MEN! STAY AWAY FROM WOMEN’S TRENCH COATS.

It rained heavily in Nairobi last Saturday. The same old bad habits were exhibited by women .i.e paper bags on their heads and other bad habits I had talked about in a previous article. I know sometimes we forget our umbrellas and jackets at home and we are forced to come up with interesting ways of shielding ourselves from the rain, but what I saw on Saturday,was beyond innovation.

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ONE, TWO OR THREE – BUTTON SUIT

Long gone are the days dark marked by plain boring double breasted-suits which had some unfortunate shoulder pads. The modern man is back to dressing up in this current era of sartorial individuality- via colors, patterns or styles. He is not afraid to play with colors and bright colors I must add.

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MANCINY – CLASH OF THE PATTERNS UNVEILED AT FAFA

MANCINY  is a fashion Label  that never disappoints.We interviewed Manciny Migwi, head designer a few months back. READ all about it here.FAFA- FASHION FOR PEACE  was held last weekend in Nairobi at The Oval and her new collection stood out on the runway. The colors and materials used were well thought of. She blended in the batik ,leather and embroidery  to create an amazing collection. When you’ve thought you have seen it all, she has a way of surprising us all. This is a collection that all men should own.

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MANCINY – A man’s introduction to color

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Manciny Migwi

Fashion Designer and Style Concierge

FFA: Tell me a little about yourself?

Fearless, Passionate, Sartorial.

FFA: What does fashion mean to you?

Style is an expression of individualism mixed with charisma. mancinyFashion is something that
comes after style.

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

The earliest memory I have of dabbling into anything fashion related is as a young girl cutting out models from old magazines & pasting them on the wardrobe using home made glue (Chapo Unga) for fun. Later in life, fashion was always a side hustle whenever I wanted extra cash. Owing to my eccentric dress sense & realizing it came effortless to me decided to pursue it full time. Walking around town seeing Men in ill fitted suits fueled my pursuit of Men’s Fashion as my niche; disclaimer though: there are “some” well dressed Men in Nairobi 🙂
FFA: What inspires you?
Sugar, Spice & Everything Nice.

My L.I.F.E in general which encompasses the following:

– GOD in whom I live, move & have my being.
– My “Artsy” Hood (Eastlands) – bedrock of creativity in +254.                 Nairobi my city, my town which is a melting pot of diversity.                 -Films/Movies/Series where I’m always checking out Costume  Managers & designers.

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I am currently crushing on Blacklist’s Red’s wardrobe :-).I am hugely inspired by magazines, Social Media , fellow designers locally, regionally & abroad.
FFA: Tell us about your designs.What fabrics/prints do you use?
Product offering is a fantastic range of bespoke clothing and accessories that have the brilliant prowess of our rich African culture, strength, identity and attitude expressed with colors and fabrics native to the African continent – Ankara & Batik. Other mediums include but not limited to Khaki, Lace, Taffeta, Khanga et al.
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FFA: Whats your style?

Ballsy, Minimalist, Retro, Vintage, Classic, Non Conformist & Effortless.

FFA: Are you currently working on a collection?unnamed (2)

Yes. Working on a capsule collection.
Wondering what a capsule collection is?according to Wikipedia,
 The term has come to refer to a collection of clothing which is designed using only interchangeable items, in order to maximize the number of outfits which can be created. The aim is to have an outfit suitable for any occasion without owning excessive items of clothing. This is usually achieved by buying what are considered to be “key” or “staple” items in coordinating colors.
FFA: How soon should we expect your launch to be?
Will definitely debut later this year.
unnamed (3)FFA: Who is your consumer?Who is the Manciny man?
Trendy Dapper Urban Gentleman who wishes to develop a certain wardrobe style that complements his personality.
FFA: Which models,photographer,event organizers or stylist,have you worked with in the fashion industry?

FAFA, Naivasha Fashion Weekend, Strut it Afrika, Sura Zuri.

FFA: Which celebrities have you dressed?

Juliani, DJ Sadic, Biko Zulu, Binyavanga Wainaina, Gerald Langiri et al.
FFA: How long does it take to work on a design?unnamed (1)
A day to a maximum of 5 days.
FFA: Do you have a  favorite piece so far?
I have no favorites as each has a story of its own.
FFA: What are some of your favorite fashion magazines,websites or books?
GQ is my Style Bible. Pinterest is my worst addiction yet.
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Online:
@MissManciny
0722-542-599

LET THE TIE DO THE TALKING

Men need to learn how to wear different fabrics,styles and also know how to accessorize.What better and easier way of accessorizing but wearing a tie.How simple is that?

What do you know about ties?All that you can?Well,think again..There are many types of ties that can be worn by men in all age groups and they also vary in design and color so they suit everyone.

Here are a few..

ASCOT TIE                                                                                                                   

ascot tie               hss-ascot-full ascot tieThis is a narrow neckband with wide pointed wings .They can be worn over the collar or also under the collar.It can either be worn as casual wear or official wear.

Its tailored for the modern gentleman and gives him a distinct appearance of style and confidence.

BOLO TIE

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They are a shoe string like neck accessory.

They are a piece of cord or braided leather with decorative metallic tip.

They can be worn with a suit button down shirt or casually with a denim shirt.They grab more attention than a regular tie.

BOW TIE

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Bow ties are a classic and they can be worn at anytime of the day.They come in different sizes,color and fabrics.

ZIPPER TIE

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They are easy to wear ,adjustable and convenient.

 

 

 

 

 

CRAVAT

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A neckband that is worn under the collar .Its ideal to wear to  a party or wedding.

 

 

SKINNY TIE

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The skinny tie is narrower than the standard tie.They were popularized by the Beatles in the 50’s and their standard size is 3.5″.

They come in different materials,colors and patterns.

ARE YOU BOLD ENOUGH TO STAND OUT?

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