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Samburu morans represented as Kenyan designer John Kaveke makes an unforgettable debut at NYFW (Photos)

New York Fashion week is part of the esteemed ‘Big Five’ fashion weeks which consists of Paris Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week, New York Fashion Week, London Fashion Week and Berlin Fashion Week.

John Kaveke at New York Fashion Week

John Kaveke who has dressed plenty of Kenyan celebrities made history as the first male Kenyan designer to have models strut down the New York Fashion Week catwalk in his designs.

Kaveke's debut comes a year after Recho Omondi a first generation Kenyan-American designer made her debut at the huge fashion event but snubbed it this time because the event felt 'dead and archaic.’

“It’s a lot of money down and there is no guarantee, especially as a new brand. I felt like I didn’t have anything to prove. It was like creating Thanksgiving dinner every night and throwing away 90 percent of it. People might like the potatoes and that’s all they eat and that might be the number-one best seller, so what do you do with everything else?” Recho told coveteur.com

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Despite the bad experience Recho had at the NYFW, Kaveke managed to have a successful and unforgettable show. His trendy collection called ‘Raw Attitude’ mainly consisted of snazzy and well-tailored blazers inspired by the Samburu Morans and colours from his favourite ‘Kericho Gold’ Attitude Teas blend.

This is however not the first time Kaveke who studied at  Instituto Europeo di Design in Barcelona has showcased his work on an international platform.

He has showcased his work at Sarajevo Fashion Week-Bosnia, Swahili Fashion Week in Tanzania, Hub of Africa in Ethiopia, the International Smirnoff Fashion Awards and London Fashion Week in 2011.

John Kaveke is not the only Kenyan who is working at New York Fashion week as our very own Muthoni Njoba is working there. Miss Njoba who is Maybelline New York’s Kenyan brand ambassador is doing make-up in the show that is sponsored by the beauty behemoth.

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