Meet NUFCE by SOLO
phaze interview exclusive
Conducted by Camille Sery-Ble
✨ Solome Nakimuli is a Ugandan creative from Cambridge, MA. She has proven to be limitless when it comes to her art; creating jackets, styling themed shoots, and launching her most recent makeup line, NUFCE BY SOLO, exactly one month ago on October 20th, 2017.
Q: Can you tell me how NUFRO (the predecessor of NUFCE BY SOLO) started?
A: NUFRO started with me and my best friends at the time just wanting to create. In Boston, people are barely creating. When you do see creators, they are so exclusive and we wanted to be able to collaborate with people. So, one of my friends said that we should do jackets and merch. I was reluctant at first, but then my friend gave me hope and said that the jacket idea was dope. I was supposed to go to Uganda that winter, but since my trip got cancelled I had all this extra money. So, I called my friend and in the middle of a snow storm and we raided through every thrift store for jean jackets… Central Square, Allston, Goodwill, Buffalo Exchange, Salvation Army, everywhere! Then we really got started when we painted on the jackets.
Q: When did you begin your journey from NUFRO to NUFCE BY SOLO?
A: Everything with NUFRO started in June 2016. Our jackets launched in January 2017. After, I realized that I wanted more than a cute creative thing. I knew that if I worked hard, I could get somewhere. Overall, my friend’s visions didn’t match with mine, so in May, around my birthday, is when I branched into NUFCE BY SOLO. I dropped a few creative shoots and then the army jackets in September, which blew! Girl, that was honestly God. I was starting over. When I left NUFRO I handed them all my work, and I was like God I need you! When the fall jackets blew up, I knew my makeup was going to come through. I had already started working on the make up in December, but kept the idea to myself to see how my friends and I worked together as a group. With the launch of my highlight palette my brand is now NUFCE BY SOLO.
Q: Who do you look up to and who inspires you?
A: You know what? I don’t really idolize anyone, which is so crazy! I’ve always been that way. But Rihanna is EATING, and Cardi B is EATING. Other than that, I appreciate people and I appreciate art. I like to watch how successful people my age move. My friend taught me that if these people do it, then I can do it too. I’ve also started to read more.
Q: Do you have any other flourishing ideas you are working on that you would like to share?
A: My long-term goal is to become a Walmart. Whether it comes to shoes, hair, skin, lashes. I want to do everything. I am currently writing a children’s book, I know it is so random but my spirit is telling me to write one. Throughout all my life people I know have told me I can’t do what I want, whether it came from my family, friends, teachers, etc. But if I want a water bottle line, I will figure out how to make one and do it! I want to eat!
Q: What are some words of advice to your fellow creatives who look up to you?
A: ME?! Well, I am still my same loud messy self, which is the beauty of it. I feel like most of us think that people are untouchable. We think that our creativity is so far away from us, but it could honestly be just one step away. We are the only ones who can stop ourselves from doing something and we never know who is watching. There was a scripture that my friend sent me;
Thus says God the LORD,
Who created the heavens and stretched them out,
Who spread out the earth and its offspring,
Who gives breath to the people on it
And spirit to those who walk in it
and within this scripture, God told me spirit to create! And if you think that creating is what you are meant to do, do it! I just try to live in my own truth. When I was young, I kept living in my own truth and if my African mother can accept my crazy hairstyles then what can really stop me?!