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Monday, June 18, 2012

Two Designers & a Couple of Models

A Kila Kitu shirt is a statement on its own, let alone combined with Drapers shorts. Kila Kitu ("everything" in Swahili) is an established Kenyan-Canadian brand sold internationally; its playful combination of basic colours with bold print (floral in some cases) hearken it to the classic cowboy shirt - an imaginative twist on a casual classic. Drapers is a newer line, the brainchild of partners Liam Action & Kristian Lundby. Drapers are a bespoke product, also made from unconventional often textured fabric, and catering to the resurgence of the bermuda short for spring/summer. Both these brands represent the mischievious, increasingly androgynous, though still manly direction of menswear.

Here, a showcase of both.

Model, Tomas Maule in Kila Kitu
Tomas with Drapers designer Liam Acton
Model Hamed Coulibaly takes a tea break in Kila Kitu
Tomas in Drapers, me, & photographer Barbara Minishi (Barbara Minishi Photography)
Videographer Kuba Zahradnicek, Gecko Productions
Round sunglasses are still key, these are authentic '70's
Vintage hues & textures for men is alive and well

Hamed displays a modern way to mix prints, colours, & textures 

Real men know how to tackle pink; Hamed in Kila Kitu

Key themes: fit and colour

My recent fascination with men in florals exhibited here (in a wearable way)

Barbara with Drapers designer Kristian Lundby

Thanks to Kila Kitu's Bart Sullivan, and also Mr. Marek Fuchs for these thoughtfully captured behind-the-scenes moments. You'll see the official photos (Barbara Minishi Photography) and video (Gecko Productions) on this blog.

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