The Observer (Kampala)

17 January 2013

Uganda: T-Shirts Are Heinrich's Fashion Treasure

interview

Heinrich Rainer is an engineer at Kasese Cobalt Company Limited (KCCL) and the proprietor of the popular Heinrich's Pub in Kasese municipality.

Unlike most men today, who take fashion so seriously, Heinrich prefers T-shirts. He spoke to Wilson Asiimwe about his idea of style and grooming.

If you were told to choose between an executive suit and a casual outfit, which would you take?

I'm a casual dresser; I like jeans and T-shirts. However, I wear suits when I am invited for special functions like weddings. The last time I wore a suit was in November 2002, when I was going for my friend's introduction [ceremony].

Some people don't think much of a person in T-shirts; they say they are for thugs. What do you say about that?

I am an engineer and I spend most of the time in the field, so I'm always comfortable in T-shirts and jeans. I think you can wear T-shirts if your field of work allows them, but it's not that everyone who wears T-shirts is a thug.

Where do you go for shopping?

In most cases I buy my clothes whenever I'm in South Africa, ?because I visit South Africa at least thrice a year.

What would you tell young men who are crazy about fashion labels?

People should have different clothes for different functions. They should also dress according to the weather much as they are entitled to their opinions [or style].

When it comes to footwear, which shoes do you like?

Open shoes [sandals] because they match my jeans and T-shirts. I wear them most of the time when I am driving; so, I don't mind the dust.

Do you like watches?

No I don't wear wristwatches because my phone does it all for me; whenever I want to check [the] time, I use my phone. [However, on the occasion he took this photo, he had a watch.]

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