Ish Namibia marks seventh anniversary with ‘Minimalist’ – The Namibian
FAST-GROWING local fashion brand Ish Namibia, owned by emerging fashion designer, model, and make-up artist Julia Kandjimbi, celebrates seven years in the fashion industry today with a new and exclusive masterpiece collection.
Kandjimbi, a former Miss Namibia contestant, says she has not only grown into a great designer, but she has also had the opportunity to experience every client who has ever visited her work studio.
According to her, to celebrate this milestone in the fashion industry, she decided to launch and unveil her 2023 seven and ready-to-wear women’s exclusive garments, under the theme.
She asserts that the seven pieces are named after seven incredible and beautiful women who inspired her to be the best throughout her career.
Kandjimbi chose the specific theme, ‘Minimalist’, because the style of the garments is perfect for all, making it simple to curate a style that looks chic and put together without trying too hard.
“All the designs are unique pieces made for each lady, based on what they like and feature my creativity brought to life.
“One thing I’ve learnt over the years is that in the creative industry you have to be consistent, take honest criticism and be patient,” Kandjimbi says.
She adds that her new collection offers a combination of quality and style that no other designer can match.
“However, because we are all unique and inspired in different ways, each designer’s work stands out… And, without a doubt, all of my work is now a part of my identity,” Kandjimbi says.
Although she admits that she struggled to put things together at first, her design inspiration can often seem elusive and out of reach when needed the most.
“Unfortunately, when you’re feeling uninspired or frustrated, you often can’t call it a day, but rather take time out to reset and do something out of your comfort zone to get you back on track.”
Kandjimbi founded Ish Namibia after graduating from the College of the Arts (Cota) in 2017.
Ish Namibia gave birth to Ish Designs, which offers Namibians glamorous ready-to-wear garments.
Last year, Kandjimbi collaborated with Mercedes Benz to launch the ‘A Fit by Ish’ collection, which included sportswear and a few high-end garments.
She also collaborated with Namib Mills’ Top Score, creating garments out of Top Score bags that were unveiled at Kasi Vibe, which was held at Sam Nujoma Stadium in Katutura, Windhoek.
“One thing about being creative is that it never runs out. The more you use, the more there is. I’ve had the most fun creating looks, but nothing beats seeing how my work makes my clients feel,” says Kandjimbi.
This year, she intends to seize every opportunity that comes her way, to be the best version of herself, and to give back to society.