Renée Q. Boateng the creative director of Renee Q, grew up in Ghana and later went to University in the UK. Upon her return after a few years of study and work she set up the indelible Renee Q brand and made her way to the top rung of the design ladder in Ghana. One Nigerian Boy talks all things with the designer.
- When did you realize your talent?
From as long as I can remember. I’ve always liked to modify my clothes and jewellery. As a child I used to make little dresses for my Barbie & Cindy dolls from my old clothes and pieces of fabric I would find anywhere…
- What were your first design expressions you remember from your childhood?
Making dresses for my Barbie & Cindy dolls, adding fabric to their braids and making necklaces out of fabric, rubber bands, beads and little Christmas decorations.
- When did you launch your label?
I started making & selling accessories formally as a business in 2007. I launched my clothing line RenéeQ bespoke in 2008.
- What influenced your unique fusion of Ankara print and jersey?
I was looking for a different wear of wearing Ankara. I loved the fabrics but was tired of the usual “slit & kaba” which is the typical Ghanaian style. I always felt really dressed up or formal. I wanted something contemporary, stylish and easy to wear but also something that will turn heads…
- Who is the typical RenéeQ woman?
Stylish, fun, classy, unique and confident!
- What are your bestsellers?
My tees are doing amazingly well but ever since Will & Kate’s wedding, my fascinators are selling out!
Regarding your accessories line-
>Where do you source your material from?
I travel a lot… I like to visit different countries so I buy material from every country I visit. I’d say that’s why I always have unique and different things. One thing I’m particular about though, is the quality and finishing of my products so I don’t compromise on that. The UK and US tend to be more pricey but I prefer to buy my findings from there.
> Where did you learn to make them?
I haven’t had any formal training in making accessories. I’d say it’s a blessing, a gift from God. In the past, I have made such beautiful designs and haven’t been able to repeat them so if I sold them, then that would be it – a unique design. That’s what my clients really loved that my designs aren’t common.
> Are they all made in Ghana?
By the divine grace of God, my business has expanded. I make jewellery, fascinators, clothes and I’m also a stylist and makeup artist. Hence, I don’t always have the time to make all the accessories so I have some ladies in other countries I send my designs to for production.
> Do you offer bespoke/made to order pieces?
Yes I do.