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Meet Fiona Kikoyo of Last Lust in Billerica

Today we’d like to introduce you to Fiona Kikoyo.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Fiona. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Growing up I always wanted to be an entrepreneur, I just did not know exactly what I wanted to do, one thing I knew is that I am highly passionate and a creative person, and just had wait till something would catch my eye. I started making clothes when I was about 17, I could never wear them because my family told me it was too sexy. Coming from a culture in Uganda where women can’t express themselves in such a manner where being sexy is forbidden. I felt like I had no freedom to be me.

As I got older I started to free to wear anything I wanted without having to explain myself, my friends always looked forward to seeing what I was wearing. One evening a friend of mine told me she was proud and envious about how I wasn’t afraid to express myself through my clothing. It was something as simple as a slip dress that I made for my robe. The next time I went out to a restaurant I wore a robe as a dress, someone the bathroom asked me where I purchased it, right there in that moment I knew what I wanted to do.

I went home researched everything I could find about robes. I did not know anything about starting a business besides being behind a lab desk. I cut up almost all myself and stitched them back up for months so that I can perfect my craft.

I am a single mom to a three-year-old, I was scared to take big financial risks. I did not know where I would get the funds to get it up and running. I prayed and decided at that point I was going to give this business to God and let him run it. I made 50 robes, booked my first vendors market.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
No not all, finding balance in my personal and professional life is something I struggle with daily. Since I do not have the financial freedom, I am in school and must give my son undivided attention, it does get hard a couple times. I have days where I do not sleep so that I can at-least make one robe. I had to learn how to make a website by myself it was exciting and exhausting. I almost have a couple mental breakdowns, but I have the most amazing friends that help me calm down.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the LAST LUST story. Tell us more about the business.
I make robes, kimonos, beachwear and pillows. I love when a bride purchases one my robes for her special. I literally do a happy dance that some could trust me and make me a part of their day. I am proud of the fact that I have run and done everything for my business alone. It has helped grow and learn my strengths and weakness.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I would not say it is luck. It is prayer. I have a praying mother and sisters. They are my back bone. My son is one of my biggest motivation, I want to leave him something he can be proud of. Days when I want to give up I look at my son, that’s enough for me to pick myself up and get it together. My life and business are in God’s hands, he runs it all.

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Image Credit:
Photographer-jennifer Misfit
Instagram @jennifermisfit

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