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Global Designer Spotlight: Mo Saique from Accra, Ghana


 

Mo Saique

Mo Saique

 

Life’s a promenade with these fab shoes! 

 

By: Francesca Andoh

Accra, Ghana

 

With big-name fashion brands saturating our markets in recent times, it is often a nice breath of fresh air to come across new brands every once-in-a-while, that are capable of delivering equally stylish and quality products to their consumers. Even more refreshing is when it’s a footwear brand. I had a rare opportunity to interview Afua Dabanka, the designer of Mo Saique Shoes, in one such an unusual encounter.

 

Designer Afua Dabanka

Designer Afua Dabanka

 

I ran into Afua on the first day of Ghana Fashion & Design Week. She was obviously preoccupied with getting the models ready for the “Duaba Serwa” runway show which was due to begin in a matter of hours. Well, they say opportunity comes but once right? And knowing this might be my only chance, I seized that opportunity for a quick interview with her, right there in the middle of her hectic engagements. (I found out later that she would be twice as busy the following day since she would be closing the shows with Christie Brown.) Thankfully enough, she was very kind and obliged to do the interview. This is her story.

 

Mo Saique

Mo Saique

 

Mo Saique

Mo Saique

 

Mo Saique

Mo Saique

 

 

Growing up in a little German town called Wetter, Afua’s love for fashion, particularly shoes, surfaced pretty early on in life. However, she did not pursue it as a career until she had become a well-established banking consultant in her later years. Her idea to own a footwear brand originally began in 2006. But she continued to work tirelessly at her banking job until she was certain of her ability to self-finance her new business should she start it. Mo Saique was subsequently launched in March of 2011.

 

 

Mo Saique

Mo Saique

 

Mo Saique

Mo Saique

 

 

Now, a little over a year into the business, Afua can already boast of a number of remarkable achievements. For instance, she showed her collections at the Touch Neozone Cloud Nine during Milan Fashion Week and also at the Formula 1 Amber Lounge in Monaco this year.  And as her lists of achievements continue to increase, it was no coincidence that I bumped into her at the Ghana Fashion & Design Week.

 

Mo Saique

Mo Saique

 

Mo Saique

Mo Saique

 

Mo Saique

Mo Saique

 

Mo Saique shoes have spectacular designs that fuse African culture with European glamour. Afua says she is commonly inspired by moods and emotions when creating. She also points out that designing with a clear colour pattern in mind is often the first step to her design process. At that, I glanced down and spotted a pair of beautiful wedges on her feet. Did you design those? I asked. “Yes, these are from my SS2013 collection which I [have] yet to reveal”, she replied.

 

Mo Saique

Mo Saique

 

 

Her last word was a piece of advice to other young entrepreneurs who are struggling to make it. She encourages everyone to commit to hard work and dedication in realizing their dreams because she is herself, a true example of the satisfaction and fulfilment that following your dreams can bring.

 

Mo Saique Shoes are now available at the Christie Brown store in Accra, Ghana and online at http://www.mo-saique.com/ . For more information on the brand, check out their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/shop.mosaique .

 

 

Photography courtesy of Mo Saique

 

*Francesca is an art loving, styling obsessed, fashion lover who roams the streets of Ghana always looking for the next fashionable inspiration. Check out her thoughts at www.francescaandoh.blogspot.com 


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