Nasozi Kakembo is the founder and creative force behind xN Studio. Her company name derives from her very own, which is a Ugandan name meaning something to look up to in praise of. It is this Ugandan heritage that inspired her to establish a brand that allows her to bring the beauties of her cultural heritage into homes around the world. Born and raised outside of Washington, DC, and a Brooklynite for 12 years, Nasozi founded xN Studio in 2011. She graduated in 2008 from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.
For the greater part of a decade, she worked in the international human rights and social justice fields, meanwhile indulging in African textiles by night. Having built an internationally recognized home decor brand business from an idea spawned on a plane from Dakar, she is a subject matter expert on small business development, ethical sourcing and women's economic empowerment. (Submit speaking engagement inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Read Nasozi's interviews and small business insights on the blog, The Chronicle.
She still incorporates the fundamental principles of her extensive international experience into her business model. Her Ugandan and American heritage as well as her studies in art history, architecture, and eventually human rights have landed her in the far reaches of the world. She currently resides in the DC-Baltimore area and splits her time between there, Brooklyn, and her home in Kampala, Uganda.