Fashionprenuer: Brian Ahumuza, alias Abryanz is celebrity stylist and fashion entrepreneur. He is the brain behind the annual fashion event- Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards that awards fashion personalities .Gloria Haguma had a chat with him.
Brian Ahumuza, Celebrity stylist
How do you describe yourself?
Down to earth, humble, God-fearing, approachable, positive, loving, hardworking but also very protective of myself as a person.
How has the lockdown affected you?
Businesswise, I have made losses. But the magnitude is not so severe because I’ve been trying to figure out how to do business without having to travel. This is the longest period I have spent without traveling for business. But the lockdown has also had some positives. I got out my comfort zone and I am thinking of new ideas of how best to push my business and brand forward.
What were some of your best childhood memories?
My childhood wasn’t glamourous. But I miss the moments I would spend with my mother and relatives. The Christmas season was also memorable because I always looked forward to having new clothes.
What did you want to become when you were a child?
I wanted to become a teacher. I loved the control teachers had over pupils. I also liked the moments when they caned students. So for me it was the element of control/power/authority they had over students that made me admire the profession. I looked at teachers as some kind of gods.
What has been your best moment?
Every year is the best moment for me, because I get better at my job. So my best year is always the year that I’m. Every year is better than the last. And that’s because I always strive to grow and be better with each passing year.
How do you deal with stalkers?
This is one of the most difficult things for me to handle, because I’m both a public figure and a business person. So setting these two apart can be quite the challenge. On the one hand, you want to have your private life, yet on the other hand, you want to be building a sound business with all kinds of people. I want to be accessible and reliable when to my clients. Sometimes, stalkers disguise themselves as clients. So you have to respond and be careful on how you respond to them. It’s quite tricky.
What’s your philosophy in life?
Being true to oneself. That’s one thing that has guided me in life.
If you had to collaborate with any top fashion brand, who would that be?
Of course it would have to be with South African fashion designer, David Tlale. I admire him; he is fashion icon.
What kind of legacy do you want to leave?
I want my work to have an impact on young people, 50 years from now. And I believe with what I’ve done in the last 10 years, I am already building a legacy in the fashion industry.
What advice would you give your child?
I would want my child to work for their own money. I don’t believe in generational wealth. I would want my children to set up their own legacies and not try to eat off of my sweat.
What kind of Uganda do you wish to see?
One without negative energy, no beef, where we all support, appreciate each other’s work, collaborate as artistes, and spread love.
What inspired you into the fashion business?
My mother and aunts inspired me. My mother was a tailor running a retail boutique in Masindi and I grew up seeing her making nice outfits. She was also a wedding planner and a baker. So growing up in this environment triggered my passion for fashion.