Abum...I Am 03.22.19 (Spring/Summer 19)

February 8, 2019

"Abum" from the Igbo language means "I am". 

The inspiration behind the name of the collection is quite straight forward. It's my first collection designed by me, and I have spent all my life preparing myself for this moment without even knowing it. In my tween and teenage years, I would sketch designs and make outfits all the time. When I turned 19, I created my first eCommerce store releasing two collections of handpicked goods which sold out. I clearly remember thinking in my head "this is like a play store for what my real store will be like." Now at age 24, I realize that this is what I have wanted to do all my life. 

 

Many times I overlooked the idea of being a designer for many reasons. One, I AM NIGERIAN. I never came across any Nigerian Designers; plus as a kid, I had already committed to going to Medical School. My search for creating a new life came to me when I hit rock bottom emotionally and mentally. I was overwhelmed, depressed, and basically lost all sense of spirit and soul. In other words, I was a robot, physically present, functioning, but numb without feelings. 

 

On November 22nd, 2016, I was praying to my grandma who died on that day in 2006. I was praying she was in a better place. I became very emotional and I heard a voice telling me to design something. I thought I was being delusional so I ignored it. Six months later, a random pastor told me the same thing. A year later, a lady who passed by me who happened to be spiritual blurted out similar words. At this point, it had been confirmed three or more times. 

 

Being quite stubborn, I did not do it. I made every excuse in the book as to why it would not happen. "I work all the time, I am a student, I travel for work all the time. There just isn't enough time in the day." I mean you name it. Every single thing, even if it was spa day was reason enough I did not have time to design or create anything. Then the dreams began. I would have dreams back to back about producing fashion shows, receiving money for my fashion, waking up to 100+ orders a day. Then this one dream in particular was the dream that made me feel I was not alone. In this dream, an Igbo elder said a prayer at the beginning of my fashion show in the Igbo language. Mind you, I do not speak igbo fluently, but I do understand most dialects, and I am able to speak "Engili-Igbo" (a mixture of igbo with a significant amount of English words). 

 

After many confirmations, I realized that nothing ever made me happier than designing or creating things. Noting this hobby of mine had a business potential, I came up with a business plan. I began employing all the help I needed to bring my vision into fruition. As the Designer, Creative Director, and CEO, I took on many hats to get things done. When I began my journey as a Fashion Designer, I somehow became happier, more confident, and I would actually be emotional connected and present in my day to day life. It was like something in my spirit came alive. How could I not devote myself to such Energy? 

 

With the guidance of my ancestors and my Creator, within such a short time, this venture became way more successful than I had ever expected.

 

 

So here I am, 24, and continuously seeking wisdom at every turn.

Here I am, woman in God form.

Here I am, Her.

Here I am, aligned with the Source.

Divinity, elegance, and pure brilliance.

Here I am, Ala Herself. 

Here I am, Abum Abum.

 

Abum...I Am Spring Summer 2019, this 20 piece collection will be here March 22nd, 2019. 

 

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