FASHION BLOGS IN KENYA

I am about to write what I think is a very good idea for me to accomplish and I cant believe I am sharing it here with you! Damn! Okay here goes.

This is to writers, wannabe bloggers, fashion lovers- and whoever is curious to see where this goes :D

If you have access to the net type in the words “FASHION BLOGS IN KENYA” and see the stuff that will come up. There are sites like this which I kinda liked, but felt that there was something missing. I checked out some other blogs that  were okay-ish  too and then it hit me. What was missing in all those blogs is MAJOR KENYAN FASHION.

Lets face it, the number of people who would go to YAYA center to buy KIKOROMEO designs is obviously smaller  compared to the number of people who would go shopping at Githurai, Gikomba or Kongowea in Mombasa. I admit that I love Kikoromeo designs but how much are they? can I , a campus student whose HELB loan has come late, afford to buy a dress for 10000 shillings just because its Kenyan designed? Why would I spend all that on one thing when there are other  beautiful dresses at 500 shillings?!

 

The problem with Kenyan fashion designers and bloggers is that we are looking at the international market too much. They make this and that for export. Oh! this appeared on the New York runway! It is okay to be known by only the rich people who can afford your clothes, but while you are making your money, how popular is your label anyway? Wonder why labels like CALVIN KLEIN and TOMMY HILFIGER are huge? Because other than making the expensive runway stuff,  they made everyday things which even we Kenyans buy on daily basis. Which Kenyan designers spend their sweat and energy making fabulous T-shirts, shorts and jeans? Who so far has pimped the lesso so fabulously that it is their trademark?

Most of the population that is chic and fashionista is youngsters. We can’t afford the kind of ridiculous prices some Kenyan designers place on their clothes! Unless you’re a rich kid- which most of us aren’t! Does it mean then that we cannot look good? Hell no! We will just keep buying the mutumba of international designers like CHANEL which are actually cheaper! I know they are second hand but if they look fabulous and they aren’t torn or stained, they beat buying a single thing at 10000 shillings!

 

 

Fashion and style is in us but for some twisted reason, we are hell bent on making our stuff out of reach to most Kenyans! The major problem with us is that, more than we want to make a name, we want to earn big money fast! Jewelers at Maasai market sell their stuff so expensive it is like they were meant to be out of your reach! Yet if you are creative enough, you can go buy your own beads and accessories at extremely cheap prices and make your own unique accessories! fashion and style need not be expensive! Whis is what most fashion designers and bloggers don’t get.

If you are a blogger who is running a fashion blog or wants to, picture this : Kenyatta university has designers who make fabulous designs yet they are an untapped talent. They make easy to wear stuff that are stylish and come at very affordable prices! If someone took time to review street fashion, highlight these designers and took some time to check out fashion in Kenyan streets that would be one hell of a fashion blog that will be popular in no time!

Take a look at fashionistas in town- forget those models on FACE OF AFRICA! Just highlight  ordinary Kenyans with extraordinary style. trust me even i would follow that blog- that is if i don’t start one myself ;))

Think about it.

26 thoughts on “FASHION BLOGS IN KENYA”

    1. what type of coats? denim coats at GIKOMBA go from 150 bob at an exclusive denim coat stall. but on mixed clothes, am sure you can get them for lower. blazers NGARA wins on this. 200 bob. ata akisema 250 just insist on 200. unless the coat is to die for! leather coat- GITHURAI had them at 800 bob and above but things have changed and i haven’t been there for quite sometime! most of my pals insist they cost about 2-3k.

  1. As a Kenyan fashion designer I agree, i do however make affordable clothes myself so the industry can grow. There is alot of talent out there in Kenya but not all can afford to market the Kiko Romeo, Poisa , Kaveke etc way. A challenge to you bloggers look for the new local talent out there they are many and they are affordable and they may not be where you usually look

    1. That’s a great thing- to be designing stuff reachable to a majority of Kenyans! true its up to us but also, Kenyan designers should come out and show their stuff. i have seen pretty good feedback on FB pages of designers who sell their stuff at affordable prices and that’s really encouraging! Thanks for commenting! do share a link to your designs!

  2. You are totally ignoring Kenyan bloggers who blog about their OWN style such as the lovely http://www.thisisess.com who is pushing the envelope in terms of great Kenyan blogging. She also features affordable Kenyan designsers.

    There are positives.

  3. Its about time that kenyan designers get reasonable prices.I have no cloth that is a kenyan designer’s bt i av plenty from the west.For those looking for nice dresses,toi market at adams arcade is the place to go on thursdays at around 2pm.price is 300

  4. heyhave you tried Karigu Kreations they have some high end stuff that is made from the local kikoys lesos and kitenge in some amazing designs.also try our sandals and leather bags they are ll really good and high.affordable too.

  5. honestly, i get your points about street blogging, am gon do one if u dont beat me to it hehehe….but as for kenyan fashion, it is what it is. EXPENSIVE, if u can afford it good stuff, i know wen am rich enough thats all i will ever wear plus a bit of ZARA:)

    1. Hehe! You go right ahead!I checked out the fashion blogs again n still there’s nothing! am planning to start one next year.best me to that :-) I love diversity! Share the link huh?

    1. Githurai will leave you spoilt for choice. the dresses there are awesome and range from 150-500 bob. Ngara is also ok but you might have to add a few hundreds. visit Githurai on Sunday-that’s the market day.

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