Author: Wanjiku N. M | Editor and Founder of TDS | Twitter: @WanjikuNM
A LETTER FROM ME TO YOU TO SAY THANK YOU!
Yesterday, TDS turned two and to think that two years have passed so quickly. I just wanted to thank each and every one of you for being part of this journey and supporting us through it all. TDS was started to shed light on an industry that is growing faster and stronger with each day and to be able to share its growth has been an honor. I would like to thank all the designers, photographers, stylists, bloggers, models, musicians and many more fashion professionals who have been so generous in sharing their stories. Their willingness to do so is what has made TDS become what it has become today. Their talent is admirable and their strength to push forward, despite the challenges is encouraging and inspirational not only for them but also for the many others who are stepping out because of them.
Since the inception of TDS, it has been an exciting journey to have met and seen the talent that is within our borders. That is what excites me and keeps me going. When I see so many extraordinary things that are happening in Kenya, discovering it and speaking to the wonderful talented individuals in the country is motivating and encouraging. I love this continent so much that the negative perceptions that have been associated with it breaks my heart and through TDS and everyone involved, including you, our readers, that is changing.
This is not simply about fashion as it simply is defined or the way we have associated with it through fashion magazines and movies but so much more. This is an expression of a culture that is rising daily and cannot be hidden anymore. It is more about starting to shed light where we are instead of facing the torch outside as we have been doing for so long.
This country is bubbling with so much talent from graphic artists to musicians who are part of the creative world and seeing their work is noteworthy. We are truly stepping out and telling our stories for once and showing the world what we are made of. As Kenyans, we are taking ownership and no one can take that away from us. Let us continue to choose local above all else and take our products, stories and voices to the world.
Here is to many more years and an even stronger voice as we go forward.
Thank you once again!