… And Always Remember FEAR IS THE WAY – If You Are Not Scared It’s Not Big Enough To Even Chase After It.
“A strong support system in every aspect of life is a necessity. People that understand and share your vision always tend to see the end of the tunnel just when you think you can’t get out of it. That’s the secret.” – Winnie Kirabo Namatovu, Co-Founder Wyne-Kirabo
Conceived in 2015, and stepping into the industry in 2018/19 for capitalization, Wyne Kirabo is a fashion brand based in Spain with African roots. The mixed culture brand creates women custom clothes with an African touch.
Its co-founder and creative director Ms. Winnie Kirabo Namatovu, is responsible for implementing the decisions made by the team and as well, all the Wyne Kirabo designs.
“As a teenager my friends decided to call me Wyne instead of Winnie, and my mother’s middle name is Kirabo which I also share with her, so that’s how we derived to the name Wyne Kirabo.” – Ms Winnie reveals.
In a brief interaction with Ms. Winnie, she shares some really interesting info on the brand. Enjoy below!
What inspired you to start and, when did you start?
I have always been a creative at heart, so all I needed was to stop being scared of my craft and just do it.
“We all know that the world is a global village and that art is the way to fluently talk in every single language. So the objective of Wyne Kirabo is to create fashion that creates a mix in culture.” – Winnie Namatovu ‘Wyne Kirabo’
Miss Winnie also shares that one of the lessons she has learned since she started operating has been that while listening to people and their opinion is important, she always remembers that the decision is hers to make and take. ‘No man is an island; we all need a strong support system in one way or another.’ She adds.
What are some of the benefits you’ve had since operations?
I think just starting this line of work, getting over the fear of starting and worrying about if people will accept my work and appreciate it; that in itself has been the greatest benefit, of course besides financial benefits.
Where do you see your fashion line ten years from now?
I see it inspiring more women and especially African designers. But above all I see Wyne Kirabo selling world-wide in major cities.
Like any other business, I’m sure you’ve had your ups and downs. What keeps you going despite these highs and lows?
A strong support system in every aspect of life is a necessity. People that understand and share your vision always tend to see the end of the tunnel just when you think you can’t get out of it. That’s the secret .
During this lockdown, how have you been able to address the challenges that surfaced with the COVID-19 situation?
The beauty of my kind of work is that it’s always in your head, so even in the lockdown, I was still able to create my next collection.
And also it was a perfect moment for us to take care of all the other sectors that had been neglected for quite some time like social media pages and after-sales services.
Your products are really unique and beautiful. What has been the customer/ international and local community response to your products?
The response has been overwhelming and encouraging at the same time, I can’t complain about that.
If I were to purchase your products, what’s the procedure?
For starters, Wyne Kirabo does custom made clothes. So the client will reach out and book an appointment or send us an email to book an appointment.
For our local customers, we meet them physically, take their orders, then take their measurements and the work begins.
If you’re an international customer, we talk by phone or via email or Instagram DMs. We take your order, then you send us your measurements and the works begins. Then it’s shipped to you.
For a brand as mind-blowing as yours, with such quality products, awesome visuals, and a very catchy social media presence, I’m pretty sure you’ve had such several achievements. Could you please share a few if you don’t mind?
- For anyone that’s running a personal entity, I think they can agree with me that gathering your guts and deciding to put your savings towards starting a business is hard, but when you see the response from the people it’s gratifying.
So my greatest achievement has been to start this venture and also the fact that the people actually embraced my craft.
What message would you throw in for other people out there, the people who would like to start an enterprise of this nature and may be of another kind?
Just do it, don’t listen to people who say you can’t. And always remember FEAR IS THE WAY.
‘If you’re not scared it’s not big enough to even chase after it.’- Winnie K. Namatovu