Banke Kuku is also one of the top 10 finalists in She Leads Africa Entrepreneur Showcase; a pitch contest/platform that introduces the continent’s most promising female entrepreneurs to investors, accelerators, and mentors looking to invest in the next generation of African talent.
BK Textiles: I felt I had a unique design aesthetic I wanted to share with the world under my brand name.
BK Textiles : Winning Triumph International’s ‘Women in Making’ competition earlier this year was a great moment.
Triumph International is a large UK lingerie company, and each year they launch a global competition to unearth creative female talents. I was lucky to succeed from out of thousands of applications worldwide.
BK Textiles : I chose to study textiles design after school, and I went from Central St Martins to Chelsea College of Art and Design, specialising in woven textiles. Studying textiles gave me the broad and solid foundation on which to exercise my creativity.
BK Textiles : There have been many challenges but I think the biggest challenge for Banke Kuku Textiles has been to develop a focussed business model.
The business aspect is just as important as the design. I would say I spend 80% of my time dealing with the business aspect and 20% designing.
BK Textiles : Social media has been great. It’s a fantastic forum to discuss ideas, update your followers and tell the story of your brand. Most importantly you can get feedback directly from your customers.
BK Textiles : “Persistence is the key to success!”_Banke Kuku
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