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 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

Photographer: Richard Inim

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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TeKay Designs Made A Dazzling Debut During New York Uptown Fashion Week 2015

Houston based design label TeKay Designs presented it’s formal collections of evening and bridal creations at Uptown Fashion Week in New York City at United Palace Theater, 4041 Broadway, New York last Thursday February 12, 2015.
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Uptown Fashion Week has now established itself as a crucial stop on the fashion circuit. Proving to the fashion community that Uptown Manhattan must be a considered player in the New York City world of fashion. This year’s February show provided an insight into the top trends for Fall Winter 2015 with celebrities and designers showcasing their creations on the catwalk. This bring us up Broadway to Northern Manhattan for Uptown Fashion Week 2015.
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TeKay Designs Evening Gown

TeKay Designs offers couture bridal, formal gowns, pageant dresses, statement fashion jewelry, and trendy ethnic designs. We specialize in handcrafted pieces that appeal to clients who appreciate elegance with a contemporary twist.
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TeKay Designs Evening Gown

The inspiration for TeKay Design’s signature Queen of the Brides collection is the monarchies from historical civilizations around the world. The gowns are based on women of royalty and power throughout history. Each look is accessorized with high end fashion necklaces, headpieces or veils.

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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

TeKay Designs at Dress Houston

TeKay Designs & Queen Of The Brides showcased their new collection in fashion show at Dress Houston.

View video HERE.

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All photos courtesy of Next Level Photography.

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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TeKay Designs celebrates culture at The Dallas International Fashion Event

TeKay Designs was a featured designer at the second Dallas International Fashion Event co-hosted by the City of Dallas and Trendy Africa Magazine to spotlight global fashion and the cultural heritage of Africa, including a mix of Asian and European cultures.
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Held at the Dallas City Performance Hall on May 16, 2014, the event was a platform for international relations.  The evenings lineup featured dancers, entertainers, members of the Dallas City Council, foreign dignitaries, and international fashion designers.

View video of TeKay Designs and Queen Of The Brides fashion showcase: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STvU0M1Iz4k
TeKay Designs: Queen Of The Brides at Dallas International Fashion Show 2014

The event was presented by Trendy Africa Magazine to benefit the Dallas Youth Council.  Nigerian Senator Florence Ita Giwa, Dallas Councilwoman Vonciel Jones-Hill, Hon. Abike Dabiri Erewa and Publisher May Olusola were among the honorees to receive the distinguished Tammae Award.  TAMMAE is an annual mothers appreciation concept by Trendy Africa Magazine to honor individuals who have impacted their communities through personal and professional efforts.
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The prestigious event was attended by special guests including: Dwaine Caraway (Dallas City Councilman), Karl Z. (City of Dallas), Lee McKinney (Assistant Director, office of Economic Development City of Dallas), Honorable Abike Dabiri Erewa (Chairman Diaspora committee Federal House of Representatives Nigeria, Ime Udo-member National Council for Arts and Culture Nigeria), Bob Brunner (Vice President – Arik Air International), Eeefy Ike-  International Motivational Speaker and Designer), Regina Onyeibe (The City of Dallas Africa liaison officer), and Chinwe Isaac (Nigerian Actress and Producer). dif-trendy-247  DIF-QOB-2014-6ORIG DIF-QOB4535 DIF-TK4339crop DIF-TK4347A DIF-TK4350 DIF-TK4358 DIF-TK4376A DIF-TK4383

Dallas Texas is recognized as the ninth-largest city and a highly culturally diverse city in the U.S.  This fashion platform provided the Dallas community an opportunity to experience alternative fashion styles that are accessible here in Texas.