A talented fashion designer making a name for herself in the Namibian fashion industry Ndapandula Kashanu. With trendy and fashion forward pieces, Ndapcee is definitely a brand to look out for. Read below to learn more about her obstacles, challenges and future goals.
Q: What is the name of your business and what does it entail?
A: Ndapcee. That’s the name of my brand/business. Ndapcee is an upscale women’s clothing brand that sells sophisticated and high fashion ready-to-wear clothing, such as smart casual, contemporary/street and evening wear. The Ndapcee customer is a young sophisticated woman who lives a regular lifestyle but likes to look good and that is very experimental with her style.
Q: What motivated you to start your company?
A: I have always wanted to be a fashion designer for as long as I can remember but it all really started in 2015 when I presented my 2 graduate collections at the National Art Gallery of Namibia. A lot of people loved my work. The feedback I got was amazing; I also got offers from a few Namibian fashion businesses. That’s when I realised that there is indeed a market for fashion designers in Namibia and people are willing to pay for good quality locally produced garments.
Q: What challenges did you face when starting up this business?
A: One of the major challenges is the availability of fabric. We don’t have a lot of options when it comes to fabrics in Namibia. It is very difficult to get hold of good, affordable, and unique fabric. This is why you see so many designers using the same fabrics. It’s not lack of imagination, it’s because that’s all they can find. Sometimes I try to create my own textiles but that comes with its own set of challenges.
Secondly, Funds. Fashion is a business where you need money at every stage in order to make quality designs, to market and promote it.
Q: Final words of motivation for people looking to start a business:
A: You have to be focused on what you are hoping to achieve and be very dedicated. Whatever you focus on at any given point be it your design ideas or your business give it 100%. And most importantly, you have to believe in yourself.