Every month our Online Stalls showcase the very best creative sellers. This months theme is “The Power Of Love”, we have 18 talented creatives on show. Be sure to go and peruse the Stalls to find that perfect gift!
How did it all begin?
After I graduated I worked for a season in Alexander McQueen menswear, interning for the print designer. I spent a lot of my time drawing intricate designs that made it into the final collections, I worked heavily on this amazing scarf and decided fashion print was what I wanted to do. After I finished there I worked freelance for a while, before designing my first scarf, and eventually starting up NKOYO in June 2011.
What are your all time favourite product you have produced?
I don’t have that many products, as they are super intricate and take a while to produce, and I haven’t been going for that long, but my favourite is the Precious stones classic scarf. The drawing is really intricate and was the most challenging to design. It was the most satisfying to finish, and is the most popular so far.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
For me whenever a stranger spends their hard earned money and buys one of my scarves and wants to wear it in their own style, and co-ordinate it with their own wardrobe its feels like the most amazing achievement.
What’s your best-kept secret?
The best charity shop five minutes away from my house, it’s untouched by the trendies so far. I’ve found amazing gems to get inspiration from, including a silk Balmain scarf I got for 50p it massively inspired me to start NKOYO.
What is your dreams/plan for the future?
I’d love to expand into clothing, I’d like to learn how to make my own clothes, so I can put my prints onto dresses- drape them top to toe. I’d like to experiment with print on home wear, and maybe have my own shop one day.
Do you have any top tips to help other creative sellers?
To believe in your product, make something that your proud of as opposed to trends, and what’s popular at that moment. Also patience. I think that’s so essential. It takes time to make your mark.
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