My favorite lyrics repeatedly rang in my mind as I made preparations to fly out to the Big Apple.
“It was all a dream, I used to read it on Word up magazine”, these lyrics are from a famous song called Juicy.
Showcasing Lukagwa’s Shela collection in New York,NY NOW 2015 was a dream come true.
Once the cold air from the air conditioning slapped my face I knew I was in a different world.
I spent a number of days in New Jersey in a nice neighborhood that was populated with the Latino community.
My days in the city of New York were filled with long walks trying to find my way around and frequently getting lost in between avenues and streets.
Every day was a compulsory workout until I mastered the art of using Google Maps to find my way around.
The friendly nature of the Americans took to me and the junk food made my appetite shrink.
In the midst of all of this unfamiliarity I found a place I called home in Queens Borough; a small apartment that was filled with love and warmth. My host Margaret was very pleasant and welcoming, her good nature helped ease the hustle of the city.
Being your typical tourist I made a point to visit Times Square, 5th Avenue, Mac Store, The streets of Brooklyn and Empire state building. I missed out on the statue of liberty and the amazing museums which are definitely on my bucket list.
My main reason for being in New York was to attend NY NOW Artisan Resource at the Javits Center.
This is a yearly event that showcases handmade products and home décor items. This year in the month of August more than 200 exhibitors from different parts of the world gathered at Javits center for the famous NY Now event. The different levels on Javits were filled with creativity that was magnificent and breathtaking.Lukagwa was part of the Market Incubator Program hosted by By Hand consulting at the NY Now. This program offers enlightenment on the products for overseas markets and connects artisans with wholesale buyers.
During this show I networked with people from different cultural backgrounds and countries. The exchange of information and ideas was an invaluable experience. Pam Friedlander an image consultant of Positive Reflections had a deep liking for our African jewelry and wore it to her convention. The Masai beaded necklaces were popular because of their colorful and vibrant nature. The choker necklaces appealed to specific buyers because of their dainty and elegant style.
This event which was hosted at the Javits center had a good attendance by people from different parts of the world. It wasn’t all work a little bit of play was added to the event. We had a cocktail party to network with fellow exhibitors.