ISSA KITHIKI – SUITS FOR THE ELITE

Suits are not only for the working class or the very old.Well fitting suits can be worn by any man in any age for many occasions: from the office to a cocktail party.Urban class is a design label that gives men a chance to custom make their own  suits at affordable rates.

We got to interview the lead designer and CEO of URBAN CLASS.

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My name is Issa Kithiki. I’m 24 years old. I studied Marketing at the University of Nairobi. I have had a lifelong passion of fashion and  I started my brand (Urban Class ) two years back.

What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion is what you envision and then put it together to make a complete outfit.

When did you realize that you wanted to be a fashion designer?

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I found fashion fascinating at a very tender age. At 20 I decided to make my dream a reality and that is how Urban Class was born.

What inspires you?

I think inspiration can be found anywhere. But I’l start by saying I inspire myself and I am able to come up with great designs just by thinking,”What image do I want to portray?”.

I also inspired by men and women who strive to leave an impression.  And finally great works from other fashion designers like Ralph Lauren, Michael Bastian and Sheria Ngowi.

Tell us about your designs.What fabrics/prints do you use?

Stretch khaki & cotton blend

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What is  your style?

Italian cut, dapper and bespoke pieces

Are you currently working on a collection?

Yes I am. Elite collection.

How soon should we expect your launch to be?

hopefully in June.

 Who is your customer?

A man with a taste of class , style & elegance

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 Which models,photographer & event organizers have you worked with in the fashion industry?

I have worked with photographers like :Kevin Buo , Kevin Kemama & Heenie.As for event planners, I have a strong relashionship with Ace Cards that organizes my  Suit & Tie Events.

Which celebrities have you dressed?

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Nick Mutuma , Dj Hypnotiq , Moses Mukibi , Susan Anyango and Joe Muchiri

How long does it take to work on a design?

It takes a full week to make a design.

Which is you favorite design so far?

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My favorite  design currently is a white tux suit that I designed for a wedding .

What are some of your favorite fashion magazines,websites or books?

 GQ, Esquire & Men’s Fashion Magazine. I also visit blogs like onedapperstreetstylescrapbook and Lookbook.

Where can readers buy your clothes ?

I am located in Nairobi , Yala Towers along Biashara Street. First floor , shop no. 5

Find me on facebook : facebook

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