Most of us have accepted Covid-19 face masks as an inconvenient, albeit essential, security measure. For the style-conscious like James Maina Mwangi, nevertheless, they’re an unmissable style alternative. Mwangi’s brightly colored fits and hats made him stand out even on the busy streets of Nairobi’s Umoja neighborhood, the place no one ever appears to sleep.
For the reason that pandemic hit and Kenya made face masks obligatory, his outfits have change into much more eye-catching. This week, the 59-year-old jack of all trades modeled his assortment of face masks for Reuters. “Males knew to learn how to put on garments in black, brown, gray, or darkish blue. These have been males’ colors,” he instructed Reuters whereas carrying a brilliant yellow swimsuit with matching hat and face masks. “God gave me the knowledge and confirmed to me all of the completely different colors I can put on to be completely different from all people else.”
Mwangi, who dropped out of faculty at 12 as a result of he couldn’t pay the charges, stated he solely had one shirt when he was a baby, which he would wash it day by day and placed on nonetheless damp. Individuals would snigger at him, however, he promised himself that “in the future, I will likely be a star.” He now has about 160 fits, over 200 pairs of sneakers, and 300 hats in colors starting from saffron yellow to grass inexperienced, scarlet and plum. Mwangi stated his garments drew curiosity, then admirers when he first began carrying them 25 years in the past.
“Now you may see me carrying all types of colors,” he stated. Mwangi, who earns a residing as a jack of all trades, says he lends his fits to members of his church and road kids who want them. “Issues have change into tougher now due to COVID-19. This nation has no cash,” he stated.