The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Trendy Kaliisa Makes His Jewellery

Vincent Kaliisa is a fashion fanatic, freelance model and movie actor.

He is also called Romeo Hunks King, a name he loves. The 26-year-old has featured in TV series like Iron Life and Inseparable. He started his modelling career as the face of the Exclusive magazine in 2009. Joseph Kimbowa caught up with him to talk about grooming.

Have you always been a groomed person?

Right from school, I always cherished being unique. I would, therefore, try to wear unique clothes and endeavour to be smart. But I developed interest in photo shoots in 2009, and that is how I became a model.

What kind of attire do you favour?

I like brands and labels. For jeans, I usually wear Rocawear, Sean John and G-star jeans. When it comes to shoes, I like labels like Life shoes, Louis Vuitton, Timberland, Supra and Air Force.

For shirts, I always want chequered and denim shirts but these have to be trendy. And my T-shirts have to be stylish, irrespective of the brand.

Where do you do your shopping?

In Uganda, I basically do my shopping at A-Bryanz Collection but sometimes I do online shopping on E-bay.

How much do you spend?

My jeans cost Shs 150,000 on average; the T-shirts cost about Shs 60,000 while shirts go for Shs 70,000 each, and the shoes go up to Shs 300,000.

What about accessories?

I cannot leave my house without accessories - they are a part of me, especially my earpiece. In fact since secondary school, I have been a man of earpieces. I make my own necklaces and bracelets out of diamond beads, which cost Shs 60,000 and Shs 25,000, respectively. As a model, I also love watches and caps, depending on the event.

What hairstyle is that?

It is called a Mahawk and it is the in-style haircut in the city. To keep it good, I visit the salon every Sunday, but there is no chemical [I use].

What do you think makes you unique?

I think it is my creativity in the way I combine my attires. Being a fashion aficionado, I always prefer to style myself even when I get a modelling job.

What is your take on fashion and style in Uganda?

Uganda has recently been hit with TV shows, soap operas and music videos that depict the trends in Western culture. I think the youth have positively copied the trends and they are doing a great job in adopting the in-style.

Any fashion dreams?

I want to open a trendy store and dress Kampala youths. I also want to start my own clothing line - Romeo brands. And as a model, I picture myself on international billboards and magazines.

Any advice for the youth?

You don't need a lot of clothes to look smart and trendy. With just a few jeans, and a reasonable number of T-shirts, one can keep up their game of style so long as they can alternate them very well. They should be creative too.

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