As the daughter of a former wildlife researcher mother, Kemi Kalikawe was born in Tanzania and grew up in the scorching sun of the Kalahari Desert and game parks of Botswana. She learned how to sew by watching her mother and has since 2008 built a brand in Tanzania that is centered around strength and femininity, celebrating different body shapes. Influenced by her background as an interior designer, she creates abstract and asymmetrical women’s fashion. She is an award-winning designer who has showcased on 4 different continents. From Naledi Fashion, Kemi Kalikawe is the new brand, focusing on building traceability, by transitioning to the use of custom-made prints and technology to enhance the customer’s experience.
She has showcased in over 8 Swahili Fashion Week runways, been featured on CNN Africa Start-up, the cover of Femina magazine, numerus newspapers in China, Hong Kong and Tanzania and different blogs including My Africa, Fashion United.com and international magazines like Fiber2Fashion. In 2017 she was awarded Swahili Fashion Week’s Innovative Fashion Designer of the Year and in 2019, was selected as the only designer from African, in a group of 12 international designers, to take part in a 4-continent fashion tour, under China’s Belt and Road initiative.
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