The fashion scene in Nairobi, the pair explain, still has some room to develop. “It’s a bit of a bubble because a lot of Kenyans don’t buy local fashion,” Keith explains. “There’s a huge second-hand culture, so buying brand new Kenyan clothes is not really a thing.”
“I think most fashion designers here rely on a small base that comes back to them again and again,” he adds.
That being said, the artists are optimistic about the future. They’re thinking of expanding into a men’s collection, as well as designing pieces that appeal to both the international and local markets. “Kenyan woman like to dress in a certain way,” Keith says, “so we are trying to figure out how we can adapt our designs to make them more pleasing to the market over here.
“There’s the woman in your head, but it has to marry with a real life woman who is conservative in certain ways and more open in others. We are still trying to find out who our woman is.”