In Kenya, we have less Menswear fashion designers than those who focus on women clothing. This can be partly attributed to the fact that traditionally, African men do not love shopping for clothes.
In fact, that is what I got from my colleague while shooting a fashion designer interview earlier on today.
Though there are not many of these designers in Africa, they’ve tried to keep with the pace of the global menswear industry. Here is a list of such designers.
1. Maxhosa by Laduma
Laduma Ngxokolo is the brains behind Maxhosa knitwear that started in 2011. Laduma established the brand to explore knitwear design solutions that would celebrate the Xhosa beadwork aesthetics using South African mohair and wool. He has interpreted the traditional Xhosa beadwork patterns and reinterpreted modern knitwear. Laduma was recently recognized as the Vogue Italia Scouting for Africa prize and is set to showcase his designs in Italy. He has show cased his works inLondon, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin and New York
2. John Kaveke
John Kaveke is a Kenyan international based fashion designer. He launched his label Kaveke fashions in 2001. Kaveke describes his style as a trademark twist on contemporary African bespoke tailoring style on his Linkedin handle. His clothes have been modeled on catwalks such as London Fashion Week, Sarajevo Fashion Week, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Swahili Fashion Week in Tanzania, Hub of Africa in Ethiopia, The Big Brother House in South Africa and the list is endless. He is a graduate of Instituto Europeo di Design in Barcelona.