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Verna| Verna's Touch

Liberia

Meet Verna White, the owner/CEO Verna’s Touch a custom fashion design small business based in Monrovia Liberia. Verna loves fashion and knew early on that she wanted to pursue a career in tailoring and fashion design. While still in highschool she would design and sew oufits for her friends and family. This creative outlet lead her to the clarity out what she truly wanted to do, pursue a career in fashion design and manufacturing. After highschool, she had the opportunity to study tailoring at the Salvation Army Vocational School, in Monrovia, Liberia and took advantage.

Having honed her craft and hired her first group of tailors that she oversees, she is planning the grand opening of her first store in 2020. Verna dreams big. “I want my designs to go beyond Liberia, for the world to see.” Verna is completing her Associates Degree in Fashion Design at BlueCrest University College, in Monrovia, Liberia and plans on completing her BSC. “Knowing that there are people out there that believe in me and my handiwork alone drives and pushes us a lot. Through fashion design I a. able to trulyexpress myself. I have the confidence that I can achieve anything I put my mind to.” UKTESHOP is proud to partner with the creative expression and entrepreneurship of Verna’s Touch. #MadeinAfrica

Yvonne| Bayabs Kids

Ghana

Yvonne is the Owner/CEO and Chief designer of Bayabs Kids in Sunyani, Ghana. Her brand produces beautiful African inspired fashion for small and big kids.

Yvonne is the definition of a working mom and a social entrepreneur. Her company specifically employs illiterate and semi illiterate team members; she is passionate about giving them an opportunity. She only uses made in Ghana wax print fabrics for her gorgeous designs.

Nisrine & Nada| Soul Sisters

Morocco

Nisrine and Nada are two young sisters from Morocco who started out with a simple idea, to make the most of what their country has to offer. 

Their brand offers a range of great quality organic skins and hair care products, all 100% pure and produced in fair trade environments. Their products are made through cooperatives of women, providing job opportunities for countless women who would otherwise be victims of high unemployment rates. With their products they not only promote the beauty and richness of their country but create employment that allows women to generate income for their families.

Their aim to show the world that beauty comes from nature and that one must not compromise their skin and hair with countless chemicals and additives to achieve beauty and care.

Obi| Obi Leda

Nigeria

Obi is a one of a kind leather master craftsman. He has operated his leather shop for 40 + years and his sons have joined in the family trade to produce beautiful creations with exquisite finishing reflecting his love of tradition and beauty. Obi Leda is a true African artist and expert in all things leather.

 

 

 

Tomilade| Uzuri

Nigeria

At only 25 years of age, Tomilade is the CEO/Owner of Gelignite Oils and the mastermind behind UZURI by Gelignite line of natural hair and skin care products. She produces high quality 100% natural essential oils, carrier oils, and extracts from ethically sourced material in Nigeria. 

At the core of her company is a culture of purpose and impact: to promote the best of what nature has to offer while respecting the environment and impacting her community in a meaningful way. Her products are rich, all natural and contain no fillers, additives or inorganic materials. The majority of her raw materials are sourced from women farmers and vendors and with manpower that is primarily “womanpower”, her company employs and uplifts women through manufacturing, sales and technical support services. 

She a member of the Academy of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) and She Trades Common Wealth,  United States and United Kingdom initiatives to support growth of women entrepreneurs around the world.

Larissa| Ou'Lai Maison

Cote d'Ivoire

Tantie (Aunty) Larissa, as she is affectionately known, is the owner of Ou’Lai Maison, a small African decor and fabric business in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.

Working with a small team of local tailors and craftsmen, she designs her products and sources items from the West African region.

 

 

 

Brima| Brima Woloba Art

Liberia

Brima Woloba is a young gifted and inspired Liberian painter. Inspiration for this series is drawn from the rural scenes of Liberia. A Liberian national treasure. His paintings bring to the forefront, the quiet and rich rural life, the beating heart of Liberian society and culture.

At the age of 7 years old in the heat of the civil war, Brima and his family fled to neighboring Guinea. There, young Brima had the freedom once again to play outside without fear. When the other children huddled together to “play marble” Brima spent hours, head down, intently drawing in the sand. He started to draw constantly in the sand because there was no paper. For a young child in the village where they lived, this was highly unusual and drew a lot of curiosity. It was his late grandmother who encouraged him to continue. There, Brima’s art became his escape and salvation.

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