Name: Portia Muumbe

Label name: Kesina Designs

When did you learn how to sew?
I learnt how to sew when I was about 13 years old. It was at Moleli High School and all I remember is manual machines, which we used to share, one machine for every five people. We had no over lockers and had to fit in buttons by hand. Thing is although it sounds hard, I truly enjoyed myself and ended up doing Fashion Fabrics till I finished high school.

What is behind the name Kesina designs?
That name is very special to me; it is my mother’s name. I lost my mother at a young age and the little amount of time I had with her is very dear me. She has always been my rock even though she is not here the thought of her gives me strength. This is my way of thanking her for taking care of me for the amount of time that she did.

What else inspires you as a designer?
Culture and religion have a strong impact on my designs. I am African and the way we were raised is that you have to respect yourself. The same lesson is echoed at church. In my designs I try to stay true to that by respecting my body and taking into consideration what is exposed and what is not.

What is your style?
I like to appreciate the body that God gave me and I show it off in a decent way. I like to balance sexiness and decency.