A Little Kenyan Inspiration goes all the way
Posted on November 13, 2013
So a while back I was doing my usual rounds on the world wide web and came across miss Anna Taylor. Her captivating story made me stop for a while and I took some time to savor the inspiration generated deep within my soul. After several clicks and skimming through her social sites, I’m left inspired even more. That this gorgeous lady all the way from US who first moved to Kenya in 2007 with her parents would some years later be showcasing her collection at the New York Fashion Week! The best part of this story is that her remarkable journey to launch her fashion company, Judith and James was Kenyan-Inspired, if her collection of kenyan prints is anything to go by. Anna was a former student at Rossyln Academy, an international Christian school located in Nairobi, Kenya, founded as the Hilltop School by American Mennonite missionaries in 1946. Rosslyn Academy inspires and equips each student to develop their God-given gifts for Christ-like service in the world community. And Anna seems to have taken this mission quite seriously. See, while still in Kenya, Anna spent several years in the Nairobi slums helping widows and orphans. In 2010, a Kenyan leader in the slums introduced Anna to a skilled unemployed seamstress, Judith. Anna designed custom pieces and hired Judith to sew these designs for friends and family in the United States. Each piece produced sold quickly at a competitive retail price.Anna developed an understanding of the Nairobi slum culture and established relationships with local suppliers and industry experts. In 2011, Anna interned in product line design with Amani ya Juu, an international sewing empowerment business for refugee women in East Africa. In 2012, Anna showcased twenty of her pieces in Northwest Arkansas Fashion Week. Her collection debut was a resounding success and demand for Judith & James clothing rapidly increased. This is why it was no surprise that she rose all the way to book a spot at the New York Fashion week this September where Anna debuted the Judith & James Spring/Summer 2014 collection. It was after completing her degree in Apparel Studies at the University of Arkansas that Anna launched Judith & James to market high fashion produced in the Nairobi slums to the global audience. Through Judith and James, Anna’s vision is to use her creative abilities and experience in the fashion industry to eradicate poverty among women in Nairobi, Kenya. And with the strides she has already made, she is at a greater position of influence in doing whatever she can to make a difference, both here in Kenya and back at home in the US. See, a little Kenyan inspiration does go all the way. As I ponder on how I can make the world a better place myself just like Anna has so well done, I cant help but consider how proud I am to be Kenyan. I’ll sign off on this note. Never dismiss the ideas that float in that awesome mind of yours. You never know what might just happen if you decide to act them out! Cheers! Judith and Anna Taylor
Judith & James: the marriage of cultural sophistication and social awareness.
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