How long have you been a designer?
I have been a designer since I graduated from college 9 years ago, but I have been creative director for Ajepomaa Design Gallery (ADG) since 2010.
Why did you become a designer?
My mother made clothes for my 2 sisters and myself using a domestic Elna sewing machine, so from a young age, I got inspired by her creativity, hence the keen interest in fashion. After I completed Accra Girls’ secondary school, I started Joyce Ababio’s Vogue Style Fashion School and whilst I was there I qualified for advanced standing for a Bachelors Degree Programme at The Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore. After graduation in 2005, I moved to New York City in 2006 to pursue a career in Fashion. I worked in retail houses like Anik and Searle NYC and worked at Jill Stuart as a Production Assistant. I moved from NYC to Ghana in December 2009 and started my brand Ajepomaa Design Gallery in February 2010 and by God's grace I haven’t looked back!
What do you love most about being a designer?
As proud as I am of all my collections, I get such a thrill when I start a new collection. The process of what goes into producing a new collection gives me an adrenaline rush like no other. I begin my research by taking pictures and documenting my ideas through reading and exploring videos to find my inspiration/mood/theme. I develop my sketches, research upcoming trends, fabrics and colors for the upcoming season. I then enhance my signature details to give them a fresh perspective from the previous collection.
How would you describe your brand/style?
The ADG woman is a classic sophisticate with a playful edge. One should expect bold and colourful eclectic and stylish quality clothes that are well made and possess unique detailing such as pleats, leather trims, metallic hardware (eyelets, studs, and spikes), chains and beadwork. Our brand aims to cater to working women from ages 25-40 years.
Who is your favorite designer(s)?
I really admire Carolina Hererra, I think that she delivers a refreshing collection season after season. Her designs are always fun and I like her concepts too.
What is your favorite food?
No doubt fried ripe plantains and red beans!!
Guess what? We sell Ajepomaa's beautifully detailed designs here at Kuwala and check out the video below: