Ottawa designer and entrepreneur Stacey Bafi-Yeboa to show at New York Fashion Week – Ottawa Business Journal

It’s not usually that large vogue information comes out of Canada’s capital, however final week there was a serious win for Ottawa and Canadian vogue.

Lengthy-time designer, Stacey Bafi-Yeboa, founding father of luxurious sweatshirt firm Kania, was invited to show at New York Fashion Week. For Ms. Bafi-Yeboa, this milestone was years within the making even though she's no stranger to the limelight.

Earlier than vogue, her past love was dance. At 19 years previous, her abilities took her to New York the place she danced on Broadway. It was throughout this time within the Large Apple that her imaginative and prescient for her place in vogue was born.

“I bear in mind one time after my dancing profession, I stood on a rooftop in New York and I regarded out at the town lights, and I wrote a letter to New York, and I mentioned, ‘Thanks for having me as a performer. Thanks for having me as an entertainer. However this isn't my objective’. I knew that my objective was larger and my objective is to make individuals really feel superb. My objective is to make girls really feel alive and empowered. It doesn't matter what your physique is, it doesn't matter what you seem like,” Ms. Bafi-Yeboa acknowledged when asserting the large information.

She returned to Canada, engaged on movie and tv tasks in Toronto, however her imaginative and prescient for making girls really feel snug by no means left her. She purchased her first serger and solely a month after designing her first line, a yoga studio determined to carry it. It will be known as Kania.

“Kania is a luxurious sweatshirt line. We make actually, actually snug garments that mix vogue with consolation. I need girls to really feel superb. I need them to really feel completely nice once they’re sporting their garments to allow them to really feel nice doing no matter they’re doing,” she says of her model.

Kania's flagship retailer in Ottawa's ByWard Market.

Ms. Bafi-Yeboa moved again to Ottawa, the place Kania turned a household affair primarily based out of her childhood bed room. She sewed the items whereas her father minimize the material, her mom sewed the labels, and her boyfriend at the time (now husband) folded and did high quality management.

However it was precisely 10 years in the past, after engaged on movie and TV business tasks for the likes of Nike, Leon’s and Hairspray, that she determined to dedicate 100 per cent of her time to Kania.

Over the next decade, Ms. Bafi-Yeboa and Kania hit a number of main milestones. The enterprise moved from her childhood bed room to a flagship boutique on York Road within the ByWard Market, collaborated with a number of music festivals, was featured at World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto and participated in a memorable Carnival themed displaying at the now defunct Ottawa Fashion Week.

All of this leads to this fall and the most important displaying of her profession to date, New York Fashion Week.

Though Ms. Bafi-Yeboa, with the assistance of Kania technical designer Arfie Lalani, has realized to pull collectively collections at the drop of a hat, she acknowledges that she will’t do it alone.

“I’ve accepted this nice honour however I can’t do it alone. There’s a number of funding that wants to be finished and I would like the individuals energy to make the show of my desires. I’d love to make a show that blends my vogue design profession and my dance profession collectively. I need to make ‘Broadway down the runway.’ I need to make the show of a lifetime … That is Canada’s 150th birthday and I need to go into America and show Canada proud.”

This text initially appeared in Shifter Magazine.

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Ottawa designer and entrepreneur Stacey Bafi-Yeboa to show at New York Fashion Week - Ottawa Business Journal