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Teen Entrepreneur Designs Clothing Line That Unites African and American Styles

Source: Kick Starter

Source: Kickstarter

She’s only 16, but Kubrat Salaam is dreaming in bold colors and vibrant prints. The student at Martin Luther King High School in Riverside, California, is trying to raise $50,000 to launch her women’s clothing line. Her company, called Kubitees because it started with T-shirts, combines African and American styles to celebrate the two cultures Salaam loves.

She has designed a 15-piece spring/summer clothing collection called “The Bridge” that unites American styles with African fabrics in affordable prices. The tops, skirts, pants and jackets range from sizes XS to XL, and retail for about $38 to $80.

“The clothes aren’t just for African people, but anyone interested in nice fabrics, lively prints and colors,” Salaam said.

Salaam, who was born in Inglewood and whose parents are Nigerian, has nailed everything from the designs to the manufacturer. Everything, that is, but enough money to fund her fledgling venture. Since July 11, when she turned to Kickstarter, a crowdfunding platform, she’s raised $500, far short of her goal needed to cover product development, finalize designs and patterns and her first production run.

The minimum pledge is $1, but there are rewards for pledges of $5 or more as they increase to $500.

To help fund Salaam’s clothing line, go to the Kickstarter campaign, go to her website:; or email [email protected]




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