Meet Walter a Kenyan designer who decided to have a female clothes line. He has been very vocal and focused on introducing new designs for the female demographic.
Walter has won himself several fashion awards due to his incredible work.Since 2015, Walter’s star has been getting brighter; and that is why BARAKA TUPU took the chance to help our readers learn about this rising star.
We found him in his parent’s home in Ruiru and this is what he had to say….
Q. Kindly tell our readers who Walter Mangutha is.
A. WALTER MANGUTHA is a 21 year old, self-determined, focused, and very humble; born in a family of three, two ladies and me. I live with my parents in Ruiru.
Q. Tell us how you started on this journey; how did you discover that you can be a designer?
A. At that age of 7 or 8 years old then, I told myself one day, I had a strong conviction, I’ll become a very known fashion designer but mostly I wanted it to be in the “states”. Time went by and in high school I wasn’t nearly good though I started sketching wedding dresses on my mathematics book. I discovered I had the skills in me and I would share with my desk mate the art. Ian king’ori was his name, He always encouraged me into getting my own fashion clothes line in future .After high school, I just wanted to be in the fashion industry despite the grades (better or worse) and I went to Various fashion school to get the details of each (Mcsensal, etc.) I finally decided to be part of (B.I.F.A) Buruburu Institute of Fine Arts fraternity and I registered with them in the year 2015!
Q. Who’s your role model?
A. Okay, if you want to manifest change in your life or achieve a certain goal in your life, the best thing you can do is to study people who have already done it, yet, I have found that there are small things that distinguish the most successful few. Among them is CHIMANO who owns his fashion clothes line in Nairobi, Kenya.
Q. What did you study in college?
A. Quite a lot. Fashion and design, Macramé, fabric decoration, accessory design and pattern drafting.
Q. What role has your family played in your career?
A. They have supported me all through! Mum has her Friends who have promoted me, my two sisters who market me outside there, Dad of course to his friends, he always tells them, “this one can make you a very good kitenge shirt or T-shirt”(laughs) and Weru Mugo who pushes me to see the very best of me!
A. Modeling, I have modeled for a modeling agency owned by one Opuk.
Q. Does it pay to be a designer or there are other things that you do to earn more?
A. Pay, by experience, for a fashion designer has a positive trend if you find the right track of people. Besides designing, one can yes model or do photoshoots.
Q. Walk us through a typical day for Walter.
A. I wake up very early in the morning by 5.30Am. I do lifts just to keep fit. I should be in Westlands by 8am and then return home without doing much work, mostly design. I love reading Robert A. Schullers book “Possibility Living” as a pass-time.
Q. Many young people are not sure of what to do in life, and others would wish to be where you are. What advice you have for them?
A. I would love them to watch inspiration stories or videos out there for example, the story of Keanu Reeves, thank me later! Even if they don’t know what to do in life, I’m sure God planted something in them so they should simply strive for excellence!
Q. Where do you see yourself in five years?
A. Outside there hanging out with Coco and Thierry sharing fashion ideas
Q. Finally, what is your advice to those parents who prohibit their teens especially boys from doing jobs that are seen to be meant for women as they say?
A. The Fashion Industry is being taken over by men! Fashion is the greatest kick-off bonanza country wide. I mean prohibiting a teen guy coz it’s seems a feminine job that was in the 19th century, we are in the 21st century!
“There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for.” Paul Rand.
Story by: KAGAME Bernard.
Edited by: BABU Biko