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Women Designers Series: Ndeye Gueye, “The Zipper Queen”

May 30, 2019
Author: YKK
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Our women designers series is an on-going project to highlight innovative designers across the world that incorporate YKK® products into their unique creations.

Meet Ndeye Gueye AKA The Zipper Queen! Ndeye specializes in crafting jewelry made out of zippers. As a young woman, Ndeye spent most of her time between New Orleans and Senegal and was introduced to the fashion world by her mom, who also made jewelry. She grew up watching vendors at the French Market in New Orleans and realized that in order to stand out, she had to offer creative and innovative designs to ensure clients kept coming back.



After several months of trying to come up with a unique product, she came across zippers and decided to use them in her designs to highlight their beauty. Ndeye’s passion for the arts and fashion finally came together as she started to design an entire line of zipper jewelry.

In order to guarantee the durability of her products, she started using different zipper brands, and she would make bracelets with different zippers and test them to see how long they will last. At one point, she wore 10 different bracelets for 9 months! The only zippers that passed the test were YKK® zippers. “After 9 months YKK® zippers were still shining! So I tell everybody that it is the best zipper to use for anything because they’re very strong and you can find them in many colors.”


She continues to improve her craft and not only uses zippers for jewelry but for other art projects and accessories; however, jewelry is still her favorite. Her advice for young women wanting to pursue a career in fashion is to “Go for it! Just be true to yourself, think outside the box and do the best job that you can possibly do and everything would be great.”


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Since the company’s founding in Tokyo in 1934, YKK has continuously set industry standards for quality, service, value, and innovation in the production of zippers, plastic hardware, hook and loop fasteners, webbing tapes, and snap and buttons. With integrated production and supply systems in 72 countries and regions around the world, YKK is positioned to meet the needs of the textile and sewing product industries as they increasingly diversify and require shorter product cycles. Guided by the CYCLE OF GOODNESS® philosophy – no one prospers without rendering benefit to others – YKK aims to contribute to a sustainable society through its products and manufacturing operations and constantly seeks new ways to serve the changing needs of its customers while at the same time investing in its employees and giving back to its communities. View our corporate brochure .

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"No one prospers without rendering benefit to others."

An enterprise is an important member of society, and as such, it must coexist with other elements of society. Its value will be measured by the benefits it shares with society. Behind the YKK Philosophy of the CYCLE OF GOODNESS® is the concept that "contributions to society can best be achieved by the continual creation of value through innovative ideas and inventions. The resulting business expansion will bring prosperity to consumers and business partners, thus benefiting all society. This has been our philosophy since 1934, and remains the basis of our business today.