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Korto Momolu

Korto Momolu

Photo Courtesy: www.kortomomolu.com

I love when fabrics are created using alternative materials such as hemp. I wrote a piece on furniture coverings made from this incredibly durable material last year, why not clothing? The problem is the looming of these fabrics. Because of the demise of fabric weaving in the USA, the technological necessity of finding skilled laborers who can work with hemp is miniscule. Add to that the lack of looms for weaving hemp fibers and there is room for advancement within this niche. Hemp is hot and hemp clothing with fashion elements? Now we’re talking! From the mind of Project Runway Star Korto Momolu and Women Grow comes NY Fashion Week. Exciting stuff from our most maligned plant. Cheers! WB

Warren Bobrow=WB: Where are you from? Why clothing made from alternative fibers like hemp? Where are your clothes produced? 

Korto Momolu=KM: With this collaboration with women grow I thought it was important to incorporate a new palette. Hemp is such a great, unique fabrication but I also love other sustainable fabrics like jute, cork and linen. I really wanted to create a line that included the very plant the Women Grow platform is based upon. My designs are primarily produced out of my studio in Little Rock, Arkansas. They are still designed, tailored and crafted by me for my custom clients. For mass production and capsule collections, I oversee all production aspects and hire design help depending on the size of collection or fulfillment. 

 

WB: What are the technological needs to make clothing from alternative fibers such as hemp. What logistics need to take place for hemp to become viable as a clothing material?

KM: What is so interesting is that Hemp isn’t readily available for purchase at your local fabric stores. Best selections I found were in Thailand….go figure! The fabric is made in small 12” Wide strips that are then sewn together to create larger pieces. They are available in natural tones or the hard to come by colorful variations. It’s a work in progress but with this process designing the collection for women grown I hope to find easier options in the future.

WB: Tell me about your company?

KM: I’m an independent fashion designer and entrepreneur.  My designs are inspired by my African roots and my life’s paths. My designs are made for fashion-forward women. I design ready to wear clothing and accessories that celebrate the essence of my rich heritage through the use of traditional and luxury fabrics. My company isn’t the usual fashion house. I incorporate philanthropy in a lot of my work and design projects. My journey here has been nontraditional and in return I work daily changing the format of what is to be a fashion designer/entrepreneur – beginning with living in Little Rock, Arkansas!

 

 WB: What is your six month plan? My short-term plan is to continue making my designs available via online portals. My new focus is seasonal pop up shops and intimate fashion shows at the boutiques around the country that carry my line. I currently also continue this model overseas in the Caribbean where my market is greatly visible. 

 KM: One year? My one-year plan is to structure and position my company to take on investors in order to produce my designs in larger quantities – and also have produced capsule collections for major department stores, high-end boutiques and with corporate partners such as Women Grow. 

 WB: What obstacles do you see in your way? How would you remove these obstacles? 

KM: Financials are always and obstacle, visibility is next in line. Obstacles will always be present in this business, so I can’t say there is a way to remove them. But I will encourage people that it’s important to support small businesses, minority-owned businesses and especially, women businesses. 

 

WB: Do you cook? Who taught you? WB: What is your favorite thing to prepare?

KM: Absolutely! At 16 upon graduating from high school my mother taught me how to cook that summer especially our traditional Liberian dishes. 

WB: What is your favorite thing to prepare?

KM: I absolutely love making lasagna, which was the first thing my mom taught me how to cook, but Liberian Jollof rice is the most favorite to prepare. 

 WB: Do you have a favorite restaurant? 

KM: This is a hard question. I love Thai and Indian food but can’t choose just one restaurant. Negril’s in the East Village (NYC) is a must every time I visit the New York. I absolutely love Jamaican food. 

WB: What is your passion? Indoor or outdoor grown cannabis (just wondering). 

KM: I’m passionate about being a creative soul. Expressing my creativity daily is a love and I truly feel it’s my gift. No clue on the indoor/outdoor cannabis, you’ll have to school me on that one, lol. While we’re discussing indoor/outdoor cannabis, don’t you think a CBD infused Jollof rice would be fire? I’m here to make it happen if you are. (Author’s note: Teach me!)

About Korto Momolu (www.kortomomolu.com)

Korto Momolu is stamping her global brand on fashion-forward women’s wear and accessories that celebrate the essence of her rich heritage through the use of traditional and luxury fabrics. She auditioned for, and earned a spot on the 5th season of Bravo TV’s hit show, Project Runway – earning her the prize of “fan favorite.” Highlighted in the ‘Top 5 Designers to Watch’ at her debut season at New York fashion week SS09.

 

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Korto Momolu

Korto Momolu

Photo Courtesy: www.kortomomolu.com

I love when fabrics are created using alternative materials such as hemp. I wrote a piece on furniture coverings made from this incredibly durable material last year, why not clothing? The problem is the looming of these fabrics. Because of the demise of fabric weaving in the USA, the technological necessity of finding skilled laborers who can work with hemp is miniscule. Add to that the lack of looms for weaving hemp fibers and there is room for advancement within this niche. Hemp is hot and hemp clothing with fashion elements? Now we’re talking! From the mind of Project Runway Star Korto Momolu and Women Grow comes NY Fashion Week. Exciting stuff from our most maligned plant. Cheers! WB

Warren Bobrow=WB: Where are you from? Why clothing made from alternative fibers like hemp? Where are your clothes produced? 

Korto Momolu=KM: With this collaboration with women grow I thought it was important to incorporate a new palette. Hemp is such a great, unique fabrication but I also love other sustainable fabrics like jute, cork and linen. I really wanted to create a line that included the very plant the Women Grow platform is based upon. My designs are primarily produced out of my studio in Little Rock, Arkansas. They are still designed, tailored and crafted by me for my custom clients. For mass production and capsule collections, I oversee all production aspects and hire design help depending on the size of collection or fulfillment. 

Photo Credit: Jason Masters

Women Grow: Photo Credit: Jason Masters

Photo Credit: Jason Masters

WB: What are the technological needs to make clothing from alternative fibers such as hemp. What logistics need to take place for hemp to become viable as a clothing material?

KM: What is so interesting is that Hemp isn’t readily available for purchase at your local fabric stores. Best selections I found were in Thailand….go figure! The fabric is made in small 12” Wide strips that are then sewn together to create larger pieces. They are available in natural tones or the hard to come by colorful variations. It’s a work in progress but with this process designing the collection for women grown I hope to find easier options in the future.

cole stevens Salon

Courtesy of Cole Stevens Salon

Courtesy of Cole Stevens Salon

WB: Tell me about your company?

KM: I’m an independent fashion designer and entrepreneur.  My designs are inspired by my African roots and my life’s paths. My designs are made for fashion-forward women. I design ready to wear clothing and accessories that celebrate the essence of my rich heritage through the use of traditional and luxury fabrics. My company isn’t the usual fashion house. I incorporate philanthropy in a lot of my work and design projects. My journey here has been nontraditional and in return I work daily changing the format of what is to be a fashion designer/entrepreneur – beginning with living in Little Rock, Arkansas!

 WB: What is your six month plan? My short-term plan is to continue making my designs available via online portals. My new focus is seasonal pop up shops and intimate fashion shows at the boutiques around the country that carry my line. I currently also continue this model overseas in the Caribbean where my market is greatly visible. 

 KM: One year? My one-year plan is to structure and position my company to take on investors in order to produce my designs in larger quantities – and also have produced capsule collections for major department stores, high-end boutiques and with corporate partners such as Women Grow. 

 WB: What obstacles do you see in your way? How would you remove these obstacles? 

KM: Financials are always and obstacle, visibility is next in line. Obstacles will always be present in this business, so I can’t say there is a way to remove them. But I will encourage people that it’s important to support small businesses, minority-owned businesses and especially, women businesses. 

Jason Masters

photo: Jason Masters

Jason Masters

WB: Do you cook? Who taught you? WB: What is your favorite thing to prepare?

KM: Absolutely! At 16 upon graduating from high school my mother taught me how to cook that summer especially our traditional Liberian dishes. 

WB: What is your favorite thing to prepare?

KM: I absolutely love making lasagna, which was the first thing my mom taught me how to cook, but Liberian Jollof rice is the most favorite to prepare. 

 WB: Do you have a favorite restaurant? 

KM: This is a hard question. I love Thai and Indian food but can’t choose just one restaurant. Negril’s in the East Village (NYC) is a must every time I visit the New York. I absolutely love Jamaican food. 

WB: What is your passion? Indoor or outdoor grown cannabis (just wondering). 

KM: I’m passionate about being a creative soul. Expressing my creativity daily is a love and I truly feel it’s my gift. No clue on the indoor/outdoor cannabis, you’ll have to school me on that one, lol. While we’re discussing indoor/outdoor cannabis, don’t you think a CBD infused Jollof rice would be fire? I’m here to make it happen if you are. (Author’s note: Teach me!)

Photo Credit: Jason Masters

Photo Credit: Jason Masters

Photo Credit: Jason Masters

About Korto Momolu (www.kortomomolu.com)

Korto Momolu is stamping her global brand on fashion-forward women’s wear and accessories that celebrate the essence of her rich heritage through the use of traditional and luxury fabrics. She auditioned for, and earned a spot on the 5th season of Bravo TV’s hit show, Project Runway – earning her the prize of “fan favorite.” Highlighted in the ‘Top 5 Designers to Watch’ at her debut season at New York fashion week SS09.

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