Styling & Photography: Tasha Ahere
It’s so amazing to see young people chasing their dreams and working hard while at it. It may not be easy, as is with most things in life, but if you are passionate about what you’re doing, then it makes the journey worth it. Today’s Spotlight is on Kelvin Ngugi, founder and designer at KoOoGi Collections, I talked to him and learnt more about his journey as a designer.
How did you come up with the name for your line?
Oh well I used to have this ‘coogi’ sweater that I liked and soon people started calling me that, so I used it as my stage name as a DJ then it stuck around. Although the spelling changed from C to K since my name is Kelvin.
When did you start designing?
I basically started in 2014. I would create suits and separate pieces for myself and later on started creating for people around me and styling them too. Early this year I decided to start the line KoOoGi Collections.
Where do you get your inspiration?
I get my inspiration from the old Italian fashion and Scott Disick, mix it all up with my colors and boom, I have my own style.
What are some of the challenges you have faced as a designer?
As a designer, I have seen and found that Kenyans are reluctant to support our own market. Also getting one’s name out is hard, word of mouth isn’t enough, you need to know the right people.
What is the price range of your pieces?
Well I do blazers, trousers and waist coats which can either be separates or complete sets and they range between 2,500 and 12,000.
How can people purchase your pieces?
They can either email me at email@example.com or call 0728423959
Blazer – KoOoGi Collections | Shirt – Vince Camuto | Trousers – Mr. Price | Loafers – Bata |
Neck Piece – Tasha’s Collection
Blazer – KoOoGi Collections | Shirt – Vince Camuto | Trousers – Gravity | Loafers – Model’s Own
Blazer – KoOoGi Collections | Shirt – Mr. Price | Trousers – Mr. Price| Loafers – Bata
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