IN a country saddled with harrowing economic woes and liquidity challenges, Lady Ceekay — a local fashion designer — is keeping afloat.
Cecilia Kwashira (32) studied cutting and designing at Kudanana Technical College in Mutare in 2002.
She moved to Harare and started her business in 2005 at her backyard, serving a small niche of clients from her neighbourhood.
In 2008, Lady Ceekay, as she is now affectionately known by her legion of clients, after getting appreciation from her customers an element of growing her business entered her mind.
She feels she has the aptitude to deliver her service to a better and bigger clientele consisting of businesspeople and the working class in Harare.
“I can’t complain. My things are flourishing despite the harsh economic situation prevailing in the country. Clients are coming. I design for business people and company executives. My work keeps progressing because people appreciate my talent,” she said.
Besides having gone through the learning processes of cutting and designing, she feels art runs in her family.
“My mother knew that I had the talent in me and encouraged me to do it. I later realised that I inherited it from my family. My mother’s family is into fashion and design, so at the end I am not a designer by profession, but by talent,” she said.