon. Jerolinmek Matthew Piah (Presidential Press Secretary, Office of the President of the Republic of Liberia) and Ambassador Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs at the US Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York.(Photo: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Productions)

Hon. Jerolinmek Matthew Piah (Presidential Press Secretary, Office of the President of the Republic of Liberia) and Ambassador Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs at the US Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York.
(Photo: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Productions)

(excerpt taken from Women and Shoes Magazine.View full article here)