14098_374301568788_260772473788_3650684_3151146_nFootwear designer Emily Osei Blavo got nominated by a friend to showcase her designs at inter university beauty pageant ACS Kings and Queens. This event is providing a platform for up and coming designers and she is proud to be a part of it. Here she talks to Flavour about her label Bubushiiky.

How did you get into fashion?
I studied product and furniture design then decided I wanted a career in footwear. I love shoes, they’re an important responsibility to take on and I enjoy that.

How would you describe the style of footwear you make?
The project is my own form of work experience. Putting what I learn into practice and ending up with a result that appeals to people.

What makes your designs stand out from the rest?
I customise footwear and accessories with traditional fabrics. I encourage customers to use shoes they no longer wear as opposed to buying new ones thus appreciating the relationship between the old the new and the personal. I also pay attention to styling details when presenting my work. It’s important to create ideas and present a foundation for the customer because the cultural aspect can be limiting.

14098_374302993788_260772473788_3650706_1455985_nWho is your favourite designer and why?
Kurt Geiger. It was a name I heard often in my household when growing up. I learnt from what they represent in terms of making desirable quality goods.

Are their works reflected in your designs?
Not in terms of design or structures but God willing as I progress and develop my projects they definitely will

What influences your designs?
The ability to try new things

What would you say to someone thinking of getting into fashion?
If you’ve got the passion and you’re willing to acquire the know-how, go for it

Tell me about the contestants/students that you are working with to win the competition?
They’re cool, studious, open to ideas and willing to work together to win.

What can we expect to see from you at the ACS Kings and Queens event?
Definitely alot of talent.

What would it mean to you if you won?
That what I’m doing is being appreciated and given the chance to flourish. A great morale booster.

What’s your end goal in the fashion industry?
To work for and alongside the best and make shoes that people will love to buy, wear, buy for others, recommend etc..

Describe your philosophy about the art of fashion?
In a word, its powerful. The only way a person can express who they are and what they believe in without saying a word.

For more information on the event visit their website.


After months of preparation the 8 African Caribbean Society university finalists shall display decorum as they compete to be crowned ACS King and Queen 2010 on the 20th June 2010.

This spectacular night shall also unveil 8 exceptionally creative African Caribbean fashion designers who have been paired off with our 8 ACS universities to produce an exclusive innovative piece that will be debuted and showcased on the night courtesy of the university they are working with.

This event is supported by Flavour Magazine with the winning female contestant winning a place in the final of Miss Flavour 2010.

Bubushiiky has been paired with Southbank University.

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