POISA – adding poise to design

POISA (the word comes from the Taita language meaning ‘to craft‘) is a boutique design house in Kenya that is draped in talent and a fantastic eye for minute detail.

POISA is Patricia Mbela’s creation. From the stunning jewelry to her elegant fashion designs, it is obvious that she has a gifted vision for fashion.

She  studied Fashion Design at London’s Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design and then went on to Kent Institute of Art and Design, Rochester Campus.

A veteran fashion designer, who has been on the scene for over 16 year, Patricia Mbela was voted the East African Designer of the Year 2011 at the Swahili Fashion Week. She was nominated again in 2012. She won two Kenya fashion Awards(KFA) – Established Designer of the Year (2014), and KFA 2015 showcasing designer.

Mbela likens her fashion to wearable art, and it does work as such, with different textures pulling together a flawless, elegant look.

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