We had the good fortune of connecting with Mahlet Yohannes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mahlet, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Silks of Sheba is influenced by my many years of traveling across the world. I immersed myself in the different cultures, languages, and experiences that I encountered throughout my career. In the past 10+ years, I have been lucky enough to visit more than 70 countries. This has been a wonderful way to see the world and become immersed in the design community.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
She launched Silks of Sheba to celebrate her African heritage while empowering local artisan communities and supporting nonprofit charities that build water wells in rural Africa.
Silks of Sheba is a line that reflects an effortless sense of style that upholds the dynamic heritage and cultural background of Africa. As a completely female-driven company, we aim to contribute and support women. Women from all walks of life inspire her daily and wants to create stylish, diverse accessories and clothing suitable for versatile lifestyles. The products are a wearable work of art.
I works closely with female artisans who each will design a limited edition, full of colorful metaphors, and each product has a story to tell.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The Washington harbor
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My husband who have been incredibly supportive through out the journey.