The CEO of Velma’s Millinery & Accessories, Velma Owusu Bempah, has said it brings her great joy to be able to design for Ghana’s second lady, Samira Bawumia.
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As one of Ghana’s best, it was no wonder that Samira chose the UK-trained milliner to design the clutch which she used to accessorize her outfit at the Ghana@60 parade.
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Speaking to NEWS-ONE she revealed it was a great opportunity for her to design for the second lady and that it always feels special when such high-profile personalities in the society approach her for business.
“It makes us feel special because before people of that nature come to you, they know, I mean they look out for you. So making a choice to come for you, then they know they are coming for a good quality stuff,” she said.
Velma has been able to build a thriving and successful business, where she offers her clients impeccable hats or fascinators and the best of accessories for women.
Her comprehensive style, exceptional taste and expertise has brought her many celebrity clients including Anita Erskine, Sandra Ankobiah, Juliet Ibrahim, Shirley Frimpong- Manso, Joselyn Dumas, among others.
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She said she was inspired by her mother, Sarah Crossland to get into the fashion industry after graduating from the University of Ghana with a degree in Marketing.
In 2005, she then enrolled at the Central St Martin’s School of Arts & Designs, where she took courses in millinery, bag designing and communication. Upon completion she returned to Ghana to establish what is now known as the Velma’s Millinery & Accessories in 2006.
Speaking about what inspires her she said “Every Ghanaian or African woman deserves to stand out on their own and be unique…my thing is every woman that comes to me should stand out,”
She will be releasing her latest collection at the 2017 edition of ‘Rhythms On Da Runway’ fashion event.
With her vast expertise in designing, Velma remains an inspiration to a department of Ghana’s fashion industry that is yet to win more media attention.