Taking Kenyan Fashion Industry to the next level
Kenya Fashion Awards Celebrates Local talents, The fashion industry in Kenya is no longer a reserve for the rich. This industry has come a long way because Kenyans not only want to feel good, but to look the part too. For this reason, there is a new age crop of designers, both upcoming and established who have understood the need that Kenyans have to look and feel good. Competition is stiff and therefore only those who can interpret fashion trends and capture them in their designs carry the day. There are so many designers in Kenya today,
Most Influential Fashion Designer In Kenya
This is another leading design house based in Kenya employing many well-known designers. This fashion house is owned by Anne McCreath who was trained as a designer in Rome. Before coming to Kenya, Anne worked as a designer in Bercelona. Some aid work brought her to Kenya and after a number of years, KikoRomeo, a Swahili word that means Adam’s apple was born. Her desire is to give Africans contemporary fashion inspired by their culture. One of the notable things that this design house has done is coming up with peace patches which were used to bring Kenyans from all walks of life together after the post-election violence in 1998 and also creating employment. You can view some of their collections and enjoy their variety and style.
1. Sally Karago
Of the veteran fashion designers in Kenya, Sally Karago stands out. She started her establishment, Mcensl Fashion House way back in 1992 and her designs are inspired by contemporary Africa. She was actually the first designer to incorporate the Maasai blanket and Kikoi fabric into her designs. Her collection is dubbed “Made in Kenya by a Kenyan.” She also teaches fashion design since 2009 and has another brand – SK Collection that sells ready to wear clothes for all ages.
2. Wambui Mukenyi
There is no way Wambui Mukeyi could miss out on the list of top 10 fashion designers in Kenya to follow. Apart from being a sought after designer, she is inspirational because she is self-taught. This has seen her go on to receive national recognition. She founded her label, which goes by her name, in 2009 where she started out with custom made outfits for branching out to African bridal wear. She uses luxurious fabrics in her designs with a little hint of African inspiration.
3. Yvonne Odhiambo
Yvonne Odhiambo is the clear definition of young, funky and trendy. She was among the few select designers who were chosen to dress personalities like Yemi Alade and the entire Coke Studio Band during the third season of Coke Studio Africa. This was not her first taste of the spotlight though, because she also got the chance to dress Big Brother Africa contestants from Kenya – Melvin Alusa and Sabina Stadler in 2014.
4. Nick Ondu
Whenever you see Sauti Sol look stunning in their attire, especially Ankara, then you will get the desire to know who is behind all those looks. This is none other than Nick Ondu. He is the man that lets his magic speak for him in the way he dresses the boy band. However, he is not restricted to men’s fashion. He has a wide variety of collections for women as well. Who wouldn’t want to follow a designer who dresses celebrities?
5. Valerie Nyamwaya
Valarie Nyamwaya decided to take a different twist in the African fashion industry. Long before her graduation at Egerton University, she had already started doing what she is passionate about – fashion design. She is the co-founder of Afrivazi, a website that seeks to tell the African story in a different way, through fashion. Her website helps other Kenyan designers to sell their work on an affordable platform.
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