CheckoutAfrica Interviewed the owner of Lumumba Revolution and here is what she had to say.
My real name is Maria-Yvette Winters, but I prefer to be called LUR (Lumumba Revolution)
My passion for clothes started about 15 yrs ago when I was living in Helsinki.
With a closet with full of clothes i still was having a hard time finding anything to wear. I began to design clothes in my head, then translated my ideas to the best tailors in helsinki. This was exciting and successful, but ridiculously expensive. Finland is an expensive place to live, even if one isn’t having all of one’s clothes custom-made. The feeling of being exceptional, of being being dressed exactly as I wished to be, down to the last stitch, and button; that was worth it. It was a struggle, but I was determined and ambitious.
In 2011, I moved to London to study fashion design. Three years later, I was living in Los Angeles, and I realized that I would encounter the same problem anywhere in the world; I wanted every detail of my style to be perfect, not off-the-rack. I started to sew clothes seriously for the first time, and because I am a perfectionist, I failed, failed, and failed again. But each time was a revelation, and with each failure, I got closer to the perfection I was looking for.
My designs are powerfully feminine, chic and dangerous. My inspiration is Patrice Lumumba, a man who fought for the independence of my homeland: Congo. He was a man of grace and style, a man who stood against the military thugs who dominated the continent at the time. And even though he was ruthlessly killed by those who feared a free and independent Congo, his legacy lives on. His independent spirit and African sense of bold style is a continual inspiration to me as a designer.