We recently chatted with Ifunanya Igbobi, owner and creative director of rising Nigerian female wear brand Weckx Design. Ifunanya is a seasoned fashion editor/stylist turned designer whose works of fashion imagery have graced the covers of editorials such as Four Wall Magazine and RedSheet Magazine.Her vision for the brand goes beyond finely tailored suits as she seeks to “redefine Africa’s sartorial identity.”
Queen Sandra,Miss little face tourism.
In this interview, we discuss her foray into the world of fashion, the challenges she faces as a female wear designer and the future of the Weckx Design brand.
Mr Fancy:Hi Ify, tell us a bit about yourself.
CEO of Weckx design _intlMy name is ifunanya Emmanuella lgbobi, I hail from Anambra state,Ihiala local government.Am presently a student of unilag studying sociology,a model, a two time ex-beauty queen,pan african ambassador, the Ceo of weckx design_intl, a business Consultant and a Social worker and as well a multiple award winner.
Mr Fancy:How did you get into fashion ?
CEO of Weckx design _intl:I think its natural, I love fashion and creativity alot, I love simple dresses but at the same time unique, fashion runs deep in my blood, I guess that’s why I contested for a pageant,I Won and was crowned Queen miss fashion nigeria 2014
Mr Fancy: How did u come to start your own fashion line ?
CEO of Weckx design _intl I unveiled my brand on 15th of october 2015. First all I used this medium to enpower the female genders in the society, I gave out 25 dresses from my brand to the less privilege at special correctional centre for senior girls idi raba a week after my designs were unveiled, I saw how eager they were to learn and the zeal they had for greatness,it gave me more sense of purpose. My life is all about fashion and style so Weckx design_intl was built on that.
Mr Fancy: Tell us about your most recent collection?
CEO of Weckx design _intl:Aww!!!That should be a surprise, but I will give you a hint on it. Weckx design_intl is all about defining african beauty, we make feminine dresses that would suit your skin as well your body figure but we have collections of shoes and handbags.I guess with this little hint you can figure it out yourself #Smiles#
Mr Fancy: How would
you define your design aesthetic?
CEO of Weckx design _intl::I love Coral beads a lot, Dinner wear dresses are the basic of my designs and almost all of my dresses comes with beads.Casual dress,Bum shots, shoes and handbags.
Mr Fancy: Where do you go for inspiration?
CEO of Weckx design _intl:I love going to the pool, a private and quite place, it gives me this sense of joy and purpose as well hanging out with my colleagues and loved ones encouragess me a lot . Most times am always busy either with school or a business meeting.
Mr Fancy: How would you describe your fashion style ?
CEO of Weckx design _intl: simple and classic.
Mr Fancy : What has been your greatest challenge(s) as a fashion designer ?
CEO of Weckx design _intl:it would be the recent inflation of goods and commodity in the country today, the change of stock market and Dollar change. And as well dealing with un trust worthy people.
Mr Fancy:So where do you see yourself in the next five years?
CEO of Weckx design _intl:Five years is a long time,two years should be okay for me by GOD infinite grace, I see Weckx design_intl going global.
Am working on a project which will involve the likes of ex lagos state governor and prime minister Honourable,SAN Babatunde Raji fashola, a fashion icon known as Modella,CEO’s and Managers of different Organisations and a few other personnel I won’t mention their names for now. And as well Models and Beauty queens of different pageants by GOD’s grace I see this project surfacing this year or Next
You can follow me up on socialmedia.
Facebook: IFUNANYA IGBOBI
InstagramWeckx design_intl and Twitter:Weckx design_intl.
My special appreciation to GOD almighty,My parents, My aunties and Uncles,My siblings, My loved Ones and friends for the support so far,I remain ever grateful.
On the runway at Maryland Tv/fashion show.
W.D Rocked by Queen Daniela,Winner Face of Petite Pageant 2015.
Queen Dolapo,Miss little Face photogenic.
All beauty queen and W.D ambassadors.
Queen Ebube Asiegbu,Miss integrity Enugu and a world health ambassador.