Whitney Okpalamoka: From pol science to fabric art

Dorothy S. Bass

By Chinasa Afigbo

Whitney Okpalamoka, a graduate of political science from Covenant University, is an emerging material artist. Her model, Whitney Black, progressed into creating exotic bridal have on with luxurious materials and piquant types. Okpalamoka reveals how she works by using her craft to enhance self confidence in women.

When did you choose to go into this enterprise, and what influenced you?

I made a decision to be a style designer formally in 2016, contemporary out of the college and experienced just finished my NYSC as nicely. I was fantastic with my hands to a substantial extent and could sketch a very little, so I made a decision to give manner a attempt. My most important inspiration is my mum. She owned a style dwelling when I was tiny and that motivated me to also get the job done to getting my personal boss.

After your youth assistance, did you do occupation hunting ahead of the conclusion to settle for manner?

Not at all. Just before my assistance, I experienced now designed the selection to be a vogue designer. So, I went straight to manner faculty.

How has the method been in phrases of making your purchaser foundation and gratifying their wants?

The initially 12 months (2016-2017) was strictly about creating my information. I spent 8 months in trend university and a year internship with a trend property before I formally started Whitney Black. Making my model and attaining prospects has been exclusively from referrals and social media, particularly referrals. I have been blessed to meet up with prospects who unconsciously offer my craft so well to their family and pals and strangers as perfectly. At the end of the working day, some of them contact me to make clothing for them.

How would you outline your design of manner?

My style is quite Youthful, Creative but Straightforward. I adore to spend interest to how my styles in shape the physique and emphasize the most loved features of my buyers. I consider in building attires that show femineity and raise your self-confidence as a lady.

The Nigerian manner industry is wide how do you intend to make on your own stand out and dominate the market in decades to appear?

The reality is each individual day I keep increasing and browsing for new techniques to improve my talent. I lately started out a bridal line that caters especially to brides and all outfits they would need to have on their big working day. I intend to continue to keep doing the job on my types and I know it is only a issue of time and the suitable prospect.

How do you meet up with up with demands for the duration of festive durations?

The requires are often very substantial through the festive intervals, so we operate overnights throughout this time. And we normally motivate consumers to e-book previously so it doesn’t get too clogged up and demanding.

What was the initially piece you ever built that fetched you cash?

It was a two-piece completely ready-to-don outfit made with an aesthetic Ankara cloth.  I referred to as it ‘the cape pants set’, it was created for a blogger who wore it for one of her strategies when she arrived to Nigeria and I marketed above 30 pieces of that outfit in a area of 2 months.

Wow! What would you say are the most lifetime-modifying impacts your love for vogue has produced in your daily life?

I would say, staying economically impartial and getting ready to give a resource of money for the individuals I’ve used. Now I so considerably believe in myself and in the goals, I have for my brand.

What is it like carrying out enterprise in a time of the COVID-19 pandemic?

It’s been very challenging thanks to the fact that persons are not going out as considerably as right before the lockdown. But we are buying up once again.

What assistance have you for aspiring designers doubtful of how to acquire the 1st measures?

To start with, I would say give it a test and then put in all your very best. Do additional, converse much less perform good and hard. Be steady and usually willing to discover much more. It would all operate out when you consider in by yourself.

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