Ugandan Diaspora Fashion Scene ~ Meet UK Based Designer, Linda Mirembe Nakimbugwe

Posted June 1, 2012 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Fashion ~ 10,437 views


Thanks for allowing us to share in your Art and Design experience. Tell us a little about your self Linda:

I have always loved everything fashion, it was the Hat making course that I took that made me realise what I was born to do. Born and raised in Kampala, Uganda. I had my first child Jeff in 1990. In 1991 I moved to Sweden with my son to join my then boyfriend. I had my second son Jett two years later.

As a young single mother, with no qualifications. I wanted to go back to school and I really wanted to study fashion design in Borås, but I had too many obstacles. The fashion School was far away in a city south of Sweden. I didn’t know any people who lived in that town and I could barely speak Swedish.

I could not afford relocating, so my dreams of becoming a fashion designer came to a halt.

Education and Work
I went back to school 1994. I started off by learning Swedish as a second language, applied for college and did my A’ levels.

I worked at Scandic hotel while studying. It was not easy raising kids, working and going to school. I wanted to give my children a good example wanted to show them that education is important.

I achieved a diploma in Multimedia/IT and Programming at Komvux Haninge in South Stockholm.

1998 Worked as a web designer for  Sweden’s first drive through restaurant. Vegabaren in Haninge.

1999 Higher education at the Royal Institute of Technology(KTH) campus Haninge Stockholm, Media Technology.

After my studies I applied to so many jobs, but got turned down several times, but I never gave up. I worked temporary at Tungelsta Clinic South of Stockholm as a data entry assistant. The doctor who owned the clinic as me why I was working there yet I was over qualified.

I told him how I had applied for several jobs most of them I got to the second interview, but didn’t get the job, started believing it was my accent.

When my contract at the clinic ended he wrote a very good recommendation and that’s how I got employed by the Swedish tax office.

I managed both my sons Jeff and Jett’s modelling career. Jeff was signed to Stockholmsgruppen top Swedish modelling agency, modelled for H&M , he was on the cover of Gant boys, Lindex, NK . Jett was in an Ikea advert, Pharmacia and on TV.

Jeff was on runway for the kids fashion Show at the Stockholm fair 1998 and summer99.

I was given passes to attend shows and privileged to attend a Jean Paul Gaultier show; this is when my own dream about joining the fashion world became more realistic.

I was so intrigued. The experience triggered the passion I had held for a long time of becoming a designer. I started making headwear for friends and family.

I worked with the Swedish Tax office until I relocated to London so my boys can be closer to their father in 2003, and I wanted the kids to concentrate on their education. I got a job at A to Z Networks Croydon as a IT field engineer.

In 2008 I co-founded with my sister Cynthia Nakayenga. It’s an online wedding service provider portal for Ugandans in diaspora.

When I was out of work  I decided to take Hat Making course, and private millinery lessons with Milliner Sue Dewhurst.

Sue Dewhurst worked with the Royal milliner making hats for the late queen mother and the queen. Some of the work she has done is in the Victoria and Albert museum.

I thought to myself, It’s better late than never. I decided to turn my hobby into a profession. In  2011, LinmiR was born.(stands for Linda Mirembe)

I get to make artistic head creations for the daring and bold. I enjoy working with different types of fabric to make something unusual and unique. I also have a vintage inspired collection.

Some of my designs are inspired by the shape of a calabash also known as the bottle gourd. The shape reminds her of the female curves. Some pieces from the miniature/cocktail collection are hat blocked on a calabash.

LinmiR collection incorporates a modern twist in trimming and finishing with a touch of her African heritage.

The ranges in the LinmiR Millinery collection include couture, miniatures, headpieces, bridal, and ‘ready-to-wear’. She is currently designing a range of casual hats.

Couture is a bespoke design to co-ordinate colors and fabrics to match a client’s outfit and taste.

Scultupers are one-off hat sculptures created to be unique for the daring.

Miniatures/Cocktail designs are for clients who feel slightly intimidated by the more conventional traditional larger-brimmed hat.

Headpieces are designed for ease of wear for all ages and moments, mostly set on headbands or skull caps.

Ready-to-Wear hat selection is blocked

to our specification in contemporary styles and hand-finished by us with fine feathers, silks and sinamay.

Bridal Range is for modern brides who are looking for an alternative to the conventional tiara/veil/train. These are set on headbands or skull caps for ease of wear.

Casual Range are for summer and winter from and berets to 50s inspired pill boxes.

Menswear Range will be summer weight men’s trilbies designed using funky fabrics.
I was honored to showcase my work at the Young Designer Awards 2011( Radical Designer category). I was entrant designer I got to show 8 hats/fascinators from my collection. The event took place at the Novotel hotel in London on 29th October 2011

I showcased LinmiR Autum/Winter12 collection during London Fashion Week for Fashion finest 19th Feb 2012 at The Westbury Hotel MayFair.

LinmiR Bridal headwear at Mahogany Bridal Fashion Show on the 1st April 2012

My first ever International Fashion Show in Dublin, Ireland took place last week, 25th May celebrating Africa Day .

My next International show will be in the U.S, August 11-12, I will be showcasing LinmiR Spring/summer13 collection Maryland Fashion Week

LinmiR collection can be found on the website  | +44 793 289 4433

I appeared on the The Sporah show on SKY 184 Europe, which aired on the 12th December 10.30pm will air in Tanzania on Star TV  I got to tell my story and show some of my hats/fascinators.

I would like to encourage everyone especially single mothers who have a dream, to never give up. You may face challenges and obstacles along the way but you should never ever give up. It’s possible!

Check out some highlights from Linda’s hat Collection


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Ugandan Diaspora News Team

Ugandan Diaspora News Online is an independent, non political news portal primarily aimed at serving Ugandans who work and reside outside Uganda. Our aim is to be a one stop shop for everything Ugandan and the celebration of our Ugandan heritage.



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