UZI Collections was founded in July 2015 by Rwandans, Nathalie and Laurene, as a result of their passion and love for fashion. Their main focus is to create a brand of impact that empowers young people and to increase the economy of Rwanda through the fashion industry.
UZI Collections has become an established name in the Rwandan fashion industry. For instance, UZI is part of Collective Rwanda, a fashion platform with six other established brands who work in collaboration with experts to support and promote Rwanda’s dynamic fashion sector. In addition, UZI have partnered with a boutique called Bold Africa. Bold Africa includes a collection of African designers, with stores in both Kigali and Kampala. UZI is also available on online platforms such as Ronkos and Made in Rwanda. These platforms distribute products across the USA and Canada, and soon in Europe. UZI also have their own retail store for male and female wear located in Kigali-Rwanda.
Raw materials are an essential part of product quality. Productions is carried out at UZI’s main site in Kicukiro. A network of external suppliers both from Rwanda and Tanzania, work in partnership with UZI. UZI use batik fabric. Batik is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth. The batik highlights the unique spirit expressed by UZI products.
UZI specialise in men’s shirts, as well as women’s shirts, skirts and dresses
Rwema Umutoni Laurene
has dreamt of creating her own fashion brand from an early age. In 2013, Laurene started a part-time job. However, a year later she realised that there was an opportunity in the fashion industry in Rwanda. It is a relatively new market, with a huge potential for growth, with limited competition. From this, Laurene connected with Nathalie.
Remera Mukahigiro Nathalie
has wanted to start her own business since a young age. Nathalie started as a sales assistant, before joining forces with Laurene to become Sales and Marketing Director at UZI Collections. Nathalie is now also in pursuit of a bachelor degree in Marketing. This will enable her to continue the development of UZI Collections.