Madam Ambassador Upholds African Fashions From Liberia

Designer Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs is an award wining couturiere who has recently been recognized by the Vice President of Liberia, the Honorable Joseph Boakai; as Liberia’s Fashion Ambassador to represent the nation of Liberia on November 22nd. As Liberia’s official Fashion Ambassador, Kimma will promote the nations design talent and manufacturing capabilities during the African Fashion Reception event in Paris. Kimma is an African National who resides in the United States, and creates ethnic inspired gowns and jewelry for special occasions. Tekay Designs has a distinguished couture collection that is currently produced in the West-African country of Ghana with a manufacturing expansion to Liberia.

Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs with with Honorable Excellency Mr. Joseph N. Boakai - Vice President of the Republic of Liberia.

Ambassador Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs with with Honorable Excellency Mr. Joseph N. Boakai – Vice President of the Republic of Liberia.
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Ambassador Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs with with Honorable Excellency Mr. Joseph N. Boakai - Vice President of the Republic of Liberia.

Ambassador Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs with with Honorable Excellency Mr. Joseph N. Boakai – Vice President of the Republic of Liberia.
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Representatives from Liberia's National Investment Commission presented certification documents and ceremonial scarf on behalf of Liberia's National Tailor's, Textiles and Allied Workers Union to Kimma Wreh - Liberia's Fashion Ambassador.

Representatives from Liberia’s National Investment Commission presented certification documents and ceremonial scarf on behalf of Liberia’s National Tailor’s, Textiles and Allied Workers Union to Kimma Wreh – Liberia’s Fashion Ambassador.
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I am very proud to share my success in fashion with the people of Liberia.” explains Kimma Wreh. “I’ve donated clothing to needy women and children of Liberia because I want to help the people. I am honored to be nominated and represent my home country of Liberia during this prestigious event. My dream of being a fashion designer extends beyond myself. I wish to expand the production of my product line in Monrovia, Liberia. Apparel production can offer viable opportunities for employment and a better way of life for the people of Liberia, as well as many of the other developing nations that are represented at the African Fashion Reception event.

Senior official - Office of the Vice President of the Republic of Liberia - and Ambassador Kimma Wreh at the US Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York.

Senior official – Office of the Vice President of the Republic of Liberia – and Ambassador Kimma Wreh at the US Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York.
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LtoR: Hon. Excellency Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary Jeremiah C. Sulunteh (Embassy of the Republic of Liberia based in Washington D.C.) and Hon. Famatta Deline Manu (Embassy of Liberia) and Ambassador Wreh at the US Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York.

LtoR: Hon. Excellency Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary Jeremiah C. Sulunteh (Embassy of the Republic of Liberia based in Washington D.C.) and Hon. Famatta Deline Manu (Embassy of Liberia) and Ambassador Wreh at the US Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York.
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Ambassador Macdella Cooper and Ambassador Kimma Wreh at the US Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York.

Ambassador Macdella Cooper and Ambassador Kimma Wreh at the US Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York.
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I fled Liberia during the civil war in the 1980’s. Since then I’ve earned a bachelor’s degree from Howard University, and a masters in business administration from LeTourneau University in Houston, Texas. My venture in fashion has been long and not without struggles. However, I’ve begun to see my hard work pay off. The opportunity to introduce Liberia’s industrial capabilities to the western markets is another proud moment of success for me. And I want to collaborate with other fashion designers who wish to expand apparel production in Liberia as well.” explains Wreh.
Partnering with the Liberia National Tailors, Textiles, Garment and Allied Workers Union (LNTTGAWU). Ambassador Wreh will lead a delegation of over fifteen Liberian professional tailors to participate in the Africa Fashion Reception event. The group will present a portfolio of sample merchandise produced at the Liberian Tailors Union’s production and training facilities. The presentation will include a live demonstration by a textile weaver producing Liberia’s official country cloth on the premises. Working on behalf of the Liberian government, the garment workers produce official uniforms for Hospitals, Police, Military, Immigration officials, school uniforms for students, as well as request for custom made garments. The union offers Liberian citizens fundamental training courses in tailoring, weaving, creating Tie and Dye cloths, home fashions for interior decoration, business and finance management courses. The union provides advanced courses for professional tailoring, such as pattern making, advanced garment design and construction. Advanced business management and strategic financial planning is also a part of the curriculum. As the established western apparel markets continue to look to African culture for style trends and creative inspiration. The tailors union sees opportunity for small enterprises in Liberia who are professionally savvy about the business of fashion. The future holds potential benefits with preparing Liberian professionals for the attention and buzz about the African fashion industry. According to the tailors union, Liberia’s educated workforce is invaluable for Liberia’s participation in a market place that promotes the African culture; it’s history and traditions.

Hon. Bisa Williams (Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of African Affairs, US State Dept) and Ambassador Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs at the US Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York.

Hon. Bisa Williams (Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of African Affairs, US State Dept) and Ambassador Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs at the US Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York.
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Hon. Bisa Williams (Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of African Affairs, US State Dept) and Ambassador Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs at the US Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York.

Hon. Bisa Williams (Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of African Affairs, US State Dept) and Ambassador Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs at the US Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York.
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Hon. Jerolinmek Matthew Piah (Presidential Press Secretary, Office of the President of the Republic of Liberia) and Ambassador Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs at the US Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York.

Hon. Jerolinmek Matthew Piah (Presidential Press Secretary, Office of the President of the Republic of Liberia) and Ambassador Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs at the US Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York.
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(excerpt taken from Women and Shoes Magazine.View full article here)