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Meet Idrine Bishweka

Today we’d like to introduce you to Idrine Bishweka.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My journey all began when I decided to pursue fashion design at Columbia College Chicago. I had a bachelors degree in Finance prior to attending Columbia, however I knew that fashion was the route for me and took the bold step of leaving home to come to the United States to fulfill that dream. After graduation, I started working on opening my business. I did a lot of research and met with faculty from my school to find resources that will enable me to take my business “off the ground.”

Since my first collection, I have learnt so much with production, marketing, budgeting, everything that can help make or break a business and I am proud to say it was been a beneficial experience so far.

Has it been a smooth road?
The experience has been a fulfilling one, I really did not know what to expect when starting my business. It wasn’t exactly smooth but nothing in life is. I had to learn fast and majority of the time it was a time-consuming process. In spite of that I connected with great people in the fashion industry and as a result have an industrious team that never fail to put help put my vision into reality.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Idrine Bishweka – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Idrine Bishweka is a fashion design company that currently focuses on locally producing and designing quality versatile and fashionable, jackets, dresses, pants and scarves for women. our inspiration is drawn from different cultural sense of beauty around the world by combining ethical African and western fabrics and style bringing an innovative and a global way of looking at fashion in the twenty first century. Our designs, are made from flattering luxurious fabrics, grace the female form and take women from workplace to play.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Chicago’s diversity is one of the many things I have come to love about this city. I am able to feel the cultural representation through food, and neighborhoods in the city, and constantly drawing inspiration from my own cultural background allows me to appreciate the representation of other cultures within the city.

Unfortunately, being a city with such great influences from culture, It is quite disappointing to see that fashion is not hugely showcased as far as events go. I love the idea of being able to have platforms that helps bring attention to the talents in the city.

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