NOT-SO-SEXY With Kakra Juma Nuamah
The Toronto-based designer opens up on her outlook on work, sacred spaces, and creative balance.

Not-So-Sexy is an on-going series on Miilkiina.com profiling creatives around the world and their real, raw, and “not-so-sexy” work-from-home experiences. 

This week, we get intimate with Kakra Juma-Nuamah. Inspired by Italian luxe and driven by the need to inspire others to create, Kakra – an Ssense alumni – launched her own brand Outnumber in 2020, defeating the odds of the pandemic. We get into her routines, curating sacred spaces at home and work, and how she finds peace of mind. Keep reading for more Kakra. 

Tell us about your space. How does your home influence your creativity and peace of mind?

I live in a loft in downtown Toronto. At the time, looking back I manifested this space. I said I wanted a loft, with 30 ft ceilings, open space where the sun and lighting is highly favorable. A space I could create and live and feel open to do so. My environment is very integral to me, as with most people. I have to be mindful of my space and what or who I allow in, I’m very big on that. I can work at all hours of the day, whenever I want. It feels empowering especially during these times with uncertainty of lockdowns being lifted or not, to be able to still create in my space. I’m very grateful for what I have and look forward to more.

What is your favorite piece of furniture of decor in your home?

This marble slab we have. It’s beautiful, I use it for many things. Right now I use it as my healing space.

What went through your mind when Canada announced the first lockdown as an independent designer that was just starting out? 

I was a little worried but I knew no matter what that I would continue. I’m in a good position, still creating new pieces and working. I try not to let things out of my control dictate my path, they’re just distractions and things don’t last forever.

What has brought you joy in this year of self-isolation, introspection, and self-reinvention?

What has brought me joy is knowing how grateful and lucky I am. Things could be far worse. I’m lucky and grateful to be alive, to be able to have a home, heat, food, clothing and peace of mind. Like all humans we often strive for better and more and I do those things but it’s really important to also be present and understand what you have is already enough. Many people wish they could have what you and I have even 80% of that, these things can get lost in translation.

If Outnumber was a piece of art, which museum would it be residing in?

Tate Modern Museum in London.

How have you kept yourself productive? 

I kept myself productive by tuning out media and social media, the news. It can be very negative – majority of what is out there. So it’s helpful to tune that out and not get wrapped up. Staying attached to my goals, connecting with other creatives outside of the city, planning shoots, new drops, going for walks and enjoying the sun and nature. Knowing everyday is a new day and how fortunate I am to even have another day, another chance is what keeps me going.

What is your work uniform now that you can wear whatever you want whenever you want?

Lately I’ve been wearing a lot of comfortable sun dresses, as I like how free and feminine they make me feel. On the flip side I enjoy leisure wear – things like hoodies, bike shorts, oversized tops they can be comfortable. I like to have a balance. I like dressing up and putting myself together, it’s a fun and rewarding beauty ritual for me I take pride in. Most importantly I do this for myself, nobody else.

If you could pick a celebrity to be quarantined with, who would it be? What is the first place you will travel to once possible?

Steve Harvey, because he’s funny, has a great spirit, spiritual, and would be a pretty great mentor. The first place I would travel once possible is to the Caribbean! 

How do you disconnect from work now that we work and live all in the same place?

I disconnect from work by turning off work related features off. I’m always working on my brand though, behind the scenes. I don’t ever really turn that off, maybe take breaks but even than I’m always doing something that goes back to that. I don’t want to necessarily turn that side off, but maybe that’s just me.

What’s your go-to breakfast?

Depends on the mood, sometimes parfait with berries and homemade vanilla granola. Sometimes I’ll make pancakes, bacon, with fruit compote and some tea or a fruit juice and/or smoothie.

Do you have a daily routine, if so walk us through it.

I wake up, and jump into my skin care regimen and am consistent with it. I take 5-10 minutes outside just enjoying where I am and practicing gratitude, so if the sun is shining I practice gratitude for the ability to experience the sun on my skin. It makes me feel happy, little things like that. If I have flowers inside, I like to spend some time smelling them as they are calming and I really enjoy the smell some give off, it’s grounding. I make breakfast, check on e-mails/follow ups, work on orders and fulfillment, run errands, get to work, take a lunch break, do some journaling, work some more.

Your ideal Saturday night?

My ideal Saturday night would be to be in another city, enjoying what that has to bring. I mentioned earlier how I enjoy getting myself together and the ritual behind that. Being outside, enjoying life with loved ones, meeting new like-minded people. Going to a really nice restaurant, drinking really nice wine, maybe attend an event.

If you could invite any person in the world for dinner, who would it be?

Paul Newman. He’s fine as hell! Would love to chat about his time in Old Hollywood, the things he’s seen, his perspective on success… I’d love to hear about his genuine response around the producers for the movie “Paris Blues” suddenly changing their script on him. I’d also want to discuss his philanthropy and his visions for a better world and society. 

NOT-SO-SEXY With Kakra Juma Nuamah
The Toronto-based designer opens up on her outlook on work, sacred spaces, and creative balance.

Not-So-Sexy is an on-going series on Miilkiina.com profiling creatives around the world and their real, raw, and “not-so-sexy” work-from-home experiences. 

This week, we get intimate with Kakra Juma-Nuamah. Inspired by Italian luxe and driven by the need to inspire others to create, Kakra – an Ssense alumni – launched her own brand Outnumber in 2020, defeating the odds of the pandemic. We get into her routines, curating sacred spaces at home and work, and how she finds peace of mind. Keep reading for more Kakra. 

Tell us about your space. How does your home influence your creativity and peace of mind?

I live in a loft in downtown Toronto. At the time, looking back I manifested this space. I said I wanted a loft, with 30 ft ceilings, open space where the sun and lighting is highly favorable. A space I could create and live and feel open to do so. My environment is very integral to me, as with most people. I have to be mindful of my space and what or who I allow in, I’m very big on that. I can work at all hours of the day, whenever I want. It feels empowering especially during these times with uncertainty of lockdowns being lifted or not, to be able to still create in my space. I’m very grateful for what I have and look forward to more.

What is your favorite piece of furniture of decor in your home?

This marble slab we have. It’s beautiful, I use it for many things. Right now I use it as my healing space.

What went through your mind when Canada announced the first lockdown as an independent designer that was just starting out? 

I was a little worried but I knew no matter what that I would continue. I’m in a good position, still creating new pieces and working. I try not to let things out of my control dictate my path, they’re just distractions and things don’t last forever.

What has brought you joy in this year of self-isolation, introspection, and self-reinvention?

What has brought me joy is knowing how grateful and lucky I am. Things could be far worse. I’m lucky and grateful to be alive, to be able to have a home, heat, food, clothing and peace of mind. Like all humans we often strive for better and more and I do those things but it’s really important to also be present and understand what you have is already enough. Many people wish they could have what you and I have even 80% of that, these things can get lost in translation.

If Outnumber was a piece of art, which museum would it be residing in?

Tate Modern Museum in London.

How have you kept yourself productive? 

I kept myself productive by tuning out media and social media, the news. It can be very negative – majority of what is out there. So it’s helpful to tune that out and not get wrapped up. Staying attached to my goals, connecting with other creatives outside of the city, planning shoots, new drops, going for walks and enjoying the sun and nature. Knowing everyday is a new day and how fortunate I am to even have another day, another chance is what keeps me going.

What is your work uniform now that you can wear whatever you want whenever you want?

Lately I’ve been wearing a lot of comfortable sun dresses, as I like how free and feminine they make me feel. On the flip side I enjoy leisure wear – things like hoodies, bike shorts, oversized tops they can be comfortable. I like to have a balance. I like dressing up and putting myself together, it’s a fun and rewarding beauty ritual for me I take pride in. Most importantly I do this for myself, nobody else.

If you could pick a celebrity to be quarantined with, who would it be? What is the first place you will travel to once possible?

Steve Harvey, because he’s funny, has a great spirit, spiritual, and would be a pretty great mentor. The first place I would travel once possible is to the Caribbean! 

How do you disconnect from work now that we work and live all in the same place?

I disconnect from work by turning off work related features off. I’m always working on my brand though, behind the scenes. I don’t ever really turn that off, maybe take breaks but even than I’m always doing something that goes back to that. I don’t want to necessarily turn that side off, but maybe that’s just me.

What’s your go-to breakfast?

Depends on the mood, sometimes parfait with berries and homemade vanilla granola. Sometimes I’ll make pancakes, bacon, with fruit compote and some tea or a fruit juice and/or smoothie.

Do you have a daily routine, if so walk us through it.

I wake up, and jump into my skin care regimen and am consistent with it. I take 5-10 minutes outside just enjoying where I am and practicing gratitude, so if the sun is shining I practice gratitude for the ability to experience the sun on my skin. It makes me feel happy, little things like that. If I have flowers inside, I like to spend some time smelling them as they are calming and I really enjoy the smell some give off, it’s grounding. I make breakfast, check on e-mails/follow ups, work on orders and fulfillment, run errands, get to work, take a lunch break, do some journaling, work some more.

Your ideal Saturday night?

My ideal Saturday night would be to be in another city, enjoying what that has to bring. I mentioned earlier how I enjoy getting myself together and the ritual behind that. Being outside, enjoying life with loved ones, meeting new like-minded people. Going to a really nice restaurant, drinking really nice wine, maybe attend an event.

If you could invite any person in the world for dinner, who would it be?

Paul Newman. He’s fine as hell! Would love to chat about his time in Old Hollywood, the things he’s seen, his perspective on success… I’d love to hear about his genuine response around the producers for the movie “Paris Blues” suddenly changing their script on him. I’d also want to discuss his philanthropy and his visions for a better world and society. 

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