Ann McCreathManaging Director- Kikoromeo Africa
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Ann McCreath is one of the most sought after voices on fashion in Africa. A multi-faceted fashion designer and entrepreneur she founded her main brand KikoRomeo in Kenya. Originally from a farm in Scotland she worked in fashion in Milan and Barcelona before taking a break to do aid work in Kenya. She never left. 20 years on she has featured in New African Woman’s Ultimate Power Players of African Fashion (2015), Arise Top 100 Women Influencing Africa (2012), Fashion Africa (Jacqueline Shaw 2014), New African Fashion (Helen Jennings 2011), Fashion Cities Africa (Hannah Azieb Pool 2016) and Business of Fashion. Her articles have been published severally in The East African Standard. She was a global finalist in the Source Awards (2012) for Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Fashion, largely due to her founding of Festival of African Fashion & Arts (FAFA) and organizing a massive Fashion for Peace show in 2008 in Nairobi National Park as a call for peace in Kenya, which was covered by media in all continents of the world.
McCreath is a lauded designer with awards including winner of Icon of Hope Award (2015) AFDW Nigeria, East African Designer of the Year at Swahili Fashion Awards (2014) in Tanzania, International Creativity Award (2010) Noto, Italy. KikoRomeo shows collections annually at the prestigious Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Joburg, as well as other prominent events around the continent. Through her line of staff uniforms KikoCorporate she dresses many of East Africa’s major companies.
McCreath is also a teacher and mentor; passionate about sharing her knowledge with the creators of tomorrow. She is currently on sabbatical to write a book about fashion. She recently changed the KikoRomeo workshop into a maker space, to meet demands of young creatives needing access to machines.
2008 Kenya: Developed concept and implemented a “Peace Patches” project to create income for women displaced by violence using scrap fabrics and minimal tools. In addition, this served as art therapy and a pilot project with potential to be used in refugee camps. | 2012-2015 Fashion Focus weekly meetings and trainings of actual and would-be designers and fashion professionals | Training Maasai Women to bead fashionable motifs on upcycled denim jackets as part of an anti-poaching campaign.