The whole idea was conjured up one evening when she was asked to design wedding chairs by her mother. A rather simple and elegant passion turned into such a beautiful thing that would blossom into the fully functional enterprise; Sandy Fashions. Also fuelled by this would be the unfortunate fact that due to her height, it was challenging to find clothes that would fit and suit her body perfectly. So she looks at the end product and decides she likes what she sees. She could pull it off. And this would finally come to pass late 2013 as Khasandi joined Daystar University.
A single dress. That was the young fashionista’s small beginning. And when she stepped out in it to some event a random lady would undoubtedly approach her to enquire who her designer was. Unfortunately, what Khasandi sees as lack of law that protects the fashion world, her dress would be seen in the next weekend’s paper, only the designer’s name was not hers. But such is life, and this, for the young entrepreneur, was but another milestone she had to pass through to get where she is going.
Khasandi took her launch to her hometown Kitale and debuted at the Kitale Fashion weekend a first ever of its kind in the area. This, she says, was her way of giving back to the community. She sought to make an impact in her hometown first, then move onto Nairobi where her reception would be even more widespread. She believes it to be nobler when you make an impact at home, compared to doing the same in town. I could not agree more.
For the fashion lovers-and fanatics as well- the names Achi Otigo and Diana Opoti need no further prompting. The former doubles as Khasandi’’s mentor, the latter a renowned fashion Public Relations Specialist. This would explain the zeal and spirit evident in the young lady even as she does marketing for her mother’s hotel business. Although capital tends to bring her down at times, the young impresario is hopeful that all the hard work and dedication will finally pay off. The growth may also not be tangible, but being the hard worker she is, 75% percent is an indication of more room for growth.
One of the factors that serve as a constant push to Khasandi would be the ever growing brood of young successful entrepreneurs. She sees this as a challenge as much as an encouragement to work harder and achieve almost as much; to have a fully established line that will be recognized both locally and internationally; a household brand like Samantha Bridal’s Wambui Mukenyi. Regrettably, she also has to deal with credit defaulters in terms of customers, bearing in mind that she will still have the tailor, her fabric supplier not to forget her supportive creditor-her mother- to consider when payments are being made. Moreover, sometimes she finds herself in situations whereby the fabric supplier has messed her up-for lack of a better word of course. Auspiciously, Khasandi chooses to let such impact her positively and move on with life.
Khasandi seeks to bring the authenticity and exoticness of the African print back, she does not see why we should dress in international fabric and style whereas we have a uniquely beautiful style in our own backyard. Well, we here at Thefounder, for one, look forward to celebrating Khasandi once she becomes the Household name….!
Originally posted 2015-06-12 20:25:47.