We had the good fortune of connecting with Moriam Adepoju and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Moriam, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I discovered a need and I went all out to fill the gap and solve this problem.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a fashion designer. I help people look and feel good in what they wear. Our African inspired outfit caters for ALL SIZES. What sets us apart from others is our impeccable customer service. We treat each client like they are the ‘only one’ we have.
I am most proud of how far we have come.Launching our first ready to wear African inspired clothing line has been a lifelong dream and it is finally coming to life.
I started this journey in 2016 when I moved to United States to have our first child. My husband was in graduate school back in Texas, while I worked as a banker back home( Nigeria). When I came to have our child, I was twinning with my baby in African wears popularly known as “Ankara in Yoruba language” or “Kitenge” in Swahili. Everywhere I went, people would turn their heads and ask where they could get same. At the time, I have never touched a sewing machine before. I got home and I was thinking and trying to put ideas together. Then I found someone who was willing to teach me how to sew and I learnt how to sew within a month! I bought my first sewing machine and started learning how to sew. It wasn’t easy at first and I almost gave up so many times but thankfully I “finally got it” on day 30. Then I started making clothes for my daughter, who is my first model. I have lots of her pictures twinning with me on my instagram page @chasiseverything. I learnt to be resilient, persistent and to never give up on my dreams. I could have chosen the easy way out, which is to give up, but I didn’t.
We also plan to give back to the society by sponsoring the girl child education and continue to break gender stereotypes. Lots of girls in rural Africa need to be empowered to reach their full potentials and we want to make significant impact in within the next 5 years. For every piece of garment we sell, we plan to give a portion of our proceeds to support the girl child education. I am also a youtube coach. I help people start their youtube channel from zero and get monetized in 6 months.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco. The Aquarium, San Monterey.
The Golden Gate Bridge
Half Moon Bay
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would credit this to my wonderful husband, Saheed Adepoju. He’s been my rock all along the journey to success.