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.
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