God and family above fame

Neo Bodumela

BEING one of Nelson Mandela Bay’s premier fashion designers may be what Jason Kieck is known for – but his love for his family is what keeps him grounded. He joined La Femme for lunch at Fushin Sushi and Eastern Cuisine in Stanley Street, Richmond Hill.

Although he has made gowns for eight Miss South Africa winners and a myriad of celebrities, Kieck remains grounded – a trait he said comes from being the father of three: two boys and a girl.

“When my wife and I didn’t have any children yet, everything for me had to be done in a dramatic or sort of big way.

“Like how I proposed to her … I whisked her away on a romantic getaway and got down on my knees to propose to her. But everything has since died down a bit. I think it’s the result of becoming a parent,” he said.

Kieck tucked into the restaurant’s Peruvian Prince platter, a combination of sushi California rolls topped with four salsa-based scallops, and shared some of the lesser-known facets of his life.

I picked Fushin because sushi is my weakness.

I’ll know I’ve made it when whew, this is going to be a long one. There are so many levels within the business field of “making it” that I can look at.

If I look from a humble, appreciative point of view of what God has done for me, I have already made it because I am hopefully, well-liked and respected within the design industry and I have achieved certain accolades such as being invited to SA Fashion Week, being the sole designer for Miss Eastern Cape, and have received standing ovations for my charity gala dinners.

From a goal oriented and dream point of view, I will know that I have made it when I am more well known “nationally” and, even better, known internationally.

I love being a designer because it gives me an opportunity to be creative and be a part of special events in peoples’ lives.

The person who has taught me the most is my wife, Yiota. She has taught me how to be a better man, husband and father. Her love, generosity and eagerness to help others has been inspiring.

I have a soft spot for good food and the “finer things” .

I should have studied … I can’t say I should have studied anything other than what I did, which was clothing design and manufacture, as I believe God has put me in this career for a reason.

I’d love to party with no one specific, just people who are happy, love life and have a fantastic sense of humour.

I’m listening to Casting Crowns.

When I was 16, I wish I had invented Google and Facebook, wow, can you imagine …

My music weakness is gospel – Hillsong, Casting Crowns and Matt Redman.

Nothing makes me happier than 1. Climbing into a nice, clean, comfy bed at the end of the day. 2. Being able to spoil my wife and/or kids with something they really like. 3. Cooking a meal that everybody loves.

My favourite item of clothing is my jeans.

I absolutely hate the wind!!! Wrong city to live in for that. But on a serious note, hearing or seeing innocent women, children and the elderly being abused.

I am saving to buy nothing much, everything I like is too expensive!

I share my life with my wife and kids, Matthew, 12, Danie, 10, and Alexa, 6, and those closest to me.

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