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.

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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

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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.

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(repost from Front Page Africa Online)

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.


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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.

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(repost from FOSE and Fufu & Soup)

 

 

TeKay Designs at the Red Dress Gala

TeKay Designs was a featured designer at the Red Dress Gala by donating a red dress to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – Texas Gulf Coast Chapter. The Red Dress Event was part of Houston Fashion Week pre-presentation event.

Photo:Kendric Rosby Photography

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TeKay Designs was a featured designer at the Red Dress Gala by donating a red dress to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – Texas Gulf Coast Chapter. T
The Red Dress Gala Auction “Fashion for a good cause” is an auction of red dresses ranging from Texas emerging designers to designers from all over the world all donated for a good cause and featured at the Pre – Presentation for Houston Fashion Week® 2015 Event.

Photo:Kendric Rosby Photography

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TeKay Designs couture red dress was showcased on the runway on May 21st, 2015 at the Czech Center Museum Houston.

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Houston Television interviewed Deborah Grayson Carpenter wearing TeKay Designs at the Red Dress Gala.

TeKay Designs at The Young Houston Magazine Spring 2015 Fashion Show

At this event, the Young Houston Magazine released the Spring 2015 issue featuring Houston’s Top 100 Young Professionals Edition 2015.

TeKay Designs at The Young Houston Magazine Spring 2015 Fashion Show

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TeKay Designs at The Young Houston Magazine Spring 2015 Fashion Show

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TeKay Designs at The Young Houston Magazine Spring 2015 Fashion Show

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Designer Kimma Wreh was honored to receive recognition as a Top 100 Young Houston professional in Spring 2015 issue of the Young Houston Magazine.

TeKay Designs at New York Uptown Fashion Week Press Conference

TeKay Designs:Queen Of The Brides was the featured bridal designer at New York Uptown Fashion Week. The Press conference and fashion exhibition was held on Tuesday February 9th, 2015 followed by a Designers preview exhibition at Punto Space Located at 325 West 38th street New York City. The New York Uptown Fashion Week press conference was attended by members of the press, fashion enthusiasts and dignitaries such as Manhattan’s district 10 Councilman, YDanis Rodriguez and the Executive Director at City University Of New York (CUNY) – Hostos Community College, Ms. Seny Taveras.

Designer Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs spoke about the inspiration for TeKay’s Fall / Winter 2015 collection that featured couture bridal and evening gowns with an accessorized look for a Spanish flair. For the Fall/Winter 2015 season, the designer label featured embroidered gowns adorned with Spanish mantilla veils, cathedral veils and symbolic decorative hand fans.

New York Fashion Week is held semi-annually in February and September when the city streets become crowded with models, fashion editors and celebrities. The February 2015 show give an insight into the top trends for fall winter 2015 where celebrities and designers showcased  their designs on the catwalk. Uptown Fashion Week FW15 was held to Northern Manhattan at the historic United Palace Theater.

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TeKay Designs at New York Uptown Fashion Week – Press Releases

Thanks to these publications for publishing “Couturieres of TeKay Designs brings royal style to the Heights at Uptown Fashion Week New York.”

AfricaBusiness.com: Read complete article here 
Modern Ghana Newspaper: Read complete article here
Houston Style Magazine: Read complete article here 

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Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs awarded honors at Houston Fashion Awards

Houstonians celebrated a week of fashion and philanthropy during the annual Houston Fashion Week showcased at the JW Marriott Hotel.

During the show’s awards segment, one designer, Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs was awarded as the Best Couture Designer and Best Bridal Designer title for the “Queen of the Brides” gown collection and the “Crown Collection” of formal gowns. Kimma Wreh also won the Best Fashion Designer of the year award.  The voting is based on scores by affiliate networks of the event, which includes the Houston Fashion and Beauty Chamber. TeKay’s Queen of the Brides Collection is a high-end bridal line with each gown representative of a historic woman of power and social significance from different countries around the world.  The line is heavily influenced by ancient Egyptian and European styles and adorned with lavish accessories. The bridal collection carried white and cream colored gowns with gold trimmings. This season the line introduced a silver ensemble into the bridal collection. The bridal gowns were created using silver pleated satin fabric inserted into a silver metallic lace, which offers women a striking appearance.

TeKay continues to expand with a new line of high-end formal gowns titled the “Crown Collection” which also showcased this season and includes looks for pageant and red carpet occasions. The Crown Collection offers elegance with color, and was inspired by client’s request for red carpet dresses.” We’ve been working with several pageant events these past few years. Many of the contestants have utilized TeKay Designs because our dress collection is inspired by culture. Culture resonates with these ladies, and they wish to include their cultural expression into the pageant presentation to differentiate themselves from competitors. I’ve learned a lot about the demands for pageant winners to be glamorous since I’ve begun working within pageant events.” explained Creative Director, Kimma Wreh. “ The need to be glamorous extends beyond the award winning moment. These ladies have philanthropic causes which they represent, and they help by enrolling financial sponsors to support their causes. With each public appearance or presentation they must bring that same level of elegance and charm to the fore-front. Being elegant is an occupational requirement of the title holder. Pageant queens are particular about wearing unique dress designs. God forbid another woman arrives at an affair wearing the same gown as the pageant winner!  TeKay Designs is available to support in creating custom gowns for these women of discerning taste.” claimed Kimma.

TeKay Designs has lent its efforts towards bringing community together for various charitable causes. Global fashion is often the first to expose itself and help out when tragedies strike and financial assistance is needed. The Crown Collection positioned the TeKay brand within a network of pageant queens who are ambassadors to philanthropic causes. Many pageant winners have shared the lime-light with TeKay during fashion charity events. The Houston Fashion Week event included a charitable fundraising segment that offered women with spinal cord disabilities to share the catwalk during a moment of glamour. Making this the first wheelchair friendly runway for the fashion week event. We see that this has potential, and it’s all about making all women look and feel beautiful“, explained Victor Quinteros, the event’s Brand Development Director. The special guests graced the runway in wheelchairs while adorned in elegant gowns. Hopefully, fashion designers will realize a woman can look just as good sitting in a dress as she can standing up”, explained Deborah Grayson Carpenter, who was one of the wheelchair models, and was a former contestant of the Ms. Wheelchair Texas Pageant.Houston-Fashion-Week-Award-Photo-by-Beatriz L to R: Designer Lucas Escalada, Sweed, Victor Quinteros, Kimma Wreh and Deborah Grayson Carpenter. Kimma Wreh and Deborah Grayson Carpenter, NSCIA ambassador. L to R: Kimma Wreh and Victor Quinteros Kimma Wreh accepts Best Bridal Designer of the Year Award