NAIROBI (Reuters) – The majority of us have accepted COVID-19 face masks as an inconvenient, albeit needed, precaution. For the style mindful like James Maina Mwangi, nevertheless, they are an unmissable style chance.
Mwangi’s brilliantly coloured matches and hats made him stick out even on the hectic streets of Nairobi’s Umoja neighbourhood, where no one ever appears to sleep.
Considering that the pandemic hit and Kenya made face masks compulsory, his attires have actually become even more attractive. Today, the 59- year-old jack of all trades designed his collection of face masks for Reuters.
” Men understood how to use clothing in black, brown, grey or dark blue. Those were males’s colours,” he informed Reuters while using a bright yellow suit with matching hat and face mask. “God provided me wisdom and showed me all the various colours I can wear to be different from everybody else.”
Mwangi, who dropped out of school at 12 due to the fact that he might not pay the costs, stated he just had one t-shirt when he was a kid, which he would wash it everyday and put on still damp.
People would laugh at him, however he guaranteed himself that “one day I will be a star.”
He now has about 160 fits, over 200 sets of shoes, and 300 hats in colours ranging from saffron yellow to yard green, scarlet and plum. Mwangi stated his clothes drew curiosity, then admirers when he initially started wearing them 25 years ago.
” Now you can see me using all type of colours,” he said.
Mwangi, who earns a living as a jack of all trades, says he lends his suits to members of his church and street kids who require them.
” Things have actually ended up being harder now due to the fact that of COVID-19 This nation has no money,” he stated.
( The story refiles to get rid of extraneous words in paragraph 5.)
Writing by Omar Mohammed; Modifying by Katharine Houreld and Raissa Kasolowsky