The Birth of Designs by Abike Revives Hope in the Owner

For Abike, owner of Designs by Abike, the birth of her clothing design company revives hope and healing for her from multiple miscarriages. The mother of two shares her successes and challenges as a designer in the United States with Weddings Trends.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Abike, which means to be cared for. I am married and I have two boys - one and two-year olds, who as you can imagine, keep me very busy.

What informed the idea of Designs by Abike Oyedele?
Designs by Abike was birthed at one of the darkest periods of my life. I started sewing in 2012 after suffering from my 6th miscarriage. I couldn't keep a job and needed something to keep me both busy and sane. I started off sewing clutches and bags and slowly moved into clothing. I like to think of Designs by Abike as a seed that was planted slowly by God and I'm literally just going in the path in which I'm directed by Him.

How long have you been designing clothes?
I have been designing clothes for approximately 3 years now.

Who are your customers?
Women and children.

Do you design wedding dresses for brides or you design for brides and grooms?
I do not design wedding dresses at this time but I do have options for bridesmaids.

What are the challenges you experience as a designer in the U.S.?
Personally, I think it's harder to balance all my roles as a designer in the U.S. There's definitely not as much of a support group as I would have if I were back home in Nigeria.

Any word of advice for interested designers or upcoming designers?
The one thing I've learned is to not give up, keep learning, and be the best version of you.

How can customers find you?
Instagram: @designsbyabike

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