Hello, I am very excited to have you on my blog.
Ciaa:How and why did you start your own line?
CM: I think it was over a telephone call two summers ago. We wandered off topic and started raving over our secret obsession with drawing clothes and turning it into a lifestyle.
Ciaa:Did you study fashion design in school?
CM: No actually we did not; Architecture & Biology- Maryanne and Stephanie respectively.
Ciaa: Who are your favorite African designers?
CM: We are fans of Alphadi and Louise Niamen.
Ciaa: How did you come up with the name Côté Minou ?
CM: Well Côté is french for corner, side. Minou is a combination of both myself and Stephanie's nick names. Therefore Côté Minou is where Stephanie and Maryanne meet.
Ciaa: What is the inspiration behind your designs?
CM: Africa its culture as well a number of other aspects. Rhythm, geometry, structure, pattern, texture, nature, music, dance...art in general. All with a mix of modern and traditional concepts.
Ciaa: Do you plan on expending in the future like having an online store , or a regular store?
CM: Yes..Yes....we intend to be featured in a number of stores in the US cities and other countries. We would also like to have our own boutique.
Ciaa:What are your plans for the next 5 years?
CM: E-Commerce Website, Being available at stores, Having a fashion house, Fashion Weeks, traveling, numerous editorial shoots, and many more fashion features.
Ciaa:I'm not a size 0 or 4, so do you have clothes for all body types?
CM: Yes we do. We have for any size. We normally readily have sizes 0-12 but we can customize any style for anyone at the same style price.
Ciaa:Where can our readers go in case they would like to purchase your clothes?
CM: We are available on Facebook. We have a group by the name Côté Minou . People can also contact us at email@example.com after viewing some of our works on our blog http://www.coteminou.blogspot.com/. We will be launching our website http://www.mycoteminou.com/ in a few weeks.
Ciaa:Last but not least what do you think of The African fashion ?
CM: It is growing very fast and people are definitely watching....This we are very excited about.
Ciaa: Thank you very much for your time, you are a great inspiration for all of us and I wish you all the best for any future project.
CM: Thank you Ciaa u and best wishes to you and your audience as well.