The clothes we wear can have a profound impact on the amount of confidence we exude, and Darkor Ofosu-Dorte is not unaware of this fact. She is the founder of the brand, darkor’s, whose clothes are made with the aim of allowing people to embrace their bodies, stand out in a crowd, and feel good whenever you wear one. Want to know more about Darkor? Well, read this interview to find out.
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Ayeyi: Hey Darkor. It’s a pleasure to be able to talk with you. How have you been doing?
Darkor: Thank you for this opportunity. I’m good, very blessed. How’re you?
Ayeyi: I’m also doing good. To begin, can you tell us the main inspiration behind your fashion brand, darkor’s?
Darkor: I am the inspiration behind darkor’s. For as long as I could remember, I’ve always wanted a clothing brand; I’ve always wanted to make my own clothes. Bringing my ideas to life and seeing people wear my designs brings me inexplicable joy. My godmother even has an illustration in her office that I did, from when I was around 6 or 7, where I drew my company and some designs. I’ve really always wanted this and I’m glad I finally got the courage to start. Seeing it manifest is truly beautiful.
Ayeyi: Yup, it sure is beautiful and I’m happy that your dream has come into fruition.
Darkor in the yasmin two piece pants set by darkor’s
Ayeyi: With regards to fashion, are you self-taught or do you have formal training in fashion?
Darkor: I am self-taught; fashion is my passion.
Ayeyi: Eii wow…Go you! So, since your brand’s inception, how would you say your work has evolved till now?
Darkor: It’s only been nine months since I started darkor’s, and I believe my work has evolved with each drop. I am definitely more confident in my designs and my work. I’ve also created beautiful and comfortable relationships with the people I work with. I mean, I’ve gone from dropping piece by piece to a collection (of tops). I’m really trying to take my time with this. I’ve learnt and I am still learning so much. I stay trusting the process.
The chloe two piece set by darkor’s
Ayeyi: How do you want people to feel when they wear clothes from darkor’s?
Darkor: I want people to feel beautiful and comfortable with who they are when they wear my clothes. My brand promotes self-love; darkor’s aim is to help encourage individuals to appreciate their bodies, and be comfortable with them. We strive to make them embrace their physical insecurities and to make them at ease with standing out in a crowd. We really just want to help our customers feel good, accept, and love themselves.
Ayeyi: Talking about self-love, an ingenious part of your packaging is the self-love quotes you include when a purchase is made. Can you explain the reasoning behind these quotes?
Darkor: If I asked you to name all the things you love, how long would it take you to name yourself? You might not even name yourself at all. The self-love quotes are a way to remind my customers to love themselves; to love and accept themselves for who they are.
Some of the self-love quotes included in a darkor’s purchase
Ayeyi: Let’s talk about your collections. Your latest collection is titled, Lia, and uses the late American singer, Aaliyah, as its muse. Why Aaliyah?
Darkor: The idea just came to me to be honest. Divine ideas come to me daily. I’ve always loved the way Aaliyah dressed and she is a personal fashion inspiration of mine. I designed the collection as if I was to be designing tops for her, if she were still here, and I’d like to think I did a good job.
Ayeyi: If I do say so myself, you’ve done a sterling job. Let’s now move on to another collection of yours. In a previous collection, Race, you used fashion to put out the message that we are all equal, regardless of whether we are white or black. Currently, race has been a widely discussed issue due to the issues of police brutality and racism recorded in America. What role do you believe the fashion industry has in contributing to the much needed change when it comes to conquering racial divisions?
Darkor: This is a hard question. Most people say how the fashion industry can contribute to the change is by hiring more black designers, getting more black models on runways, and on the cover of magazines, etc, and I do agree. It’s been amazing to see Virgil Abloh become the first black man to take on the role of men’s artistic director at Louis Vuitton; Edward Enninful become the first black editor-in-chief of British Vogue; Tyler Mitchell become the first black photographer to shoot the cover of Vogue, and so on. I do believe that the recognition alone can reduce the wayward thinking of some racists. Small changes can lead to bigger ones and that’s what I believe we are all hoping for. However, behind the scenes, stylists for example, don’t even know how to work with black hair, or do makeup on black skin, and instead of hiring black workers to work on black models, models are left having their hair chopped off and being called ugly by white stylists who simply can’t do their job? I’ve read so many stories of how black people in the fashion industry get treated unfairly and I believe more black workers need to be hired in the fashion industry; not just the people at the forefront, otherwise, in my opinion it’s all just hypocrisy. I hope this answers your question.
Ayeyi: Yup, it does. That was a pretty insightful and thoughtful response.
The Race Oversized Tee (Unisex) by darkor’s
Ayeyi: Moving on to futuristic plans, we are left with roughly six months before the year ends. Are there any goals you’ll like to achieve before the year ends?
Darkor: Oh yes there are, but I’d rather not say though. I’m a strong believer in ‘what people don’t know, people can’t ruin’ (laughs).
Ayeyi: (laughs) I feel you. I’m sure there are people reading this interview who would want to buy from darkor’s. What is the purchase process like?
Darkor: To purchase from darkor’s, you DM to order. However, our website will be up and running soon to make purchasing easier.
Ayeyi: And to enable us to send that dm, can you tell us what your social media handles are?
Darkor: Our social media handles on Instagram and Twitter are @darkor_s.
Ayeyi: Darkor, your brand has done an amazing job so far and I know that you would create even bigger waves in the fashion industry. Thank you for this interesting conversation.
Darkor: Thank you so much and thank you for having me! Big things are coming and I’m so excited for everyone to see.
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