— The Face behind the brand
“From as early as I can remember, art seemed to be a significant part of my life. I loved art and any semblance of it. Drawing and painting landscapes and still life was my go to haven. More so, I loved how it uplifted my spirit and gave me so much life every time I picked up that paint brush, colour or pencil. I loved the crafts as well, creating something out of nothing, and having people around me exclaim in awe at what I had done.
My love for art later on evolved into fashion after being inspired by my Indian friend in high-school, who used to sketch saris during her spare time. Quite mesmerized by her work, I decided to try my hand in that sort of art, and so began to fall in love with playing around with ideas of clothing concepts in my mind and later presenting them in a beautiful sketch. Suffice it to say my figure sketches weren’t the best, but soon after finishing high-school, I trained myself on how to draw fashion figures courtesy of the internet, and as they say, the rest is history.
Though I consider myself a ball or art, through my various expressions of it i.e. singing, writing, and photography; I choose to primarily express my love of art through fashion. Fashion is my canvas; dancing on the delicate balance of aesthetics, functionality, and creativity to create walking pieces of art that inspires awe, oozes confidence and celebrates uniqueness in every individual I get to serve with this gift.”
Valerie Mwango is the Founder and current Creative Director of House of Tafari, with a back ground in International Business Administration from USIU-A, and national Diploma in Fashion Design from Mcensal School of Fashion