The Founder

Creating a fashion business out of a passion for fashion is something we could all dream. But for Faith Kabende it is something that came into reality as she planned it out and worked hard to see her passion and dream come true together with a vision to make an impact on the Zambian fashion scene and the determination to help promote Zambian culture through fashion. Today on Spotlight we feature Faith Mulenga kabende.

Faith Mulenga Kabende was born in Luanshya, Zambia. She found her passion for fashion at a young age and when she was about 15 years old she would make her own clothes that she would wear at school on civilian day.

Faith completed high school in 1995 at Luanshya Girls Secondary School and later on studied Marketing at Evelyn Hone College, when she completed she worked for ZAMTEL. While working, she used to design clothes in her free time, but later on she realized that she was getting more positive feedback for her designs from clients who were mostly friends at the time. She decided to quit her job to start her fashion business full time.

Fay Designs was founded in 2003 by fashion designer Faith in her living room with hard work, a good team and perseverance she pushed Fay designs to what it is today, specializing in both Afrocentric and Western tailor-made clothing.

Faith has showcased her designs in the annual Zambia Fashion Week. Her designs have also graced fashion shows in South Africa, African Fashion Week in London and at the launch of the World Fashion Week in Paris.

Here are some quotes from here to encourage and inspire you.

“When you climb the ladder of success don’t forget the people who held it for you to pluck those fruits of success, you might need them on your way down.”

“You don’t have to work for money when you are starting a business, do it with all your heart and money will eventually come, that’s how you grow a business.”

“If you dream of going into the fashion and designing industry, you need to have interest and be determined. You should love it with all your heart otherwise you will never make it because this industry is so stressful.”

“If you really want something, you can figure out how to make it happen.”