ESTABLISHED IN 2017
We are a group of young Africans telling stories and sharing emotions through clothes, photographs, texts, ideas and concepts.
In such an interconnected world, Kente Gentlemen is a means to discover, value, celebrate, and foster our diverse socio-cultural heritage and identities through fashion, aesthetics, photography, and other visual arts. It's only fair that we embrace and portray those rightful attributes to the global village we all belong to. We therefore have plenty of ideas and projects in mind for Kente Gentlemen, which first name praises the Kente cloth, a landmark fabric and cultural icon of Africa, originating from the Ashanti Kingdom, land of our forefathers. Although our ambitions may seem bold and grandiose for some, we wish to remain respectful and unassuming by all means.
Each of our clothing tells a story of local craftsmanship and sartorial poetry.
Kente Gentlemen is first and foremost a brand that offers affordable, elegant, and edgy clothing, each tailored in unique style and contemporary design. Every finished product is fitted, cut, and sewn from fabrics made in Africa, with high respects paid to the rich textile heritage and local craftsmanship.
The quality of our product and its social impact will forever be essential to us. As we remain committed in involving a community of weavers, tailors, artisans, and vendors as to provide opportunities for the local economy and share the beauty of Africa to consumers around the world.
Furthermore, we strive to deliver sustainable, eco-friendly, and ethical products and services. From the beginning end of our fabrics' handweaver, to the last sewing and stitching by our tailor, all prices and wages exchanged are faired up to the most valuable arrangements and done under good working conditions.
If Africans do not tell their own stories, Africa will soon disappear.
We also aim to provide a fresh, authentically cultural, aesthetically driven, and genuine narrative of the continent. Soon after being inspired by our travels into the mainland, we would surely get to write journal entries and tailor clothing that speak of our cultures and traditions. As we remain eager to value, celebrate, and respect them, with the ambition to better represent them throughout this platform.
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
While honouring our heritage, we truly intend to bridge the gaps and extend appreciation to other traditions, cultures, fashion etiquettes, and techniques of textile and apparel production, regardless of their origins. And in doing so, create something outside of the norm - something that speaks to us, but to you as well. As we sincerely all belong to this universal platform engaged in and for the exchange of ideas, cultures, and values.
In light of this, we ask, if it is possible for someone like you, no matter who you are, what you have, and where you come from, to wear such collections and styles, to read into the stories and debates being developed here, and to feel engaged in the narrative, marketplace, visual poetry, and travelogue that we ever so wish to share with you?
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