From bedroom to boutique: Handmade fashion with a Rwandan heart

From bedroom to boutique: Handmade fashion with a Rwandan heart

Every week, African Start-Up follows entrepreneurs in various countries across the continent to see how they are working to make their business dreams become reality. (CNN) — When Christine Mbabazi started designing clothes in her bedroom in the Rwandan capital of Kigali, she had big ambitions. Now the owner of her own store — Christine Creative Collections — she has even bigger plans: turning her fashion boutique into a household name.”The brand is promoting African fabric and African designs, with my creativity, and developing it to the rest of the world,” says the young entrepreneur.Launched last March, Mbabazi’s startup produces and sells a wide variety of eye-catching fashion items, including bags, shoes and clothes. Mbabazi says Rwanda is at the very heart of her brand, so every creation in her store is handmade with locally-sourced materials.”I love the African fabric,” she says. “[Growing up] I liked looking unique, [so] I used to cut my clothes in different ways — I used to change them, I used to sew […]

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