I dropped out of university to make jewelry, I have no regrets, says Glena De Guzman

Glena De Guzman, 37, is the owner of the Made in Kenya Store at The Alchemist Bar in Westlands, as well as the co-founder of Pink Savannah Jewellery brand. Photo | Pool

What you need to know:

  • Glena De Guzman, 37, is the owner of the Made in Kenya Store at The Alchemist Bar in Westlands, as well as the co-founder of Pink Savannah, a Jewelry brand 
  • She got in to the art business, after dropping out of University where she was studying International Relations and Human Resources

"I presently run the Made in Kenya store, where we showcase and sell over 40 local artisanal brands ranging from jewelry and leatherwork to fashion and homeware. For homeware, we have Kangarui who does quirky animal prints on plates, canvas, and pouches. Kapoeta does feather and brass jewelry while Boguk does fun hats embezzled in Maasai beads. Concrete roses do very cute painted denim jackets and onesies for children. We also have a men's range such as NC Nairobi who make cool new-age fashion for men, such as kimonos. About 80 percent of the brands are women-owned, such as Washindi Naturals who use natural dyes in their soaps and provide economic empowerment to communities around Nairobi. 

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