How an Ashesi alumnus is building a zero to hero high-growth fashion business in Ghana

How an Ashesi alumnus is building a zero to hero high-growth fashion business in Ghana

- Former Ashesi student, Enoch, first learnt how to sew from his grandfather, who had his tailoring experience in the UK and Ghana

- Enoch landed his first fashion job as an apprentice tailor after quitting his finance job

- After being fired from his job because he wasn't learning fast enough, he recruited some tailors and launched his own business

- From a one-man business, Enoch currently has over 20 employees with a thriving high-fashion company

Enoch had grown up watching his renowned tailor grandfather make clothes for people from all walks of life and emerged to become a notable fashion brand.

With tailoring experience in Ghana and the U.K., his grandfather taught him a lot about working in fashion.

And though the business folded, Enoch never forgot how intrigued he had been watching his grandfather work.

A year after graduating from Ashesi, working in finance and observing a high unmet demand for bespoke clothing, he recognised that there was still a profitable market in tailored clothing.

With little tailoring skill however, he resigned from his finance job and signed up to be an apprentice with a tailor in Accra.

Despite setback, a commitment to learning pays off

“I was fired by that tailor very quickly,” he recounts.

“I had too little knowledge, and the tailor didn’t appreciate how long it was taking me to pick up skills.

He needed someone who could help him work faster, not slow him down.

Even though it was a disappointing start, it was not that big a setback. I decided to keep at it.”

Enoch went on to acquire his own sewing machine, and spent months learning how to make men’s clothing on his own.

How Ashesi alumnus is building a zero to hero high-growth fashion business in Ghana
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And with no clients to sell to yet, he started wearing the clothes himself to his friend’s events, to church, and to anywhere he could.

It turned out to be a wise decision. He started receiving a lot of compliments, and eventually, requests for some of his clothes.

“People loved the simplicity of the clothes,” he explains. “But what they did not know was that my clothes were simple because I had only one machine and did not have the range of skills to do much more. I was still a novice. Reflecting on that now, I consider it a good lesson in having the courage to just start something and learn as you go.”

How Ashesi alumnus is building a zero to hero high-growth fashion business in Ghana
Photo credit: outcomes.ashesi.edu.gh
Source: UGC

Rapid growth brings undesirable challenges

Recruiting a few tailors he launched his business and called it Grandpa, as a tribute to his grandfather. But his challenges were not yet resolved.

He soon realized that beyond learning how to make clothes, he also had a lot to learn about running a proper business.

The popularity of his clothes grew faster than his business capacity, and soon he was falling behind on delivery schedules and facing a lot of criticism from clients.

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“We were receiving far more orders for clothes than we could complete,” he explains. “And for a while the pressure of constantly working to meet demand, distracted us from realising that great customer service experiences were just as important. It took some painful learning, but we eventually paused to think through fixes for our customer experience processes. And we have resolved not to let it get away from us like before.”

From one tailor to twenty

Started as a one-person business, Grandpa’s now employs some twenty tailors and makes over sixty clothing items each week.

And with a new process structure and an expanded administrative team now in place, Enoch is committed to establishing both product quality and good customer service at scale.

“In our early days, I was thinking about meeting very specific fashion styles and preferences,” he shared. “As we keep growing however, I see more opportunities to serve a broader client base. And at this rate, we are now able to take on training for new tailors and others interested in tailoring. I am hoping I can help others gain skills, without having to go through some of the disappointments that I did when I first started out as an apprentice.”

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Nathaniel Crabbe (Human-Interest editor) Nathaniel Crabbe is a journalist and editor with a degree in Journalism from the Ghana Institute of Journalism, where he graduated in 2015. He earned his master's from UPSA in December 2023. Before becoming an editor/writer of political/entertainment and human interest stories at Asaase Radio, Crabbe was a news reporter at TV3 Ghana. With experience spanning over ten years, he now works at YEN.com.gh as a human interest editor. You can reach him via nathaniel.crabbe@yen.com.gh.

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