“My collections always have a touch of Uganda”: Solome Katongole

APiF: Please introduce your business and your designs.
Solome Katongole: Solome Katongole is a line for women’s clothing. It is a fusion of culture and fabrics.

APiF: How does your heritage inspire/influence your designs?
Solome: I was born in Uganda and raised in the Western part of the world so my designs reflect both parts. Traditional wear in Africa has changed in terms of fabric and shape. African women are more embracing of their traditional outfits, but with a modern twist. My collections always have a touch of Uganda – from the fabrics I use to the silhouettes. I merge western and traditional silhouettes/fabrics to create and construct garments with a modern twist.

APiF: If your label would be a person, what kind of person would it be?
Solome: My garments are for the fashion forward woman with an exclusive taste, who is not afraid to experiment with unique fabrics and style.

APiF: Fashion Finds: What is your favorite piece in your closet or of your collection and why?
Solome: My red and white vintage jacket. I am all about effortless fashion and that’s exactly what I thought when I bought it. I can wear it by itself without adding anything and still be fashionable.

APiF: Any tips for new designers/start-ups in the fashion industry?
Solome: Work hard and don’t loose your vision.

APiF: What are your fashion plans for 2012?
Solome: I am getting ready for Hub of Africa Fashion Week 2012 and hopefully I will be part of Cape Town Fashion Week 2012.

Find out more:
w: www.solome.webs.com
s: http://www.etsy.com/shop/solomek
f: Like Solome Katongole on facebook
t: https://twitter.com/#!/solomek

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