SELORM DAVID AFORLA is the creative designer of Lakopue and the brain behind the brand which was born on March, 2nd 2011. Lakopue is a Ga-Adangbe word meaning a light has appeared. Our theme is ‘Feel the Luxury’; we are poised with a vision of building one of the biggest brands in Africa with different themes, combination of ideas and cultures that put Ghana in the lime light. We make the ordinary Ghanaian feel and look good.
When did your career in the fashion industry begin?
It began in 2008
What were you doing before going into fashion designing?
I worked with TV3 after school
Did u want to become a fashion designer when you were young?
No. I never thought of fashion designing but the interest was there because I used to sketch clothes and put styles together for my sister and her friends.
How did u get into fashion designing and what inspired you to do so?
I used to sketch for a friend in the USA; he is Ray Vincente, an established fashion designer in the USA. I used to send him the sketches online. He inspired and advised me to pursue it as a career since he felt I was good at it so I took it up. I also got inspiration from God.
Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
My inspiration comes from God and I draw inspiration from the curves of a woman. When I see a woman with an interesting body figure I sketch.
What do you enjoy most about designing clothes and what is the most challenging part?
I enjoy the sketching; the construction of the design. The detailing is very challenging, also the stitches and finishing. When you miss something little it affects the whole design.
Who inspires you the most in fashion?
Anyone who stands out? There are quite a few. Ultimately it will be Giorgio Armani. I think he is the god of fashion but in Ghana obviously Kofi Ansah.
Does your work reflect your personal fashion taste? Can you describe your style?
No. My style is simple yet chic.
What is your favourite piece from outfits designed for the Woodin Urban Social Campaign?
I love the hood. I also love the tomboy look; curry top and the red shorts
Do you always design your own clothes?
No I wear clothes by other designers
Do you design for international purposes too?
Yes I do. In 2012 I did some pieces for Ray Vincente for his runway show.
Do you pay attention to what other designers are doing?
Absolutely! In a competitive world if you don’t pay attention to competition you will be in an island of your own and veer off.
If you were not designing clothes, what will you rather be doing?
A professional dancer I guess. I will also still be with TV3.
What advice would you give to those who want to pursue fashion design?
I think that if the desire is there nothing should stop you; just go for it. I had never thought of it as a profession but I really desired it and as I became independent nothing could stop me.
Marketing wise, how can readers contact you?
Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/mypvpbv Instagram: Lakopue Mobile number: 0248633182 Any closing thoughts? I think the experience with Woodin has been priceless and enlightening. It has taught me a lot. And am looking forward to doing even more with Woodin