She is the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of NHN Couture. The acronym NHN stands for her full name – Nkechi Harry Ngonadi. The native of Abagana, Anambra State, is a graduate of Urban and Regional Planning from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State.
You may then be tempted to ask what has Urban and Regional Planning got to do with fashion? For Nkechi, it gives her a lot of inspiration in her creative designs.
She says, “My creative style and colour combinations are drawn from my study as an Urban and Regional Planning graduate. I help people to source for fabrics and direct them to the right tailors to design them. But God directed me in 2014 to open a fashion outfit to promote decency. I love beautiful colours, I love fashion accessories.
“I realised how people admired my dressing in church and poses on social media after church services. In fact, I got inspired with the way people called or sent messages on social media seeking what to wear on a particular event, which I delightfully attended to. Fashion is all about simplicity and decency, it portrays your personality, either positively or negatively.”
Unapologetic about her faith, stance and boldness, Nkechi has taken decency beyond the runway in Lagos to the Middle East and Eastern Europe and she fears no competition in the fashion entrepreneur space.
Why would you want the whole world to see what should be covered? You can be covered up and still look good, classy and sexy
Nkechi is, therefore, of the view that decency speaks volume concerning the life, character and integrity of an individual.
“This is because people tend to address you the way they see you. Why would you want people guessing who you are, or who you are not by your dressing, especially when it comes to development and career? The person who looks decently dressed and put together, always gets considered first,” she said.
Sounding a note of caution on indecent dressing, she says, “Why would you want the whole world to see what should be covered? Our motto is ‘decent, classy and yet sexy,’ we still use the word ‘sexy’ because people need to know that you can be covered up and still look good, classy and sexy.”