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From Lagos To New York: Kene Rapu Takes The World Stage

Kene Rapu is a Nigerian entrepreneur and fashion designer who has taken the world by storm with her innovative designs.

Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Kene’s journey to the top of the fashion industry has been nothing short of remarkable.

Kene Rapu’s passion for fashion began at a young age when she would often watch her mother sew clothes for their family. She was fascinated by the way fabrics could be transformed into beautiful garments, and she knew from an early age that she wanted to pursue a career in fashion.

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After completing her undergraduate studies in the United Kingdom and a Masters degree in Fashion Entrepreneurship, Kene returned to Nigeria and launched her eponymous footwear brand, Kene Rapu. Her brand’s signature product, the “Slipper,” is a colorful and stylish flip-flop that is made from locally sourced materials. The Slippers quickly became a hit in Nigeria, and Kene’s brand gained a reputation for creating high-quality, fashionable footwear that celebrated Nigerian culture.

Kene’s success in Nigeria did not go unnoticed, and soon she was receiving invitations to showcase her designs on international stages. In 2017, she was invited to showcase her designs at New York Fashion Week, one of the most prestigious fashion events in the world. Her debut collection, which featured bold prints and vibrant colors, was a hit with audiences, and Kene’s brand received critical acclaim.

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Since then, Kene has continued to expand her brand’s reach, collaborating with international retailers such as Shopbop and Anthropologie. She has also been featured in publications such as Vogue and Forbes, and she was named one of Forbes Africa’s “30 Under 30” in 2018.

Despite her success, Kene remains committed to giving back to her community. Her brand’s success has created job opportunities for local artisans and manufacturers, and she is passionate about promoting sustainable fashion practices. Kene has also launched a scholarship program to support young girls in Nigeria who are interested in pursuing careers in fashion.

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Kene Rapu’s journey from Lagos to New York is a testament to the power of passion and perseverance. Her innovative designs celebrate Nigerian culture and promote sustainable fashion practices, while also creating job opportunities and empowering young girls. As she continues to make her mark on the fashion industry, Kene Rapu is an inspiration to aspiring designers and entrepreneurs around the world.

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