Embody Accessories’ designs are wearable, quirky and original. Evlyn who designs for Embody, creates piece that embody her preferred style. She states, “many of my designs are pieces I would wear – simple, fun but with a quirky twist. This quirkiness is evident in her designs were she mixes opposing shapes and textures, old with new, ethnic with western, the usual with the unusual and organic with man-made.
All of Embody’s designs are handmade and most of the input materials such as scrap metal to cast the recycled brass / aluminum accessories are locally sourced. This creates employment opportunities within Kenya. This design house further impacts the wider Kenyan economy by subcontracting many of its manufacturing processes to the informal sector, locally known as the ‘Jua Kali’ sector.
Semi-precious stones mined in Kenya, recycled glass beads, horn and leather are also incorporated into many of Embody’s designs.
I asked Evlyn to share what inspired her to get into fashion and accessories and what words of wisdom she could share with other aspiring entrepreneurs:
“Though professionally I have always worked in the construction / manufacturing industries, my creative side was always demanding release, so for many years I sang in a functions band during my free time. This need to have a creative outlet then morphed into designing jewelry when I relocated. Basically my consistent liking fir things that are not necessarily too far out but have a unique quirk about them birthed Embody. I felt that I could design wearable pieces that brought out this ‘unique quirkiness’.
I do not know about wisdom but factors that have helped me grow Embody Accessories are:-
1. Networks. Join trade associations and such like. 1 / 2 is plenty. The wealth of information that you can obtain is priceless…such as market trends, inexpensive marketing platforms, news of possible clients, financing, training etc. Please also note, it is also possible for competitors to form part of your network. It just depends on what it is you are out to achieve.
2. Do what you love. It keeps you driven even when things are not going so well and motivating yourself becomes harder. If it’s something you have a strong passion for you will work creatively and hard to make it a success.”