WHEN… The Creation Story

WHEN

When was Muni Designs founded, and when my love for fashion started.

THE CREATION STORY

Muni designs was founded in 2020 during the trying times of the Covid-19 pandemic, but had been a dream in the making since 2017 when I joined campus to pursue Fashion Design and textile Technology .

Coming up with the name was the biggest struggle , my first option for a name was ‘Nohr’ .

Growing up I didn’t have an idea of what I wanted to become until my 11th year (form 3) after I changed school. My new home science teacher, Mrs. Njuguna, had her style speaking to us about who she was without even having to say a word. 

She stood out and she looked so confident so I’d study her from a distance. She wore monochromatic colors and would style them with their shades and tints to make a killer outfit . She was in either her late 40s or early 50s. She made me love home science specifically garment construction since I had a deep curiosity and urge to understand how clothes can create illusions and actually give you a certain feeling when wearing them.

Another memory I have is concentrating on the change and difference in clothing amongst characters in movies. Their different clothing would express a mood, their social class, the era they are in, the country , their religion/beliefs , career or even climatic condition. This always interested me as I would note a change in dress code in an actor through different movies and understand how it expressed the different characters. (Saying this loud makes me sound like a fashion nerd)

Muni Designs Logo

I’m probably snitching on myself with this third one . Another memory (fashionable memory) I have is playing dress up when I was alone in the house. I’d combine different clothes to make very bomb outfits . I’d wear my
moms coats and my sisters short dresses, sometimes even my brothers denim jackets and every outfit I put together was something I knew I’d love to wear someday out in the open rather than alone in a mirror (by now I have ).

With time and age I came to realise that how I’ve dressed would influence strong emotions like confidence and self esteem . How I walk and talk in a ball gown is not how I’ll walk and talk in sweatpants and hoodies.

In 2019 I made the bold decision to continue my studies but with a private tutor who was a retired fashion lecturer in a rural area in Kisii Nyanza. But no sooner than later covid19 came in 2020 and schools were closed but I continued attending my private tuition but with caution until the cases became serious and the scares rose.

Now I’m in a strange land , there’s a world wide pandemic and lock down, minimal sewing skills, a machine in my room and a million teachers on YouTube . I decided to be a full time YouTube student which was quite
affordable and enjoyable . I made my first dress then the second and the third, soon I had a collection . Then I made a shirt and a short and a trouser and soon I knew the tricks . Then I sew masks for me and my family and got orders from retailers to stock their shops, now am making coins. Fast forward to 2021 I did my first 8 fashion shows (to be covered in a later blog)

Slowing and surely Muni designs became a brand . Manifested from childhood and actualize in my youth . To God am grateful.

“Be an intentional mover”
-  Muni

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