Yaw Bako
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Yaw Bako
Fashion Entrepreneur Yaw, who left his stable job as a banker to pursue his dream of becoming a fashion designer.

27/09/2018 11AM | GUEST | Desiree Joule-Adam


Yaw Bako, who left his stable job as a banker to pursue his dream of becoming a fashion designer, the rising star of afro-centric inspired menswear is seeking to make the African fashion brand one of the leading themes for the international fashion and trade community. Acknowledging the incredible talent rising from all corners of Africa, Yaw believes that it is essential for brands (including his) to support and foster new opportunities for the next generation in the global fashion industry, creating a new image of African fashion and placing it on the global map, which can also further help to secure investments for other affiliate businesses. 


He goes on to say that other sectors should "celebrate fashion, as it is a catalyst for designers both home and abroad to seamlessly connect with them, diversifying African economies. Additionally, he believes that it is essential to use fashion as a vehicle to showcase how African designs are unique and diversified, proving the stereotypes incorrect. 



1. I would like to address something straight out of the gate because I know this would have raised some eyebrows, in the true African style: You left Banking to pursue what?
2. Did you always know this is something you wanted to do and if so why head for banking?
3. Could you tell us a little bit about the journey so far, at what point did you decide you were going to take the plunge and what was the first thing you did?
4. I read somewhere that you believe we should showcase how African designs are unique and diversified, proving the stereotypes incorrect, could you describe or give us an indication of what the stereotypes are?
5. Let’s talk about your passion for fashion as an art and its importance as an element to a country’s identity and culture, and one way to show pride in African culture and heritage to global citizens in the world. Why do you think this has not been the case before?
6. What’s been the response to Yaw Bako Clothing so far?
7. In your bio I read while you acknowledge talent rising from all corners of Africa you also believe it’s important to foster new opportunities for the next generation. In what way could the fashion industry impact business and development on the African Continent. 
8. Some would assume the idea is you can kind of fall back on your banking education if things go bad, what’s your take on pursuing what you love first versus going for something more stable and then going after what you really want?
9. Reflecting on your journey so far, and if you had to start all over again, is there anything you would do differently?
10. What’s in store for Yaw Bako Clothing in 2019?
11. If people want to find out more where can they find you?


 

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