NAIROBI (Reuters) – Most of us have recognized COVID-19 facial area masks as an inconvenient, albeit needed, safety measure. For the design and style mindful like James Maina Mwangi, having said that, they are an unmissable fashion option.
Kenyan fashionista James Maina Mwangi talks all through a Reuters interview following exhibiting his attire comprising at least one hundred sixty suits with matching equipment together with a mask to protect against the coronavirus sickness (COVID-19) infection at his home in Nairobi, Kenya July 30, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
Mwangi’s brightly colored fits and hats manufactured him stand out even on the occupied streets of Nairobi’s Umoja neighbourhood, where no one at any time appears to rest.
Given that the pandemic strike and Kenya manufactured facial area masks mandatory, his outfits have develop into even a lot more eye-catching. This 7 days, the 59-year-outdated jack of all trades modelled his selection of face masks for Reuters.
“Men realized how to dress in clothes in black, brown, grey or darkish blue. Individuals had been men’s colours,” he told Reuters when donning a dazzling yellow go well with with matching hat and encounter mask. “God gave me knowledge and confirmed me all the distinctive colors I can have on to be distinctive from everybody else.”
Mwangi, who dropped out of school at twelve simply because he could not shell out the service fees, explained he only had one shirt when he was a kid, which he would clean it day-to-day and place on however damp.
Persons would giggle at him, but he promised himself that “one day I will be a star.”
He now has about 160 satisfies, over 200 pairs of shoes, and 300 hats in colors ranging from saffron yellow to grass environmentally friendly, scarlet and plum. Mwangi explained his clothes drew curiosity, then admirers when he 1st started out carrying them 25 years back.
“Now you can see me wearing all sorts of colors,” he mentioned.
Mwangi, who earns a living as a jack of all trades, claims he lends his satisfies to members of his church and road young children who need them.
“Things have become more durable now for the reason that of COVID-19. This state has no cash,” he claimed.
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