13 December 2012

Uganda: For Kagimu, Ear Pin Is the Style

Frank Kagimu alias Zyzan D'kaz is an upcoming hip hop artiste from the Good Daces dance and music crew.

He owns the D'Kaz fashion shop at Kisaasi, which sells men's garments and also works with Shades of Hope, a charity organisation, as a street reach coordinator. He talked to Joseph Kimbowa about his grooming

How was your sense of style as you grew up?

As a child, it is always our parents that usually make choices for us. But generally, I grew up as a bad boy and it was always a hassle for me to tuck in at school. Even when I was elected entertainment prefect at Grace High School Gayaza, I had difficulty tucking in.

Whom do you look up to when you are styling up?

I like the way Konshens and Chris Brown dress up. Locally, I really like Eddy Kenzo's style and that is what I adopted.

Do you have specific brands?

Except for shoes, where I do Toms and Gucci; for the attires, I do not have specific brands. I rather look at the quality and, print of a certain fabric and associate it with price and trust me, I always look for the best quality.

When do you consider yourself smart?

When I wear some nice tight bright pants coupled with a cool T-shirt plus a sweater and some easy shoes. I supplement that with a few accessories. Then I can dress in a shirt, trousers and gentle shoes if I'm invited for a meeting or function.

Where do you shop from?

Last year, I discovered a man called Brian Ahumuza of the A-bryanz collection in town. Despite his merchandise being expensive, he has unique garments that you will not find in other shops. But sometimes I also go downtown and get some nice stuff.

How much do your garments cost you?

My pants are between Shs 100,000 and Shs 150,000 while the T-shirts cost between Shs 50,000 and Shs 100,000. The shoes, on the other hand, cost around Shs 70,000 and more.

What is you most treasured accessory?

I love my earpiece. My ears were pierced when I was six but since then, I cannot do without an earpiece. Though sometimes my relatives think I am a crook, it is something you cannot get out of me. I also like sheds, bangles (religious and music oriented) but I can skip them without a problem.

How do you find the men's style in Uganda generally?

My friend, more people are embracing style these days. Though some people do not really have a sense of style, they at least try to look smart. I have a feeling that in less than five years, Ugandans will be as stylish as the Nigerians or even more.

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