In today’s episode, I catch up with Uchenna & Chioma Ngwudo. Not only are they sisters with an eye for African headwraps but they are the Founders/CEO’s of the e-commerce powerhouse, Cee Cee’s Closet NYC!
Cee Cee’s Closet NYC showcases the beauty of Nigerian culture, through its stylish, fashionable headwraps and bold prints that have been worn by the likes of actress Tracee Eliss Ross, Tiffany Hadish and beauty influencer Jackie Aina, to name a few! Cee Cee’s NYC Closet has also been featured in numerous publications such as Time Out NY, ELLE, Allure, Teen Vogue, Essence, glamour magazine and more!
Even with Chioma and Uchenna’s extraordinary success, Cee Cee’s Closet NYC continues to give back to the community by creating equitable paying jobs and by providing economic opportunities in communities that are traditionally low/non-paying exploitative industries in Africa. Cee Cee’s Closet NYC remarkably bridges the gap between taking care of your curls with protective yet fashionable headwear.
Their Mission: (excerpt from Cee Cee’s Closet NYC)
Headwraps are a timeless expression of African culture and beauty – a bold and vibrant fashion statement for women of color. Cee Cee’s Closet’s headwraps were born out of a more practical need.
When Uchenna wanted to take better care of her curls with protective yet fashionable headwear, she couldn’t find anything in the market that reflected her personal style: bold, colorful, feminine, and fly. But she didn’t give up!
Instead of settling for her old Ankara scarf, Uchenna and her sister Chioma connected with tailors in Nigeria.
Much to their delight, they found beautiful, colorful fabric of exquisite quality that they could never dream of finding in NYC!
They knew right away that they HAD to bring this to the women of color in the U.S – who deserved to express their heritage in stunning, authentic African headwraps just as much as their sisters in Africa!
Fast-forward four years and Cee Cee’s Closet has taken over Instagram, sold over 30,000 gorgeous headwraps and expanded into fashion-forward clothing, waistbands, and earrings.
But that’s not what makes them get out of bed every day . . .
“While we’re very proud of what we’ve accomplished, it can’t compare to the lives we are changing back in Nigeria, and here in the U.S. Our tailors have honed their skills and learned so much working with us. Today they’re able to send their kids to school, get proper healthcare, and dream of a future. THAT’S the impact we’ve always wanted for our business!” – Uchenna and Chioma
The sisters believe that ALL women have the right to be colorful, engaging, and be who they were meant to be on this earth despite the push to conform. – from Cee Cee’s Closet NYC
In this episode, you’ll learn:
- What led Uchenna to yearn for a more fashionable way to protect her curls.
- How Chioma and Uchenna make sure to keep the customer number one.
- How Chioma and Uchenna give back to the communities in Africa through Cee Cee’s Closet NYC.
- Why it is so important to stay grounded and connected to the consumer through the use of social media.
- How Chioma and Uchenna have expanded their line since launching Cee cee’s Closet NYC 5 years ago.
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