• Categories: Designers
  • Gender: Female
  • Birth Country: Kenya
Monica Kanari
Monica Kanari the chief fashion designer at Occasions 'n Days Fashion. Officially she started her journey into fashion at age 27, with her home serving as her first workshop. Gradually, she opened a shop at Nairobi’s South B Shopping Centre before moving to Hurlingam. But the genesis of her designing flair was her mother, a gifted dressmaker. Since she studied fine art in school, she helped her sketch the designs. While at Egerton University in Njoro she studied Agriculture and Home Economics and later worked as a stockbroker for six years, before calling it quits to concentrate on fashion. Even then, she drew sketches and designed clothes for friends. When she presented my designs at the Sifa festivals in 1994, she was overjoyed to make it to the finals. In 1995, she represented Kenya in South Africa at a fashion fair, and won. The response was overwhelming — it challenged her to take designing more seriously. Later, when she got married, her husband constantly encouraged her and even helped draft a resignation letter in 1999 from the company she worked for. Her focus is outfits for special occasions like weddings. After she set up her business, she did a short course with a designer in Australia and learnt more about fabrics. Apart from Sifa awards, she has also showcased her collection at the REDDS fashion awards and Fashion for Peace (FAFA). She still studies designing online, because she knows there’s always something new to learn.

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