“Nampili” is the name of the new collection by the stylist and designer Anderson Rodrigues.
Why did choose this name?
I named my collection Nampili because it means in the Mandjaco ethnic group “Badjuda’” (girl) It’s a tribute to my beloved mother who belongs to that ethnic group.
Where does the inspiration for this collection come from?
Inspiration came from the great black women; who in politics, cinema and the fashion industry fought hard for black women to be considered beautiful, too. And also fought to occupy their spaces in society and in major decision-making.
How was the whole creation process?
The process took 5 months until the final product.
What do you expect from this collection?
I hope this collection will be seen in every corner of the world, because I worked really hard to achieve the result that people are now seeing.
How is the audience reacting since the launch?
The public has given very positive feedback, it was what I wanted and thank God everything went well.
What materials did you use on the?
The materials I used were the basic ones that we all use, fabrics with African prints and some western ones too — plus everything about my touches and my way.
Did you have support from any brand or someone for this collection?
I didn’t receive any financial support from anyone and no other brand. I was collecting small funds, buying the accessories little by little, the fabrics…everything was calmly planned and well thought out in every detail– but I always had moral support from my friends and also my uncle with whom I live.
Have you ever used our ‘pano de pinti’ in any of your collections?
Yes I’ve used our fabrics many times, my pieces were 90% made of ‘pano di pinti’. I just don’t do it now because it’s costly to bring the fabrics to London, but I do it, yes, a lot.
When did you start liking the fashion area?
I started to like fashion since high school. I always liked to be the different guy and always transformed my clothes so that I didn’t look like my classmates. After finishing high school, I went to study in Senegal and then I went to a modelling agency. Since than things have been flowing to this today.
Do you have any training in the field of fashion?
In Senegal I took an intensive fashion course for 3 months which I didn’t get to finish it because I had to go back to Guinea. But it is one of them ones, I had to go back to Guinea, however it is one of my goals now.
Do you have a family stylist?
I don’t have a stylist in my family or a tailor or anything like that.
If you weren’t a stylist what would you like to be?
If I weren’t a stylist, I would be a model or a dancer, because there are two other things that I also have a gift for.
Where can we find your clothing brand?
My brand can be purchased from me through my Facebook and Instagram.
How has the pandemic affected your life?
As I said before, this pandemic has changed the world and I am not left out. Since all my plans for this year have stood still, the bright side that seemed almost impossible to exist was the discovery of sewing — I had never done it before. And having more time to create, develop ideas, think well about life and my plans.
Have you ever done an International show?
I already participated in an international fashion show in Senegal in 2017, AEGBS fashion show.
What do you think about Guinean fashion?
Guinean fashion is evolving, I can say, frankly, but rather evolving. Because there are now many young people in the area of styling, as well as models, and people have already joined the fashion shows. Nowadays you do manage to have a full room at a Guinean fashion show; people do pay to attend fashion events.
Who inspires you in the fashion world? And outside of it who are your idols?
The people who inspire me in fashion are: Dina Adão, Umo Sy, Adama Paris, and my idol is Oliver.
How is Anderson Rodrigues out of fashion in everyday life?
Anderson Rodrigues out of fashion is a very nice young man, outgoing, I like to be with my friends, to talk, and to see some fashion contests. I like to cook and I love to dance.
Describe you in 3 words?
I am authentic, a dreamer and daring.
Indicate three qualities and three defects of yours?
Three qualities: kind, sincere and a good partner.
Three bad traits: impatient, anxious and lazy.
What is your biggest dream in fashion?
My biggest dream is to be an internationally known stylist, thus being able to take African culture, African fashion, African fabrics to the highest levels of fashion, breaking barriers, taboos and prejudice.
Written by: Cristina Fonseca
Translated by: Francisco Quijera