Martha Jabo – Born and raised in Kampala, Uganda, I have always been influenced by mother in the field of fashion, right from a tender age. As a result of her influence on me in this regard, I developed a strong love for fashion, fabric and garment construction.
Before graduating from Makerere University in January 2012, where I pursued a Bachelor‘s degree in Industrial and Fine Art, majoring in Fashion design, I debuted my first collection at the Afrikan Walk Fashion Awards that were held in Kampala in December 2011.
I have also talked about the Fashion industry in Uganda through the media, covering the challenges young designers face and my zeal to promote the industry.
The Martha Jabo Fashion Label was founded in 2012, and between that time and now, I have had the privilege of designing a substantial range of clothing while engaging/participating in several fashion shows, both local and international.
Solome Katongole-is a Ugandan born fashion designer with an American culture influenced up bringing. Solome is a Biologist by training; her past endeavors have included obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Biology and working for a pharmaceutical company, Cephalon. This experience culminated to her striving for a greater challenge and a change in passion of becoming a Fashion Designer.
In early 2008 she acquired an internship in London with Yemi Osunkoya of the Kosibah label for 5 months. Upon her return to the U.S she attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles to further her knowledge and education in fashion. She graduated with a degree in Fashion Design in 2009.
Her talents continued to blossom and grew to the creation of her own self-name label. Her label specializes in ready to wear, and customized women’s clothing. Solome’s mission is to create and make high quality garments using unique and exquisite fabrics. She merges traditional and western styles to create modernized garments.
Her main source for inspiration is color, nature and the 50s genre. With the success of the label she has begun to transform the canvas of fashion. Participating in major fashion shows including Africa Fashion Week New York 2010, Boston Fashion Week 2010, Fashion Expose, Mercedes Benz of Buffalo Fashion Week 2011, Hub of Africa Fashion Week 2012, and Ankara Fest Los Angeles 2013.
All photos by Guilio Molfese
The Uganda Diaspora Network is a forum aimed at bringing together Ugandans who live and work abroad by celebrating their contributions overseas and also encouraging them to give of their time, talents, ideas and expertise whilst inspiring the next generation of Ugandan leaders.
Every year the Ugandan Diaspora Network will organize an annual Social Networking Gala and will also produce a quarterly publication highlighting the successes of the various Ugandans residing overseas. Please send us those inspirational stories and philanthropic work involving Ugandans abroad. We shall share these stories using this platform that is rapidly growing and expanding. The Next Diaspora Social Networking Gala will be Held on 30th December 2016 at The Kampala Serena Hotel.
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