Startup Grind hosts Ann McCreath (KikoRomeo)

Feb 17, 2015, 3:00 – 6:00 PM

iHub, 4th floor, Bishop Magua Centre, Ngong Rd, Nairobi, 00100

Ann has won many awards for her work in fashion, she was listed in the “Top 100 Women Influencing Africa” by Arise Magazine. She is Chair of FAFA (Festival of African Fashion & Arts), which she co-founded in 2008 to produce “Fashion for Peace”, and is currently the Kenya Coordinator for Fashion Revolution Day.

In-person event

About this event

After completing fashion design studies in Rome, followed by years working as a designer in Barcelona, Scottish born Ann McCreath took a three-month break doing aid work in Kenya. Finding it fascinating, she stayed on for 3 years, before deciding to go back to her profession and do trade instead of aid.

So in 1996 with a desire to help create jobs in rural areas and make unique, high quality products for retail Ann launched her own fashion house under the name “KikoRomeo”, which means “Adam’s Apple” in Kiswahili.. Hoping Kenyans would take pride in African-inspired contemporary fashion, and promote their economy through buying locally made fashion, she set about making ethically sound products with inputs from community artisans and women’s groups, which she retailed through her own garage shop. Now 18 years on KikoRomeo is a household name. Located in the up market Yaya shopping centre of Nairobi, the shop also acts as a venue for #FashionFocus mentoring sessions for young creatives, which she runs free of charge every week. KikoRomeo is the fashion leader in Kenya, having dressed Kenya’s A list and international clients for nearly two decades.

Ann has won many awards for her work in fashion and peace building, and was listed in the “Top 100 Women Influencing Africa” by Arise Magazine Read the Arise article , as well as being a finalist in the Ethical Fashion Forum Source Awards 2012 for “Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Fashion”. She is Chair of FAFA (Festival of African Fashion & Arts), which she co-founded in 2008 to produce “Fashion for Peace”, and is currently the Kenya Coordinator for Fashion Revolution Day.

 

Check out what happened

Speaker

  • Ann McCreath

    KikoRomeo

When

When

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM UTC

Agenda

Networking and Food
Fireside Chat
Networking

Organizers

  • James Okoth

    Chapter Director

  • Shirley Kandabu

    Team Member

  • Sakina Hussein

    Healthy Basket

    Team member

  • Bernice Namulekhwa

    Offtherocks

    Team Member

  • Okado Nabwire

    Team member

  • Kimberly Anindo

    Team member

  • Salma Ibra

    Business Week Afrika

    Team member

  • Wangeci Kaingi

    Team Member

  • Kieran Ndege

    team member

About Startup Grind

This is Startup Grind. We are the world’s largest startup community.

Our Mission

To give startups everywhere the education and opportunities they need to build, grow, and scale their companies.

Our Values

We believe in making friends, not contacts. We believe in giving first, not taking. We believe in helping others before helping yourself.

Tools & Discounts for Startups

Take advantage of resources and offers provided by organizations we know and love, designed to help you navigate the startup journey.

Global Conference

Our annual flagship event in Silicon Valley brings together thousands of startup teams, investors and organizations from all over the world.

Join the Startup Membership

This membership gives you free access to networking, events, mentorship, office hours, and other exclusive opportunities curated by Startup Grind HQ.