Established in 2017, Kente Gentlemen is a clothing brand based in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire with the mision of fostering ethical means of production and consumption of clothing. In our in-house ateliers, we design and tailor contemporary clothing and accessories, in collaboration with local craftswomen and men.
The essence of the brand is to mold a sustainable balance of color, poetry, and culture as we remain consistent in the continuing research, discovery, (re)design, and use of handwoven textiles.
Creative Director - Founder.
This collection is a party! It’s an ode to the cultural, musical achievements of Africans and the African Diaspora in the post-colonial era, from the 70’s up to the 80’s. The way our mothers, aunties, fathers, and uncles jazzed up, flared pants, glittery looks and daring fits, performing, and partying to the sound of artists and musicians of that era.
Where kente cloth varies in design and patterns, Aristide Loua fittingly draws inspiration from poetry, cultures and colors.
His men's tailoring draws a sharp, modern silhouette with just the right dose of panache, courtesy of pink or blue vertical stripes.