mSimps, a ghanaian design brand specialized in hand-made accessories such as bags, loafers, clutches, belts and slippers, has launched it’s online retail shop. Finally! I’m seriously happy about this! If you previously read one of my blogs about my trip to London back in August, I wrote about an african print bag by mSimps from the Hexagon Collection.
mSimps is a Ghanaian accessory-design house founded in August 2010 by Miss Mabel Simpson. mSimps specializes in hand-made, customized accessories including ladies hand bags, clutch purses, laptop bags/sleeves, hair and dress brooches, men’s slippers, iPad / Tablet covers, wallets, loafers etc.
The mission of mSimps is to provide African, trendy, quality and affordable products. mSimps believes in elegance in simplicity. mSimps designs are inspired by African fashion and Ethnic prints especially its colours and patterns.
mSimps focuses on superior quality to satisfy all market segments with emphasis on chic designing, cost control and customer relations. mSimps collections are trendy, bold, original and represent the true African. Each product is unique in the originality of design. Many a time, customers presume an mSimps bag is a reformed, revamped or refurbished product from a well-known designer, but that is not the case. Every mSimps product is hand-made and developed from scratch.
All mSimps products are one-offs. Two people do not own the same item. To make sure you are buying an original mSimps product, please look out for our unique nameplate on the product or a branded zip puller.
In 2010, mSimps supported PlanIt Ghana with their Love Your World 5000 project, a charity show in aid of Autism.
In May 2011 mSimps had the privilege to participate in Virgin Atlantic’s 1st anniversary celebrations in Ghana. Again, in December of that same year, mSimps provided handbags to be used as props for KSM’s politically acclaimed comedy show ‘Afia Siriboe for President’. That same month also saw mSimps provide footwear for the MC’s of Charterhouse Productions’ stage comedy show ‘1013 Laughs and Music’. That same year, Mabel was a part of the 10 finalists of My Business 2011, a business mentorship competition organised by Joy FM and 2nd runner up in the UT/Enablis Business LaunchPad competition. Mabel loves to share her story and ideas and has had the opportunity to speak to and inspire a cross-section of students at various levels of schooling, including students from Ashesi University. She has also addressed a youth forum on entrepreneurship in Accra and Kumasi organised by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.
In March 2012, mSimps supported radio presenter and fashion designer, Kofi Okyere Darko at his nineteen57 clothing label launch. In August 2012, mSimps participated in the Glitz Africa Fashion Week exhibition and received a nomination for Accessory Designer of the Year award at the Ghana Fashion Awards. Every other month or during public holidays, mSimps teams up with 3 other brands namely Hatsoff, INKA and Mardi Gras bakery (H.I.M.MS) to hold exhibitions. Although it’s described as a fun day, the serious aspect is the benefit that we bring in the merging of our clients and the support and encouragement we offer each other. Clients, both old and new get to shop and mingle with the business owners as well as network with other shoppers.
In June 2013, mSimps partook in the Southern African International Trade Exhibition (SAITEX 2013) and Africa’s Big 7 (AB7) events. These events offer the most extensive range of international business opportunities in Africa.Mabel Simpson has been a respondent to the BBC Africa Debate in June 2013, a panel member on a Knowledge Fair Dialogue on Youth Entrepreneurship organized by the World Bank. Her invitations have been as a result of her reputation as an outstanding entrepreneur with an emerging business which is making a steady progress in the Ghanaian fashion landscape.
The ultimate goal of mSimps is to produce quality hand-made Made-In-Ghana products, be recognised in Africa and beyond in the next 10 years whilst projecting Ghana and Africa fashion on the global map and establish a fashion and entrepreneurial training facility to educate and equip the youth with skills especially those from the deprived areas.
Photo credit: mSimps