Hello, Assalama Alaikum, my name is Mariya Sani Bello famously know as Mariri… I am a mother, a fashion designer, a teacher and also a student.
I am the creative designer behind purple_stitches a contemporary handmade African print clothing and accessories brand with a significant focus on kids.
Mariya Sani Bello
Location: No. 71 Ahmadu bello way, Kano
About: Founder Purple_Stitches. -Est.2016
I learnt how to sew on my own, my mother had a sewing machine, and anytime I come home after school I jump on it to practice. The practice became my daily routine, while other kids play with toys and dolls, you will find me in a corner cutting piece of clothes I collected from tailor’s shops making little dresses for our dolls…
I started @purple_stitches with zero capital, back then in Udus I collect fabrics from family and friends and sew them during the holidays…
Below is the first dress I made.
In 2013, I got married and moved to Kaduna, I was tired of staying at home and doing nothing because I am a very active person. Luckily, I got a job as a teacher; however, deep down I knew I was not going to be in it for long, hence, I decided to pursue my dream and start working on a new project, and that project was creating a brand that will be able to make affordable yet qualitative kids clothing and accessories. So, I started saving money from my teaching job to make my dream come true.
I made an announcement via text message that I am into tailoring services but for kids only. So I started by collecting fabrics of my neighbours, family and friends which I make them with my neighbour’s sewing machine. Eventually I bought mine with a 3months untouched salary I saved from my teaching job, I couldn’t even get a new one, the money wasn’t enough, but I do not want to give up, so I bought a second-hand sewing machine, and the rest they say is history because now I have about 10 industrial sewing machines and whipping machine.
I have people that will equip me with everything I need; however, I find it difficult to ask, I am so obsessed of being independent, I always want to do things on my own, so it makes me sad asking others for money and things like that.
Alhamdulillah, is all I can say, the struggles, the trials and errors, the ups and downs, words couldn’t describe how hard I worked to build my brand, and I promise to tell my story one day with my shoulders up high, and I believe it will change lives and motivate minds…
In 2014, I lunched purple_stitches on Instagram selling fabrics and costumes, fast-forward to 2016, I decided to focus on kids wears only, and I made my first collection and sold everything. It was a massive motivation for me.
Additionally, alhamdulillah I have given a lot of young boys opportunity to work with me, we make both male and female wears, we make turbans, we make abayas and easy wears.
Just recently I opened a tailoring institute where I am currently training people, and it has been an enormous success, I believe I alone cannot cloth the whole Nigeria, we need more people to come in because together we can make a difference.
So Alhamdulillah, I am proudly a self-taught tailor, and I urge all that have the desire of achieving something to work hard on it, and know that quitting is not an option.