Coming from a family of fashion lovers, designing was instilled into Reneta from birth.
However, just because you grew up learning the art, doesn’t mean it was going to be a smooth journey. It was in 2010 that she finally mustered the courage to turn her passion into a business venture .
Was there a business plan? Was she perfect ? Was she ready ? , all of these thoughts kept running though her mind but did she let them stop her from acquiring her dreams? .
“So far my journey has been a difficult one from when I started back in 2010. My first 4 years were very interesting, until I started releasing designs my self. I had to self teach myself to sew and I got into problems with clients but yet I knew I was learning and never gave up. To some I had to do a refund or I replace every thing. It took me 2015- 2017 to be at least better not perfect.”
Reneta is daring, fearless , and a go- getter. The kind of attitude which led her to birth Mareta west designs with just her compassion for fashion. No huge budget, no networks, no connections, no fan base etc.
Furthermore, her perseverance and determination, took her to unimaginable heights . It is one thing to have a dream, and another thing to bring that dream into fruition.
Her sleepless nights and days, trying to do better, studying and practicing , her hardwork and exuberance landed her awards , on shows and many other huge platforms
” I have been featured in three online magazines Tropics magazine,Cameroon travelers magazine and Fashizblack. So far through my journey I have released just 3 collections. I have been to different fashion competitions like Guinness style black sew black in 2015, my little Cameroon and also online about three of them.”
But, there’s no life without obstacles, no journey without road blocks .
So endeavor to live the Life of Your Dreams. When you start, there will always be obstacles, doubters, mistakes and setbacks along the way. But with hard work, perseverance and self-belief there is no limit to what you can achieve.
” I faced alot of obstacles through out my journey up to the point I almost gave up. But each time I tried giving up, something always comes in to motivate me not to, it feels like God doesn’t want me too stop and I am grateful to him because all this energy and time was his doing.”
Reneta’s works and passion has impacted several youths and still aims at inspiring more to keep pushing .
“At the beginning I was doing it for the passion and I forgot the business side of it. Honestly I know I have inspired alot of young and old people and i am happy i did.The only impact I want to create is better my craft and make my fashion brand be known by many in the world, that’s why this year I will be doing my ready to wear collections after staying for almost 6years without any collection.
Honestly I don’t know why I am so much in love with this business despite so many failures. I have tried so many times to drift away from this business, but then God takes me back to it. I love fashion, I am happy I have learned alot this past years, from areas like business of Fashion, from clients, from social media platforms like Italian fashion school, which once in a while does free studies in fashion, from other fashion brands I follow around the world.”
” Life throws challenges and every challenge comes with rainbows and lights to conquer it.”
Nothing is predestined. The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings. So Renata hasn’t stopped dreaming for mareta west designs and she expects her brand to perform better in the years to come .
” My expectations will start from me, I want to be great in producing my craft, not perfect because there is nothing that is perfect. The rest of my expectations, I want it to come as a surprise in a positive way.
In 5years,I don’t really know, to be honest but I wish my fashion brand be known to the world, i wish to impact people positively through my brand.
The only way I can grow the brand, is by learning daily and correcting the mistakes from the past.”
Nonetheless , with what she has been through, her experience in success, failures, betrayal etc she needs to teach someone out there aspiring to be like her the truth.
” My only advice is for them to be determined, don’t let negative energy get in your way, don’t join the negative side. Always learn and know the costumer is always right. Before, I thought I was brave in my mistakes with clients but I was wrong.(I apologies to all my clients I hurt and I promise to make it).
Be strong for yourself and put God first.”
Today Reneta is one of the best and most stylish fashion designers in Cameroon . Plus she’s an entrepreneur.
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