A happy soul that would rather say that she is in her “twenties” as opposed to being precise about her age and who prefer denying being married or single so that you are left wondering where exactly she is. That is Alice Wambui for you. A former student of Nairobi Institute of Business Studies (NIBS) and St Paul’s University, she is a marketer by profession and one of the November babies having been born on 30th November.
What is your fashion statement?
I have always believed that fashion was not only to make women more beautiful but also to reassure them, give them confidence.
What is your goal in life in the next 5 years?
In life, I want to become a fashion designer. My goals are to create clothing that is of all sizes, ages, and genders. In my clothing, I want to show a creative side of my artistic ability and I want to make my clothing affordable for all as well. I think I influenced myself to become a fashion designer because I have a passion for art and wanting to become a fashion designer.
I enjoy making sketches of clothing that one day will hopefully be available in stores all over. Fashion designing, in my opinion, is a way to express the unique side of your creativity, also fashion designing is a career that I believe I can achieve in so highly if I stay focused and continue to put more effort in my creations. I could see interior designing as a possible career in my future because it’s somewhat similar to fashion designing. Both involve having a sense of style and an eye for color, texture and pattern coordination.
Carrie Hammer is a fashion designer and a Woman of Influence. Through her story she made me believe clothes have the ability to change people’s perception of the world.
We reckon that you are a business lady, tell us about your business.
I was not born a designer. I’ve been employed by various companies including Kamukunji haha. Where we would even carry “gunias” Ata Mashamba nimeuza. I have been jobless but I never gave up. I’ve grown like so many women who Want to know how to become a successful fashion designer. I’ve spent my formative years watching “Project Runway,” reading Vogue and visiting fashion blogs because I had a desire to follow in the footsteps of fashion.
I visited my designer Joyce Irungu. C.E.O Boss lady, a friend of mine C.E.O Kitenge World Florence Karimeri and Mukami Mwaura C.E.O Nelisa Fashion House. By listening to them that’s how Wammu Designs & Creations came up.
We deal with men’s / women wear, we dress people for events such as wedding and dowries. We are located in Kahawa Wendani near Pettans Driving College first floor Room A22. Follow Us On Facebook at Wammu Designer and creation.
An empowered woman is someone who knows her strengths and isn’t afraid to embrace them. To be empowered means to be in control of your life, aware of your capabilities, and ready to take on even your biggest dreams. I want to offer a place for women to come and find relevant information and feel connected to others. I am eager to tackle topics including, but not limited to; investments, health, fitness, family, food, careers, movies, TV, books, and friendships. I want to encourage women to start conversations about topics that in the past have been directly related to men.
Engaging women is something I have never found hard to do.
What do you think is the biggest hindrance to women empowerment?
For some reason, women tend to judge other women incredibly harshly. It is as if no woman can do well without another woman putting her down in some way. “Michelle got promoted to VP, she must have slept with someone” “Kristen got accepted to NYU because she is black” She got a guy with a car, a house she must have snatched her from another woman. If women want to succeed this are some of the things to keep off from.
What do you attribute your success in business to?
It takes intentionality to achieve much of the success we do in life. But I can’t deny it. It’s really all grace. I do not deserve the favor I have found. His grace has been amazing in my life. And, the more I have pursued Him, allowed Him to have His will in my life, and credited all to His glory the more grace He seems to extend. He’s a generous God.
Any advice to campus students looking to venture into the world of business?
Don’t let failure be a deterrent: Even the best laid and plan and best intentions sometimes don’t make the cut. Use your resources: Watching business that you worked so hard to build can be a lonely feeling. You may feel like no one understands, no one can help and you are all by yourself. Get support, ideas, and encouragement. Don’t go it alone! Call on your trusted advisers and contacts to help work through your setback and get you back on track.
When you dedicate your business to Christ, he gets involved with decisions. He tells you what to do. He becomes the chairman of your board. He gets the glory. I remember before I opened my business I prayed and fasted for it.Then I invited my spiritual Dad Bishop Jim Maina from Cornerstone Ministry to dedicate it. If someone will follow this she or he won’t Regret because so far it is well with my Business.