Who am I ?

I am Kenyan living in Hamburg since 2008, happily married with two beautiful children.
After finishing my studies in Maseno University, Kenya with a Degree in Business Administration (Accounting), I moved to Germany. I attended Language & Accounting courses & finally became an accountant in Germany.


But inside my heart Fashion was always been my passion & I had been designing & making my own clothes using a needle & thread because I couldn’t afford a Sewing Machine.

Why did I become a fashion designer ?

One day in 2009 my husband surprised me with a sewing machine (a Singer) on my Birthday & that’s where it all began. Whenever i found time I spent it on my Machine making clothes for my daughter & I. Early last year, I attended a Beginners Tailoring Course which I dropped out of because I got bored of the slow progress that I was making.

 

So when my second Child turned 1 & could join Daycare, I opted not to go back to my Day job & concentrate on my Passion. In April 2015 I set up my workshop with the help of my Husband, registered my Business & started sewing. Am so grateful to my Husband is fully behind me and supports wherever possible.

What is special about my Designs ?

In the beginning every single piece from my Fashion line was handcrafted, here in workshop in Hamburg by me, but at the moment due to increase in demand, we are in the process of producing overseas to keep up the supply. My Designs are inspired by my own Style, what I like & would wear any day-everyday. I grew up in Africa and migrated to Europe as a young woman & the blend of this is visible in my Designs. The Core parts of my line are the beautiful African Prints & colors, patterns and details, inspired by modern European cuts and shapes but of course with a touch of my personal taste, thus- Oriwo-design.

My team

During the photo shooting of the Spring/Summer collection in the passage of my workshop in Pestalozzistraße, Hamburg.

Two good friends giving me a hand, my husband taking the photos and beautiful models wearing my collection.