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

PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
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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)

TeKay Designs at African Fashion Week Houston 2015

As the headline designer for African Fashion Week Houston, TeKay Designs (Kimma Wreh), a Liberian-born fashion designer and fashion industry veteran, is often referred to as the “Vera Wang of African Fashion” for creating elaborate, regal and engaging bridal couture and special occasion garments for men and women. Wreh’s designes employ sophisticated embroidery, enhanced detail and impeccable fine stitching. The fashion line has been internationally recognized in the past for its statement necklaces, previously worn by public figures such as popular Daytime TV host, Deborah Duncan (Great Day Houston), Singers Chante Moore and Angie Stone, and world renowned tennis professional, Serena Williams. The fashion show included performers such as rising star musical trio Blush, and R&B singer Shaun G of Music World Entertainment – both managed by music industry mogul, Matthew Knowles (Beyoncé, Destiny’s Child, Trinity 5:7), popular comedic trio The WoWo Boyz, Impande South African Dance Troupe, and Houston’s very own Live Out Loud. Popular DJ Silent Killa was in the mix for the Fashion Showcase.

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The trade show and networking mixer party was held on Friday, August 21st. Guests were treated to live music, small bites, drinks and the opportunity to make new connections while checking out  stellar vendors and featured organizations. TeKay Designs presented the children’s fashion show featuring African and European children’s bridal and formal attire.

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View more photos of the children’s fashion show.


The Women’s Empowerment Foundation of Houston was the official charity recipients for African Fashion Week Houston. African Fashion Week Houston 2015 offered the best of culture, entertainment, and networking delivered in a spectacular fashion week.

The designer featured pieces from her TeKay Designs collections (African and ethnic collections of semi formal, evening, and bridal attire for men and women) and her “Queen of the Brides” series (couture wedding gowns). The show also featured disabled fashion model Deborah Grayson Carpenter who was recently named as an ambassador for the brand.

Photographer: Next Level Production

Photographer: Next Level Production

(repost from FOSE and Fufu & Soup)

 

 

Humanitarian Mission of Fashionable Clothing to Liberian Youth and People

In an era where fashion brands are associated with fashion design, production, and retail, it is refreshing for fashion designers to have a humanitarian mission of helping under-privileged children and adults.  Fashion designer Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs (a Liberian owned international fashion brand) teamed with the Bill Rogers Youth Foundation to distribute used and new clothing from Texas (USA) to children, teens and adults in Fanti town within Marshall City, a fishing community on the outskirts of Monrovia (Capital city of Liberia). Majority of Liberia’s population are estimated to live below the international poverty line and many children and adults do not have basic necessities like clothing, food and shelter.

The clothing distribution team received a warm welcome from the City Mayor, Mr. Robert P. Williams, and local official Mr. Borbor Weah of Fanti town, on August 1, 2015. The beneficiaries of the clothing donation were 125 women and children who chanted songs of praise to TeKay Designs and the Bill Rogers Youth Foundation Liberian team for their commitment and kindness. Over 350 people from Fanti town and surrounding towns gathered for the distribution, and they requested others who have means of helping youth in Liberia to assist in humanitarian efforts.

The clothing distribution was carried out on behalf of TeKay Designs by D. Emmett N. Potter (Senior Country Representative, Liberia Chapter), Emmanuel D. Kpoto (Secretary General, Liberia Chapter), Anthony Rogers (Director for Vetting and Recruitment), Massa Manguoe (Member) and Ernest Jackson (Member) of the Bill Rogers Youth Foundation in Liberia.


“The people of Marshall City are in desperate need of better health care, water and sanitation, clothing, school and educational supplies. Majority of Marshall City’s population are comprised of children and young people. We are thankful to TeKay Designs for the opportunity to make a difference.”stated Emmanuel D. Kpoto. “The Bill Rogers Youth foundation Liberian Chapter appreciates the effort and humanitarian gesture by Fashion Designer Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs towards the Liberian children, and we pray that this initiative shouldn’t be the last but the beginning of many donations.” stated Mr. D. Emmett Potter.

“I was overcome by joy when I saw the pictures of the children and the women receiving my clothing donation. TeKay Designs has a strong commitment to help and uplift the underprivileged people of Liberia. Many thanks to Gajee Shipping LLC for shipping the clothes, and to the Bill Rogers Youth Foundation for distributing the clothes to those in need, on behalf of TeKay Designs.” said Ms. Kimma Wreh (Fashion Designer and Creative Director of TeKay Designs).

(repost from PRlog.com)

Queen Of The Brides by TeKay Designs at Alhambra Ballroom’s 4th Annual Bridal Show in New York

Each year, Harlem’s historic Alhambra Ballroom celebrates the start of the wedding season with a showcase of culinary delights in the opulence of their Grand Ballroom. Beneath the draped chandeliers, local wedding vendors joined in to display their specialties in bridal services for budding couples. For this year’s event the Alhambra welcomed a refreshing, new approach to their presentation lineup by showcasing ethnic bridal gowns created by TeKay Designs “Queen of the Brides” gown collection. The Queen of the Brides is a prestigious and award winning luxury brand with design and production in Houston Texas and Ghana, Africa. The Fashion Designer, Ms. Kimma Wreh is internationally recognized for her ethnic inspired, and Afrique-Chic fashion creations.

Photographer: Macintosh Smith
Photographer: Macintosh Smith

“Queen of the Brides introduced a re-imagination of the conventional wedding. When we saw photos of these dresses on the Internet we knew the Queen of the Brides gowns would be a great fit for our bridal showcase.” explains Alhambra’s CEO Tracey Dechabert. Harlem is a place of history, ethnic diversity and there exist a cultural pride about African aesthetic. Harlem’s brides need to see that there is a cultural alternative to contemporary bridal fashions. The gown, just like cuisine can set a tone to your wedding day that intuitively shares your families heritage. “The fusion between cultural fashions and cultural foods can be an experience that resonates throughout generations”, said Dechabert.

Photographer: Macintosh Smith
Photographer: Macintosh Smith

Queen of the Brides offers formal gown creations that includes quality pieces of jewelry that reference a historical time period. The collection exemplified diverse cultures, as each gown represents a woman of royalty who has left an indelible mark on humanity. The collection included gowns named after Queen Nefertiti, Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt, Queen Cleopatra Selene II, Queen Ankhesenamun of Egypt, Mumtaz Mahal – Mughal Queen of India, Queen Manta Tisi of South Africa, Queen Padmini of India, Queen Amina of Zaria Nigeria, Queen Nzingha Amazon of Matamba West Africa, Empress Candace of Ethiopia, Queen Consort Margherita of Italy, etc. The menswear line is culturally inspired  with aesthetic themes that ranges from historic to contemporary design.

Photographer: Macintosh Smith
Photographer: Macintosh Smith

“We are really honored to have been asked to present Queen of the Brides to the Harlem community. New York is a melting pot of ethnic cultures and that’s what makes this city an ideal place to present gowns that represent queens from varied cultures. Now, anyone can express their heritage and be a royal bride”, explained Fashion Designer, Kimma Wreh.

Photographer: Macintosh Smith
Photographer: Macintosh Smith

The bridal showcase was interactive, entertaining and offered a variety of food dishes for sampling. The fusion between fashion, food and music stimulated every sense to create an experience that offers couples unique cultural ideas for creating their special wedding day. Dechabert stated, “Harlem is also growing more culturally diverse and we wish for this bridal showcase to be all-inclusive with vibrant cultures.  At the Alhambra, we take pride in delivering on request for many types of international cuisine from our ethnically diverse clients.”

View photos of fashion show below (slideshow).


View lookbook (slideshow) below.


(fashion show photos and look book photos by Macintosh Smith)

(repost from Taji Mag)

Zuri Concepts provided video testimonial of TeKay Designs: Queen Of The Brides at Alhambra New York Bridal Show. Zuri Concepts is a boutique design studio located in Downtown Jersey City, New Jersey, specializing in custom invitations and stationery.

Precious L. Williams (CEO at Perfect Pitches by Precious and Curvy Girlz Lingerie, LLC) gave endorsement of TeKay Designs: Queen Of The Brides showcase at the Alhambra Ballroom’s 4th Annual Bridal Expo in New York. Thank you.

(video by Khristina Brown Production)