N'kya, a new line created by London based designer Sheila Boateng, has all the sass and sexiness any one could ask for. Created in London but deeply rooted in Ghana, each collection has its own personality. Originally a Biomedical Science major at Kingston University in the UK, Boateng realized her real passion when she began designing dresses for people to attend events such as the Ghana Independence celebration. Her favorite season to design for is Spring since the vibrancy of the line can truly come out to play. "Spring tends to be my favourite as African prints are mostly colorful and everyone gets into a happier mood in spring as it marks the end of the cold days and the beginning of sunshine." She believes her confidence is a reflection in her work; short dresses and strapless tops in bold colors and patterns really bring out a bold, confident woman.
Her favorite designers include Viktor and Rolf and Gareth Pugh -- her reasoning; "These designers tend not to follow trends making their stuff stand out and be unique," most definitely a quality she can share with these designers. All of her pieces are produced in Ghana by highly skilled seamstresses. This generates a stable income and enables Boateng to give back to the people she gathers inspiration from. Being somewhat new to the fashion industry, she understands the competition is fierce. "You need to keep ahead of the game at all times and find a niche that makes you stand out when compared to other designers." In five years from now she visions N'kya to be a successful, well known fashion house. "I see N'kya to be a fashion house known all over the world with stores in very fashion savvy cities such as New York, London, Paris, Milan, Dubai and my city of origin Accra."
When asked about her most memorable moment as a designer thus far she mentioned "Having a client contact you after they have received their order to say how perfectly it fit and how much they love the garment."Her advice for future fashionistas: "My main advice would be for them to follow their heart and go with ideas that make sense to them. We all can't do the same things so they need to let their personalities show through their pieces."Well said, Ms. Boateng, well said.