My name is Mrs Joanna Ampratwum-Danquah esq. I am a lawyer and also a self-taught fashion designer currently living in London.
I am going to tell you a story about one of the most innovative times in my life – my wedding; wait, make that my three weddings.
Yes! I married the same man: Mr Ampratwum-Danquah, three times.
The first time was our engagement/Ghanaian traditional marriage in July 2014 in Accra.
The second was the following day when we had a church ceremony, also in July 2014 in East Legon, Accra.
Although born and raised in England, I came to Ghana to practice law in various law firms that specialised in commercial law, one of the subjects being Intellectual Property law focusing on Trade Marks. It was in that time that I picked up a lot of fashion inspiration the focus being warm colours, exotic fabrics and innovative styles and I developed my knowledge in the fashion culture in Africa. Prior to moving to Ghana, I’d started making clothes and manufacturing them internationally.
Infusing the British and Ghanaian cultures in my fashion designs has always been one of my signatures among others.
I also successfully designed my very own signature Kente in 2014 which was included as one of the main parts of my English wedding. I took the design to expert Kente weavers who produced several yards of the unique luxurious material.
These days, even as I design garments behind the scenes, you would also find me at Radleys Solicitors LLP, Central London, where I am practicing Commercial law. My specialities are Property, Trade Marks, (including Fashion law/Luxury Goods) Dispute Resolution, Wills & Probate and Contracts. Radleys deals in many other areas of law.
My current objective is to combine my profession as a lawyer and my passion for Trade Marks particularly in the Fashion, Luxury Goods, Business and New Technology industries and my concern for the Sustainability of Humanity, Innovation & Culture.
Copyrights: Literature & Photography – Joanna Ampratwum-Danquah
Photography – Richie Anyetei (Ghana)
Raphael Carpenter – (UK)
Videography – Nuptials