Kondo udo II Anyango Mpinga | Anyango Mpinga since 2011 | Anyango Mpinga was born and raised in Nairobi, the land of cool waters. Formally trained in media studies, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Communication with a major in Radio Production. Her professional engagements in multi-cultural environments; working as a radio presenter and working in advertising grew her love for artistic expression. While serving as project director for the first edition of Hub of Africa Fashion week in Addis Ababa in 2010, and playing host to some of Africa’s fashion talent, she was inspired to take her love for fashion beyond a hobby which she enjoyed. She returned to Nairobi thereafter and started her clothing line Kipusa in 2011. Her vision was to create a brand that is synonymous with elegance, authenticity and style. She re-branded and launched the eponymous brand Anyango Mpinga in 2015.
Anyango’s influences are drawn from her spiritual life as a Bahá’í, her love for the arts, her travels and her rich multi-cultural heritage. Some of the places she has showcased her work include Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Mozambique and France. She is featured in the book ‘Aspirations of a Generation – Youth of Kenya” by footprints publishing; a compilation of the musings of 80 young, inspiring people selected from all over Kenya. In 2014 she was selected as one of the top four finalists in the apparel category in the competition “Africa designers for tomorrow” by berlin agency fa 254. The program, founded by former top model Waridi Schrobsdorff was supported by Vogue Germany, Ebay Fashion, Monoqi and Urbanara in an effort to introduce young African talent to the European market. In 2015 she was nominated designer of the year at the Kenya fashion awards. Her work is a testament of her love for creating art while supporting local artisans and serving her community.
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