We chat with one of Kenya’s best upcoming fashion designers, Tiffany Kendi. Tiffany is passionate about all things fashion. And she recently unveiled her spring/summer themed collection. The fashion designer and blogger is on a mission to help ladies look fabulous through her brand – Saucy Flair.
Your brand ‘Saucy Flair’ is pretty catchy, how did you come up with the name?
Well, thank you. When I was thinking of starting my blog, I wrote down a list of all the things that describe me and this combination was perfect. I wanted to the name of my brand to capture my audience.
How did you join the fashion industry?
I joined the fashion industry mostly because of the compliments I received from my peers and friends about my fashion eye. After high school, the uniform was out the window and I started doing a lot of thrift shopping and mix-matching pieces. That is when I truly fell in love with fashion. I slowly started shopping for a few people and here we are today.
What are some of the challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Financial constraints. It takes money to make money. From shoots to outfits it can get pretty expensive. Although, if you have great work and dedication the finances will fall into place. Other than that, I really don’t focus on challenges. This is what I love and my vision is so clear, nothing can stop me.
What has been the most rewarding experience?
My fashion show this year in May. No words can describe how happy I was. The love and support was so heartwarming.
What would you say are the key things required to thrive in this industry?
No one’s journey is the same, but one thing you must have and that is belief. Once you are so obsessed and in love with your work and your dream, everything else falls into place. I don’t follow a set of rules with my work. I just do it wholeheartedly.
How has technology influenced you and your work?
Pinterest and Instagram are my favorite apps. I follow numerous fashion pages that give me inspiration. I also want to keep updated with the fashion scene. I want my work to be in tune with new trends and designers
Who inspires you in the Kenyan fashion scene?
I love, love, LOVE!!! Lysa Magazine. Whoosh! Their page is everything! I am OBSESSED.
Where do you see Kenyan fashion in the next 5 years?
I see more and more Kenyans taking on fashion as a full-time career. The Kenyan fashion scene needs more opportunities.
What’s your advice to other upcoming fashion designers?
Be unique! Most fashion designers aren’t pushing creative boundaries. Instead of designing duplicates, upcoming fashion designers should take the time to get inspired and think out of the box.