Ima Uko from Los Angeles, California is the owner of Hooked by Ima which features chic handmade crochet items for kids and adults. She provided Fresh Kid Nation an exclusive interview about her brand and design inspiration!
I started out designing for children after having been invited to so many baby showers and seeing the lack of new, fresh, gift ideas that not only mommy would enjoy but the child as well. While I have always been creative and an entrepreneur at heart, I decided to tap into the children’s market by using the traditional art form of crochet and giving it a trendy feel by using bright colors and modern patterns.
Hooked by Ima is different because everything is handmade, unique and one-of-a kind. I use soft and quality yarns, everything is created in a smoke-free and pet-free environment and its not your typical “grandma’s crochet”! It’s not everyday that you can go to a major retailer and purchase a handmade blanket or pair of booties th
at will last for many years to come and serve as a keepsake. Because of the cool colors and fun designs, Hooked by Ima has become a favorite amongst many children and their parents. Hooked by Ima has amazing clientele that includes some of today’s top celebrities and their children. Once you’ve been “Hooked”, you’ll come back again!
Where do you get your ideas from and what or who inspires you as a designer?
I get my ideas from doing research on what’s trendy in the fashion world and what I think people will like. I’m all about the girly, chic, fabulous little girl! And for little boys, they should be dapper and put together well. Sometimes I will go to sleep and wake up with an idea or see colors in my dreams; I have a true vision and gift from God to create and I am humbled that He has chosen me to bring forth fashion that people will love and appreciate. Those who are creative and innovative and really desire to be trendsetters in the world inspire me. Some of my fashion forward friends will challenge me with new ideas and I do my best to create them and bring them to life!
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