We had the good fortune of connecting with Nnenna Walters and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nnenna, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Before I got into clothing design, I had never sewn anything in my life, but I was very much into fashion, especially Nigerian-inspired fashion. One day I was having a conversation with my friend who was making waist beads at the time, and I brought up sewing as a joke, then a couple of days later, the more I thought about it, the more I was actually into the idea. Later that week, I had told my mom about my vision, and she gave fabric that she had lying around in the house for me to make a skirt for church that Sunday. I was super excited about my skirt, so my mom and I went shopping for a top for me to wear with the skirt. That Saturday night, I was combing through multiple YouTube videos on how to make a skirt since I did not have a machine at the time, I had to sew the skirt by hand, feeling very accomplished about my skirt, my next outfit was a 2-piece that I also made by hand. It wasn’t until I was halfway through my third outfit that my mom realized how serious I was about becoming a designer that she decided to get me a sewing machine. When I first started sewing, the idea was always to expand and turn it into a business. Still, for a couple of years after I started, I did not sew for anybody other than myself due to the lack of funds and the main fact that I was still learning, and I did not want to ruin anybody’s clothes. In 2019, three years after I sewed my first outfit, I decided to take my business more seriously by advertising myself more to people. I got my first job later that year, which allowed me to buy supplies that I needed; since then, I’ve just been trying to grow my business, testing different designs, going out to fashion shows; it has been a great experience so far. I can’t wait to see what the world has in store for me.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Since I was born in Nigeria, my clothes have been a way for me to carry a piece of my culture with me. Almost all my designs incorporate the traditional African prints and mix them with modern-day fashion, so it is something that everyone would want to wear and feel proud of. There are a lot of African designers out there, but I have not seen many in the Atlanta area that makes African Print inspired clothing, and I want to be that person for my community. Given that I am a timid person, it was not easy to get my business to where it is now because I do not network as much as I should, but with the help of my family and friends, like the one who was able to get me this interview, I was able to connect and meet new people that showed interest in my work. I don’t want only to be known for my designs; I want to make my mark on the world; I want to shine a light on my country and let people know that there is still a lot of good that can be done there and that there is still hope for the citizens there.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m a timid person, so generally, I do not go out that much, but when I do, I like to have a nice time and keep things pretty chill. My friends and I like to do some activities, so we’ll typically have an activity planned for each day; some of my favorite spots are; Fun Spot America Amusement Park (As a lot of activities such as go-kart racing or mini-golf), Main Event (Play some arcade games, laser tag, and blowing), Skyview (a big Ferris Wheel that allows you to see the view of the city) Atlanta Botanical Garden (Makes for some really great pictures especially during Christmas time) or All Fired Up (You can create your own pottery or paint an already made pottery). Since I don’t really go out much on the regular, my favorite place to look for new things to try is Groupon; they have amazing deals and give you an insight on things you’ve never thought about doing before, for example, my boyfriend and I found a dance class through Groupon, and It was a fun experience. Typically at night time, we would make a plan for dinner; some of my favorite spots so far have been; 10 degrees South, Cuts Steakhouse, Nan Thai Fine Dining, and YardHouse (for a more chill dinner), one thing that my friends and I have to do during the weekend is going to brunch some of the best brunch places I’ve been to are; The Hive Buckhead, Toast on Lenox, Breakfast at Barney’s, and First Watch. That’s typically how I would spend my weekend with my friends.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Before I got into clothing design, I had never sewn anything in my life, but I would not be where I am today without my mother, from her buying me my first sewing machine to helping me to manage my stress when I take on a big project that may become too overwhelming for me. My mom is always there to try and help me find solutions to things that I may have been too stressed to consider; she’s an essential factor in my success. I want to thank my friends and family members, Aji, Tope, Seeta, Stephen, Olamide, and Tobi; they are always there to push and motivate me when I need them; I love you all so much. Last but not least, I want to shout out to everyone that has supported my business so far, whether reposting or making a purchase, it all means so much to me, and you all mean so much to me.

Website: nnexnne.com

Instagram: nne_x_nne

Other: tiktok: nne_x_nne email: nnexnne1@gmail.com

Image Credits
Tosin Fashina Calvin Maurice John Fashina

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