Exclusive Interview with Igbobi Ifunanya, Award winning Fashion Designer
Our correspondent recently had an exclusive interview with the CEO of Weckx Design, Igbobi Ifunanya.
The fast rising fashion designer revealed her secret and challenges she passed through setting up the brand that has gotten wide recognition within and across the country.. Excerpts
Can we meet you?
**Ify lgbobi**: My name is ifunanya Emmanuella IGBOBI. Am a young business enterprenuer and the Ceo of weckx ddesign_intl , and as well am an ambassador for pan africa and numatvile project
Beyond the fabulousity and amazing outfits, how challenging is it to run a fashion business, especially one that has its roots in Nigeria?
**Ify Igbobi**: It has not been easy but with a lot of hard work and focus , the journey has been very less stressful and quite profitable.
How do you feel when you see people wear your designs?
**Ify Agbobi**: it gives me the outmost feeling of fulfillment because all I see is happiness filled in their faces, and my efforts paid off because I do this for my clients and I want them to feel happy, confident and beautiful when rocking my designs.
The fashion industry is known to be notoriously fickle and populated with shallow people. Knowing you personally, I know you're not, but how do you maintain balance and stay true to yourself?
**Ify Igbobi**: One of my principles is that i've no need to compare myself to anyone, I always believe in my potentials and I stay completely true to myself, I trust my instincts and being myself always creates the best balance in my academics.
Do you do female clothing only or you do both male and female?
**Ify Igbobi**: For now, I only make female cloths, maybe in a few months to come weckx design_intl could offer much more for both genders.
At the moment, who would you say is your number one fashion inspiration?
**Ify Igbobi**: My no one fashion inspiration is through Balmain.
Did you feel any fear or hesitancy when you first started out?
**Ify Agbobi**: Yeah! I did but I conquered those fears, I had total trust on my instinct. And I worked hard to get where I am.
How were you able to raise initial capital to fund your business?
**Ify Igbobi**: My parents and folks were there for me, they created a good amount of capital for me.
Were there moments when you felt like throwing in the towel and how did you come out of those periods?
**Ify Igbobi**: Nothing good in life comes easily.. There's always a tough time in life but you don't get a solution without knowing the problem, I tend to start from the root, it's the easiest way to find comfort in myself.
With celebs and stylistas introducing new trends, what's your favorite style trend?
**Ify Igbobi**: Jumpsuits! For now that is my major style trend, it would surprise You how well a pair of a nice Ankara fabric can turn out well when u make a three quarter jumpsuit out of it.
Heels? or Flats?
**Ify Igbobi**: Heels! That's My favorite, always on heels and Snickers.
Favourite TV show?
**Ify Igbobi**: Awwh! My favorite Tv show... that should be Jara.
Celebrity style crush?
**Ify Igbobi**: My celebrity style crush is Beyonce Knowles.
Let's go a little bit deeper. You look so pretty, so tell me, who is in Ify's heart at the moment?
**Ify Igbobi**: That's confidential, you will all get to know about it at the right time.
Recently you've been receiving awards from various brands,how do you feel with such recognition?
**Ify Igbobi**: I feel so happy and recognized, because all my hardwork is paying off.I want to be such a good impact in the society and the world at large.
All these awards makes me feel appreciated and honoured.
What are your expansion plans?
**Ify Igbobi** Am working on taking weckx design_intl to 15 states in the country and at least 5 to 10 countries next year, am working on that and my prayer is that GOD will continue to grant my efforts great success.
Last words for young, burgeoning female fashion entrepreneurs?
**Ify Igbobi**My advice to You all Is to cling unto GOD, trust your instinct, Focus and expect the very best
Thank you for your time
**Ify Igbobi** The pleasure is mine.
Checkout some of her designs rocked by her Clients