Numerous literary artists have grappled with themes related to choice, typically demonstrating the importance of the implications that come with making decisions. Robert Frost for example said in his oft-quoted “The Road Not Taken” that sometimes choices require us to either pick between sticking with the mundane or deciding on a riskier but potentially more rewarding road. While choices range from being inadvertent to deliberate, the option we take can literally make or break us, as they influence the direction in which our life’s journey takes us.
A significant type of choice concerns work: even those blessed with employment sometimes have to leave one occupation for another. While it is usually easy to pick a new job with better socio-economic perks than the old one, there is that class of people who quit comfortable corporate jobs to take on the challenge of starting their own businesses.
Two noteworthy examples of this latter category include Mabel Simpson and Awura Abena Agyeman: both exceptional young ladies whose intelligence, creativity and determination have led them to take the road less traveled by and become fashion designers. While in 2010 Mabel started mSimps, Awura Abena began Wear Ghana last year. These two fashion labels have already made inroads into the Ghanaian design industry by crafting quality clothes, bags, footwear and other accessories. They have both exhibited the potential to take not only Ghana by storm, but to impact tremendously on the international scene.
Africa is under (and to an extent, mis) represented on the international fashion stage: the world-renowned models, brands, marketing, audience and accessories are usually Euro-centric. While this post does not seek to delve into the causes and effects of this problem, it is helpful to point out that in this challenge hides fertile opportunity. If fashion thrives on creativity and newness, then mSimps and Wear Ghana have the ability to rewrite the fashion industry narrative by contributing their exquisitely unique takes on accessorizing. Doing this well from an African perspective means that Africa and Africans will be proud to choose local over foreign; non-Africans will also experience the richness of our culture.
Both brands have special Valentine’s Day offers and I advise that you check them out both now and beyond the 14th of February. I might not be an expert on romance but I don’t think you need a single day to display love for that special someone. Peruse their pages – mSimps and Wear Ghana – to see what you can acquire for people to make them know how special they are to you. You can also buy accessories for yourself to signify how special you are to yourself.
Now, of course I am not saying that we all have to leave our work to start a business. However, both personalities remind us of the importance to do what you enjoy and to make a wide-reaching depth-inducing mark. Watch this space for both of them as they enhance our notions of couture.
While it is sometimes necessary to complain about problems and issues, it is easy to stop at complaining. Profound thinkers on the other hand make their mark by recognizing opportunity in problems. The ability to transform a dire condition into something positive makes special people stand out in a responsible way.
After all, the saying goes: “If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it.”