WHO IS NIMI?
I have been designing my world since I was a child in Uganda. During the infamous expulsions my parents moved us to Canada where I still reside. As an adult, my visual world remains rooted in the influences of my childhood in the sub-continent. My heart, (and my hotelier husband), took me back to Africa in 2009: this time to Kenya.
In my five years there I created a line of bespoke clothing and jewelry inspired by the vivid colour and patterns of Africa. At the same time I worked as a buyer for luxury hotel shops in Nairobi, Mount Kenya and Masai Mara. This job took me on a quest through the souks of Ethiopia, Rwanda and Morocco to name a few, where I searched out exotic items coveted by our European and North American visitors.
These experiences inspired my foray into scarves. The designs echo the colours and motifs engraved in my mind…. I have devoted my energies to finding the most beautiful silk available and entrusted production to Italy’s premier artisans, hand rolled and packaged beautifully. I am thrilled to present my debut collection comprising original designs informed by my past in Africa and my present in cosmopolitan Montréal.
Can you depict your collection in one sentence?
A marriage between my past in Africa and present in cosmopolitan Montréal.
What inspired you to venture into partnerships with various charities?
My 20-year career in the not-for-profit sector gave me a deeper understanding of the large variety of issues and challenged people face. I feel blessed to be born in to the family I am, to have received the education I did, to have been received with open arms in Canada. These are not opportunities that are given to all and can never be taken for granted. Working with charities like Heart and Stroke and Friends of Unicef was a natural next step in my latest endeavor.