Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs to Represent Liberia in Paris Trade Show

Liberia will be represented at the 3rd edition of the Africa Fashion Reception Paris scheduled for 21st November, 2015 at the prestigious Salle Wagram, Paris.  Liberia’s Fashion Ambassador Kimma Wreh will lead a high level delegation comprising the Assistant Minister of Culture (Hon. Louise McMillian), Assistant Minister of Tourism (Hon. Jacqueline Capehart), Senior officials of Liberia’s National Tailors Union, key government officials and private sector personnel at the Parisian event.

Honorable Isaac Jackson (Liberia's Deputy Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism) delivered keynote speech at the press conference.

Honorable Isaac Jackson (Liberia’s Deputy Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism) delivered keynote speech at the press conference.

Mr. Anthony B. Taweh (Secretary General of Liberia’s National Tailors, Textiles, Garments & Allied Workers Union) at press conference held at The Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism in Liberia.

Mr. Anthony B. Taweh (Secretary General of Liberia’s National Tailors, Textiles, Garments & Allied Workers Union) at press conference held at The Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism in Liberia.

 

The Africa Fashion Reception is a Pan African initiative that will bring together fashion designers, fashion Icons, First Ladies, Ambassadors, Ministers and media from over 30 African countries in a celebration of cultural diversity expressed through the artistic fashion discipline with the proud theme ‘Africa is the new inspiration of global fashion’.

Senior officials of Liberia’s National Tailors, Textiles, Garments & Allied Workers Union including Mr. Lansana K. Dawon (Presiden), Anthony B. Taweh (Secretary General) spoke at a joint press conference held at The Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism in Liberia.

Senior officials of Liberia’s National Tailors, Textiles, Garments & Allied Workers Union including Mr. Lansana K. Dawon (Presiden), Anthony B. Taweh (Secretary General) spoke at a joint press conference held at The Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism in Liberia.

The Africa Fashion Reception is aimed at achieving the following objectives using the creative industry of fashion as a vehicle to build bridges by creating free trade and partnerships among fashion practitioners throughout the African continent; to attract global attention to Africa’s very rich and diversified dress culture which can be explored as a catalyst for the social economic growth of the continent’s garment/textile industry; to expand the potential power of fashion as a tool of fighting poverty in Africa by creating wealth through the empowerment of women and youths in the various fashion vocations through training, capacity building schemes, workshops and setting up of medium/small scale businesses thereby supporting the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and the African Union Agenda 2063; to bring about self-reliance as this initiative will create millions of jobs across the continent for Tailors, Creative Directors, Textile designers, Models, Cutters, Pressers, Fashion Photographers & Writers, Hair Stylists, Make-up Artists, etc.; to contribute in bringing the much desired peace and stability to our continent by positively engaging the youths as stated above; and to further develop African economies by creating the biggest and most formidable African fashion and lifestyle market for global patronage.

The African Union will be hosting all countries that participated in Paris to a Welcoming Gala event at the African Union headquarters, Addis Ababa, January, 26th 2016. The welcoming Gala has been lined up as one of the side events to be held during the African Union’s Heads of State Summit holding 24th – 31st January, 2016. Activities lined up during the African Fashion Reception in Addis Ababa include the first African Fashion Business Forum with the theme ‘Exploring African Rich Dress Culture for its Social Economic Growth’. The forum will be addressed by fashion experts from Paris, Milan, New York etc. It will also feature runway and exhibition by countries.

Liberia will be represented at the Africa Fashion Reception – Paris and Addis Ababa by TeKay Designs with delegation from Liberia’s Tailors Union and Liberia’s Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism.

 

 

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.
(Photo: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Productions)

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.
(Photo: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Productions)

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.
(Photo: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Productions)

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.
(Photo: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Productions)

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.
(Photo: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Productions)

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.
(Photo: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Productions)

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.
(Photo: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Productions)

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.
(Photo: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Productions)

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.
(Photo: Danny Gbawar of Next Level Productions)

(excerpt taken from Women and Shoes Magazine.View full article here)

TeKay Designs at African Fashion Week Houston 2015

As the headline designer for African Fashion Week Houston, TeKay Designs (Kimma Wreh), a Liberian-born fashion designer and fashion industry veteran, is often referred to as the “Vera Wang of African Fashion” for creating elaborate, regal and engaging bridal couture and special occasion garments for men and women. Wreh’s designes employ sophisticated embroidery, enhanced detail and impeccable fine stitching. The fashion line has been internationally recognized in the past for its statement necklaces, previously worn by public figures such as popular Daytime TV host, Deborah Duncan (Great Day Houston), Singers Chante Moore and Angie Stone, and world renowned tennis professional, Serena Williams. The fashion show included performers such as rising star musical trio Blush, and R&B singer Shaun G of Music World Entertainment – both managed by music industry mogul, Matthew Knowles (Beyoncé, Destiny’s Child, Trinity 5:7), popular comedic trio The WoWo Boyz, Impande South African Dance Troupe, and Houston’s very own Live Out Loud. Popular DJ Silent Killa was in the mix for the Fashion Showcase.

Photographer: Next Level Production

Photographer: Next Level Production

Photographer: Next Level Production

Photographer: Next Level Production

Photographer: Next Level Production

Photographer: Next Level Production

Photographer: Next Level Production

Photographer: Next Level Production

View more fashion show photos here.


The trade show and networking mixer party was held on Friday, August 21st. Guests were treated to live music, small bites, drinks and the opportunity to make new connections while checking out  stellar vendors and featured organizations. TeKay Designs presented the children’s fashion show featuring African and European children’s bridal and formal attire.

Photographer: Kristina Brown Production

Photographer: Kristina Brown Production

Photographer: Kristina Brown Production

Photographer: Kristina Brown Production

View more photos of the children’s fashion show here.


The Women’s Empowerment Foundation of Houston was the official charity recipients for African Fashion Week Houston. African Fashion Week Houston 2015 offered the best of culture, entertainment, and networking delivered in a spectacular fashion week.

The designer featured pieces from her TeKay Designs collections (African and ethnic collections of semi formal, evening, and bridal attire for men and women) and her “Queen of the Brides” series (couture wedding gowns). The show also featured disabled fashion model Deborah Grayson Carpenter who was recently named as an ambassador for the brand.

Photographer: Next Level Production

Photographer: Next Level Production

 

(repost from FOSE and Fufu & Soup)

 

Humanitarian Mission of Fashionable Clothing to Liberian Youth and People

In an era where fashion brands are associated with fashion design, production, and retail, it is refreshing for fashion designers to have a humanitarian mission of helping under-privileged children and adults.  Fashion designer Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs (a Liberian owned international fashion brand) teamed with the Bill Rogers Youth Foundation to distribute used and new clothing from Texas (USA) to children, teens and adults in Fanti town within Marshall City, a fishing community on the outskirts of Monrovia (Capital city of Liberia). Majority of Liberia’s population are estimated to live below the international poverty line and many children and adults do not have basic necessities like clothing, food and shelter.
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The clothing distribution team received a warm welcome from the City Mayor, Mr. Robert P. Williams, and local official Mr. Borbor Weah of Fanti town, on August 1, 2015. The beneficiaries of the clothing donation were 125 women and children who chanted songs of praise to TeKay Designs and the Bill Rogers Youth Foundation Liberian team for their commitment and kindness. Over 350 people from Fanti town and surrounding towns gathered for the distribution, and they requested others who have means of helping youth in Liberia to assist in humanitarian efforts.
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The clothing distribution was carried out on behalf of TeKay Designs by D. Emmett N. Potter (Senior Country Representative, Liberia Chapter), Emmanuel D. Kpoto (Secretary General, Liberia Chapter), Anthony Rogers (Director for Vetting and Recruitment), Massa Manguoe (Member) and Ernest Jackson (Member) of the Bill Rogers Youth Foundation in Liberia.

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2015-08-01 08.49.47“The people of Marshall City are in desperate need of better health care, water and sanitation, clothing, school and educational supplies. Majority of Marshall City’s population are comprised of children and young people. We are thankful to TeKay Designs for the opportunity to make a difference.”stated Emmanuel D. Kpoto. “The Bill Rogers Youth foundation Liberian Chapter appreciates the effort and humanitarian gesture by Fashion Designer Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs towards the Liberian children, and we pray that this initiative shouldn’t be the last but the beginning of many donations.” stated Mr. D. Emmett Potter.

“I was overcome by joy when I saw the pictures of the children and the women receiving my clothing donation. TeKay Designs has a strong commitment to help and uplift the underprivileged people of Liberia. Many thanks to Gajee Shipping LLC for shipping the clothes, and to the Bill Rogers Youth Foundation for distributing the clothes to those in need, on behalf of TeKay Designs.” said Ms. Kimma Wreh (Fashion Designer and Creative Director of TeKay Designs).

(repost from PRlog.com)