Marijuana continues to be legalized recreationally and medically throughout the country. Women Grow, an organization for women leadership in the marijuana enterprise, asked designer Korto Momolu to fashion a cannabis-inspired clothing line for the leadership summit. Korto wanted to change the narrative of who leads in the marijuana business.
Momolu revealed that the capsules she had designed for the leadership summit in June traded out quickly. Seeing this, the investor at the summit offered to sponsor Momolu and Women Grow to design a more substantial collection for the Fashion Week in New York.
Momolu intended to use sustainable fabric for the Fashion week such as hemp which is a strain of marijuana used in paper and fiber making. Korto bought her hemp from Thailand due to high prices in the USA. Momolu is concerned about the unaffordability of hemp in the United States. She said the texture of the hemp fabric reminds her of the African textiles.
Momolu used other fabrics such as taffeta, burlap, and organza to make the designs look elegant.
“Getting the hemp was crucial, but mixing it with comfy fabrics makes it a high-quality fashion. There were challenges, but it turned out to be a success and fun.”
Momolu’s collection is considered high fashion because it uses resources that are related to marijuana, such as hemp. Korto Momolu not only uses unique material but also applies creativity in her designs. During season five of Project Runaway, designers were requested to make an outfit from spare parts of a car. Momolu created a 60’s coat from seat belts.
Momolu showcased her skills and creativity at the Fashion Week on September 7. Models walked the runways looking all glamorous in vape pens with rhinestones and pearls. “It is CBD oil, just for the records,” Momolu says. Her designs are custom creations..