Kanayo Ebi, a celebrity stylist and image consultant with a bold sporty-chic style, recently launched the ‘Kach Me If You Can‘ showroom in the thriving arts community of Long Island City. Through the use of public relations, branding, and styling, Ebi hopes to bridge the gap between new and emerging designers with industry vets interested in groundbreaking fashion designs.
Ebi, well known for her fashion credits for celebs like Angela Simmons, has been tapped to style some other notable names in entertainment by publications and celebrities, including Kate Winslet, Adrienne Bailon, Bridget Kelly, Leona Lewis, Mack Wilds, Rocsi Diaz and Tika Sumpter, as well as Jet, Hype Hair, and the Saturday Telegraph magazine, plus campaigns for Coca-Cola, the BET Awards, Bikini hair extensions and the clothing line Foofi.
But beyond her passion for styling everything from looks on the red carpet to TV commercials and print ads, Ebi has expanded her talents to the design world. “Doing what I love to do every day, and being able to grow and be successful at it, is one of my greatest accomplishments,” said Ebi. “I recently partnered up with Thandos shoes and designed my own foldable flats called ‘kachmeifyoucan.’ It did so well that I was asked to create a second edition called ‘kachmeifyoucan-midnight.’ I’m also working on my own fashion line as we speak.”Image File: Innocente Messy
With plans to help designers flourish on the international scene, the Kach Me If You Can showroom, features a collection of one-of-a-kind designers from different parts of the globe, exhibiting an array of fashion conscious trends from classic ready-to-wear attire to avant-garde pieces including footwear, jewelry, and accessories. “I get a thrill from discovering and developing new brands and watching it blossom from something good into something great,” said Ebi. During a recent trip to London, I met two incredibly talented UK based designers —- Innocente Messy, a London College of Fashion graduate, and Raaah (by Rahima Mohamed, an emerging cutting edge vintage-enthused designer) —- and I was absolutely blown away by their designs, detail and story. When I got back (to New York), I set up the showroom and immediately signed them.
While experience is a critical ingredient for Kanayo’s success, social media has also helped her turn vision into reality. “Instagram and my blog are my top tools to connect with an audience,” said Ebi. With Instagram, it allows you to share many different aspects of your life and work through pictures, in addition to connecting and keeping up with other like-minded professionals. It’s a great platform for me to discover and connect with new and emerging designers worldwide, including stylists and publications/sites. My blog is a window to share things that I love and find in my travels, work, and life. It’s like my little lifestyle diary for my readers to get to know me.”