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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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)

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.

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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Photographer: Kristina Brown Production

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Photographer: Kristina Brown Production

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)

 

 

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)

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

Photo:Kendric Rosby Photography

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

Photo:Kendric Rosby Photography

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

Photo:Kendric Rosby Photography

Photo:Kendric Rosby Photography

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

Photographer: Richard Inim

TeKay Designs at The Young Houston Magazine Spring 2015 Fashion Show

Photographer: Richard Inim

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 Ward Fund Crystal Awards Gala

TeKay Designs held its fashion show at the Crystal Awards Gala where Designer Of The Year Award from the Victor E. Ward Memorial Educational Fund was given to TeKay Designs’ creative director and fashion designer Kimma Wreh.

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D-Mars Awards Honors Liberian Fashion Designer

Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs accepted an award as top designer of the year at the D-Mars Celebration of the year event in Houston, Texas. In her usual soft spoken demeanor, Kimma reeled out a long acknowledgement; Ruth Hulett-Wimbish (Model Coordinator, Model Coach, Overall coordination of front and backstage), Shay Blaché (Fashion Stylist), Erin Sweed (vendor table setup, fashion show Assistant and model coach), Shivanni Hobson (Susan) and Kourtni Pollard – (Vendor table), Chantal Thomas (for overall assistant with front and backstage).

Kimma Wreh states, “I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation to d-mars.com for producing this event on a grand scale. This was a night of celebration for African Americans in the Houston fashion industry. I am thankful to d-mars.com for hosting the Celebration of the Year and honoring me with the Top Designer award. This prestigious event provided an opportunity to embrace advancements in fashion for African Americans in Houston. The Top Designer award means a lot to me after many years of hard work. The fashion show was fantastic with Houston’s Top 50 Black models on the runway, top notch staging and an enthusiastic audience.”

View the event’s video HERE

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United Nations Pageant teams with TeKay Designs to promote tourism, goodwill and cultural style.

Pageants typically focus on external beauty, glitz and glamour.  However, the United Nations Pageant hosted in Kingston, Jamaica seeks goodwill ambassadors. The United Nations Pageant is an international event, dedicated to identifying and showcasing the best tourism and ambassadors of humanity. Contestants are scored on inner beauty or how they relate with others, and show support towards community service. Contestants from Africa, South America, India, the United States and the Caribbean converged from July 1st through the 6th, 2014. This was an opportunity for comradery, community service and cultural expression.

 Leon Williams, the United Nations Pageant president, explained “Unknown to the contestants, we had judges socialize and mingle with them during the early days of the pageant.  The judges were revealed later on day three of the pageant and participated in activities with the contestants throughout the week. This provided opportunity to know each contestant personably. During this part of the process, a person can excel at the finals –but not get along with others; and this will hinder their chance to win. This opportunity offers more than a pageant title.  The winners become ambassadors who foster goodwill and help those less fortunate. Retrospectively, we also look at contributions each contestant has offered in their home community. Humanitarianism is a strong indicator of good character.

TeKay Designs, a sponsor and official fashion designer of the pageant, launched a pageant dress line titled the “Crown Collection” during the fashion show segment of the contest. The winners of the Miss and Ms. United Nations 2014 wore couture TeKay gowns. TeKay also offered gift certificates worth a total value of $5000 USD amongst three winners. “We retail at Shades of Africa boutique in Kingston, Jamaica, and were looking for opportunities to launch the new pageant collection in the Caribbean. This pageant was appropriate for launching the gown collection because this event embraces multiculturalism, tourism and community service. TeKay Designs creates ethnic fashions for people who want to express cultural chic. It’s beautiful that the pageant encouraged contestants to wear ethnic attire. I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals of diverse cultures from around the world and form lasting relationships.” states Creative Director, Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs.

Precious Chikwendu from Nigeria won the “Miss United Nations 2014″ title. During the ceremony Precious announced, “My mission is to out-reach to people who want yet can not afford quality education, but can use their talents to make a difference in the world. I plan to work with schools that are involved in environmental rehabilitation. I plan to help the younger students gain additional vocational skills to enhance creativity. I wish to setup vocational centers with curriculum for tailoring schools and food catering centers where students may acquire skills for the future.  The United Nations Pageant was a humbling experience and I’m pleased for the friends that I’ve made. Each day was full of activities. We got up every morning around 5 am for fitness and exercise. Our activities were non stop until the evening. This was my first visit to Jamaica and I’m glad that we volunteered to work at Dunrobin Primary School to clean and paint the school facility.
The United Nations Pageant brings together representatives from a wide range of cultures from across the globe. The pageant’s principal objective is to identify and showcase the best tourism, and goodwill ambassadors. Those who have the skills, talents and character best suited will promote their respective countries in furtherance of tourism, goodwill and cultural expression.

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