Our Story

How it all began...

While watching the series “Orange is the new black”, Melanie got inspired to start designing her own clothes. 

From a good friend, she received some wax-print fabric as a gift. That inspired her to combine wax-print fabric with unicolored cotton material. After making a pair of leggings with a fitting jacket, Melanie started developing a passion for designing and sewing more and more. 

Hence, more pieces, positive feedback and interest from family, friends and other people from her network followed and led to the idea of starting an own business. The motivation to do so was twofold: First, to create her own style and individual clothes and, second, to fulfill the wish of raising more awareness and acceptance for more culturally diverse fashion at the workplace.

In the sense of "let your dreams be your wings", Melanie started a distance learning course for fashion design in summer 2019. Beginning 2020, she was able to graduate. This was the foundation to register and officially start her business called: Ndáko.

Fully in the motto of: The World is Home to Us All - Wear Culture!

In summer 2020, Steven joined Ndáko and we decided to build up our business together. From this point on, we were able to set our next steps quickly. After we met Mary for the first time, we noticed that we have a click and should work together. Within a month of time, we were able to manufacture our first collection. One year after registering Ndáko at the Chamber of Commerce, we had our first photoshoots and started preparing our next step: Going live... And here we are!

Our Mission & Vision

In a globalized world, cultures always cross national borders. It is our ambition to create elegant fashion which reflects this. Our vision is to combine traditional prints together with western business fashion.

 

With traditional prints we mean for instance wax prints, handlooms and many others. We see it as our mission to broadcast interculturality in fashion and in every inspiring and fruitful way that can help mutual respect, love and understanding.

Let's introduce the people behind Ndáko!

We are Steven and Melanie, a multicultural, married couple! 
Our home is this planet and this is what we want to show in fashion.

Melanie Krausa

Founder & Designer

This is Melanie, she is the founder and designer of Ndáko. Melanie's passion for colorful fabrics and creating her own style drove her to design clothes which she could also wear at work. As this passion grew bigger, she feels that this would be her way to express herself and contribute to a more openminded community. This means combining elements of different cultures in fashion designs.

Steven Kamashi-Krausa

COO & Co-Owner

This is Steven, he is Chief Operating Officer and Co-Owner of Ndáko. Steven joined Ndáko the moment we figured that Melanie was lost in creativity. As Steven has an organizational talent and loves administration, he started bringing back structure to our business. Next to that, he is also innovative and acts out his passion for circular economy by working on a plan for our portfolio.

Mary Drigball

Tailor

This is Mary, our lovely and talented tailor. She is self-employed as a tailor and also designs her own fashion. Next to that, she loves our idea and wants to help with our production line. Mary is very creative and passionate about fashion. This is also visible in our first collection as she added her personal touch to every piece that was created.

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