Keeping up with ZIWA 2014 Fashion Designer of the Year – Pam Samasuwo-Nyawiri

Pamela, ZIWA 2014 Fashion Designer of the Year
Pamela Samasuwo, ZIWA 2014 Fashion Designer of the Year

We are excited to feature our ZIWA 2014 Fashion Designer of the Year , Pam Samasuwo-Nyawiri.  Pam is the Creative Director of the nifty contemporary design house vanhuvamwe. She is  a columnist for  263 voices with the DailyNews Newspaper and the Founder of ‘Style Panel 263.’  In addition to her ZIWA award she is  the recipient of the  Vice Chancellor’s Award 2014 for the best Academic Achievement and was nominated for the prestigious Mulberry Accessories Award 2014 for the Best Directional Collection.

Subsequently , Pam has  consulted  policy makers on  refining the curriculum of  Fashion Degrees in various African universities. Her vision is to see an industry that not only has individual winners, but steers towards boosting an economic revolution through fashion. Vanhuvamwe has progressed this year, the designer bags are now manufactured in Kenya and Zimbabwe, and sold in various boutiques and galleries in seven different countries.  Later on this year , vanhuvamwe will be launching its first clothing line. Pam has just finished the final edit on the academic book she has authored on African fashion.

One cannot help but fall in love with these quirky bags. Please check them out on

Advice from Pam:

  1. A lack of consistency can bring on a lack of interest, therefore one has to keep persisting.
  2. Continue to write the emails, knocking  on the doors, one day someone will open, but it will not be to let you in but to chase you , because you will be that good!
  3. You never lose, either you win or you learn!

Pam aspires to be the modern day ‘ Mbuya Mulambo’, a story teller that changes lives through her love for fashion. We look forward to seeing this vision come to fruition.


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