Nairobi Fashion Week back after four-year break

It aims to position Nairobi as a fashion district in Africa, says founder James Brian

In Summary

• 25 designers are set to showcase their new collections from November 25-27

A fashion model in a past event
A fashion model in a past event
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Nairobi Fashion Week will stage the season’s latest collections at Sarit Expo Centre in November.

Twenty-five designers will showcase their new collections from November 25-27. They are from Kenya, South Africa, Togo, Benin, US, Nigeria, Ghana, Angola, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Ivory Coast and Switzerland.

This year marks the sixth season since the inception of NFW in 2013.

Founder and creative director James Brian said NFW has proven over the years to be an accommodating avenue for both upcoming and seasoned designers and fashion enthusiasts.

"Our focus is to position Nairobi as a fashion district in Africa and create an ecosystem between stockists and designers," he said.

This year's event will guarantee a universal space with a display of different culturally inspired content from Kenya and beyond under the versatile theme 'Blueprint'. 

"The theme seeks to bring to life the cultural journeys and milestones of the designers through their original creations," Brian said.

"There will be a spectacular series of designs showcased to fit the theme. The event promises elegance with purpose. Not only will it create a productive ground for careers to thrive but also impact the fashion, art, textile and manufacturing industries."

Kenyan designer Eva Wanjiru of Chemachetu Leather said she is looking forward to the show. 

"It's the first time and I look forward to meeting other designers as well as other fashion enthusiasts."

A share of proceeds gained from the sale of Nairobi Fashion Week tickets will be donated to support those suffering from oesophageal cancer. 

"In partnership with Kenyatta University Teaching, Research and Referral Hospital Cancer Centre, they will ensure we impact positively to the community," Brian said.

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