Banke Kuku is a Nigerian-born fashion entrepreneur and the CEO/Creative Director of Banke Kuku Textiles, a hub of bespoke woven and printed fabrics for the fashion and interior industry.
The queen of colours, as she is popular called, showed her interest in fabrics at the tender age of 5 when her mum taught her how to knit. Her zeal and dedication has subsequently rated her as one of Africa’s best inspiring female entrepreneur.
Kuku studied fine arts and has a Foundation Art and Design Diploma from Central Saint Martins, a public tertiary art school in London affiliated with the University of the Arts. Then she headed to Chelsea College of Art & Design to study textile design.
She has worked with top brands like Lot 78, Jewel by Lisa, Jasmine Di and DuroOlowu but more interestingly, she worked on the side creating her own designs at the same time.
Who says you can’t have a side hustle with a 9 -5 job? Real queens are go getters!
She has this to say to young people inspiring to venture into farbric business “The textiles industry is extremely tough, so keep going and never stop. Good work takes a long time, so be patient. Finally don’t compare yourself to others.”
Banke Kuku’s designs can be found in major retail shops and on the catwalks of London or New York fashion events.
Banke Kuku is our Woman Crush for this week.
PS: You can check her out on Instagram @bankekukutextiles or visit http://www.bankekuku.com
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