The Observer (Kampala)

8 November 2012

Uganda: Downtown Is Shopper's Haven

interview

John Musiime is a construction officer with MK ElectroWatt Uganda, a company that deals in construction and air conditioning. He is also a man who minds about grooming. Alon Mwesigwa caught up with him to talk about his style.

Before you leave your home for work, what's the first thing you do?

I clean my room. I don't have a wife and you can never know which person will drop by in the evening after work. You may come with friends and you would not want them to find your place messed up.

Do you cut or bite your nails?

I can never bite my fingernails. I just use a nail cutter and trim them off. For those who bite nails, I think it is either a habit that they can't distance themselves from or they are always bored and they seek refuge in biting nails.

What's in your wardrobe?

I have a variety of outfits. I have a few suits for formal functions; I have casual clothes like jeans and T-shirts reserved for field work.

If we are to sum you up, how much do you wear on a typical day?

I wear a shirt that cost Shs 20,000, a pair of jeans worth Shs 30,000, shoes that go for about Shs 50,000; a belt for Shs 10,000 and a watch for Shs 35,000. There, I think I am ready for the day.

What is your opinion on today's men's sense of style?

I think it's not bad; men have come to realise that times have changed. Gone are the days when shabbiness defined a man. Today it's first impression, which of course starts with the way you dress. That matters. Men now want to leave no stone unturned when it comes to style and I can only say kudos to them.

Last word:

One doesn't have to shop in Select garments or Bata to look good. Go downtown, make your outfit selection with a purpose and I will meet you on Kampala road when you are shining. And don't hesitate to give me a [high] five!

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