COLLECTIVE CONVERSATIONS . . . 10 Questions with 1/2 of Collective Closets, Fatuma Ndenzako!

In a period of time when we're inundated with what feels like consistent bad news, we wanted to put some emphasis on the positive. This is the first instalment in our mini-series "Collective Conversations," a bi-weekly segment focusing on a woman we think is awesome + what she's all about. This week we're talking to Collective Closets' very own Fatuma Ndenzako. She's a designer, business owner, food lover, mum and passionate believer of conscious fashion . We chatted to her about strength, family, her brand and her thoughts in relation to racial discrimination and the fight for equality. 

1. Describe yourself in three words? 

Nurturing , passionate and curious.

2. What do you think of the current state of the world?

The current state of the world makes me really sad!!! Watching the continued racial events in America and here in our own backyard really breaks my heart. As a mother of a black 2-year-old son it saddens me that no matter how hard I work to raise a kind, hard working and capable human being, there will be people who will look at the colour of his skin and judge and discriminate against him purely based on that. The way that black people are treated all over the world is insanity- this needs to be re written. It saddens me deeply and blows my mind that in 2020 black people are still fighting for the same human rights as there white counterparts. I am hopeful that this is a moment in time where we as a human race decide that discrimination of any kind is unacceptable and we're able to stand united in solidarity and take a stance. 

3. Who do you most admire? 

My mother for all her strength!! I still don't understand how she raised 5 children on her own. She taught us to be kind, genuine, and considerate to each other and the earth. She always encouraged us to follow our dreams and to never worry about what other people think you're able to achieve. I admire anyone who has made it their life mission to change the world and fight for injustice. I admire the likes of James Baldwin, Angela Davis + Jack Bancroft. 

4. How have you been staying motivated? 

By my 2-year-old son, he wakes up at 7am and screams "WAKE UP MUMMY". Whenever I am feeling down or stressed he always pats my head and tells me how much he loves me or how boring I am. Either comment works!! 

5. Something that you’re passionate about?

I am extremely passionate about what we do at Collective Closets. It's been our mission from the conception of Collective Closets to share and educate our customers and audience about African and black culture. Nothing brings me more joy then spending a slow Sunday interacting with customers about our fabrics, makers and our history.

6. What is something you’re proud of? 

My family!! I am so lucky to be surrounded by the most remarkable human beings. They are kind, supportive, hard working and inspirational. They make me who I am today.

7. What's something you do to be kind to yourself?

 I eat a lot of delicious Italian prosciutto and pickled octopus. Daily if I can! 

8. How do you align and connect with your intuition?

 I breathe deep, pause and always lead with my heart and stay true with myself.

9. How do you align and connect with your intuition? 

I breathe deep, pause and always lead with my heart and stay true with myself.

10. What's an assumption others make about you?

That I am confident and secure.

11. What do you hope for Collective Closets in the future? 

We hope to continue to create a brand that empowers women, celebrates black and African makers + artisans and is environmentally conscious while making amazing clothes. 



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