If you’ve been searching for a clothing line that seamlessly blends African prints with modern street style, your dream has just come true. If that search hasn’t kept you awake at night, well, your dream might have just come true anyway, because four Brown students have just dropped a gorgeous fashion collection that appeals to all crowds.
Everything started last semester, when Chimezie Udozorh ’16 was looking for African inspired pieces to add to her wardrobe. She commented, “It was really hard to find clothes I liked, and if I did, they were really expensive.” Her and her brother, Kelechukwu Udozorh ’18, were working with their dance team’s sewing machine to make performance outfits, when the idea fell on them to make clothes of their very own. What started with family sweaters for Christmas, turned into a winter recess project to launch a fashion line. Leadz Dorcé ’16 (also featured on folkmade) and Nora Hakizimana ’16 joined the team, and after weeks of nonstop work, the collection launched in mid February.
Chi and Kele are from Nigeria, and they are primarily responsible for producing the clothes. Leadz is from Haiti, and she’s in charge of advertising, logo design, and the website — with the help of computer science concentrator, Joshua Chavez ’16. Nora is from Rwanda, and heads up the business and numbers end of the line from abroad this semester. CLNK is a special opportunity for consumers to purchase unique fashion with a rich cultural heritage. As Leadz put it, “we are the source material.”
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