Suave Design is the brainchild of stylish young indie-entrepreneur Mohammad Awale. After working in various corporate jobs after university, Mohammad decided to quit working for the man and start working for himself. He rented a small workshop in the notorious River Road area of Downtown Nairobi and hired three craftspeople and starting making prototypes. After only 12 months, Suave Designs has found a successful niche, creating colourful backpacks, satchels and laptop sleeves made from recycled fabrics.
In this episode of INDIE CITIES, we travel with Mohamed to Kenya’s biggest second-hand clothes market to pick up fabric which will make an original and truly amazing backpack. Most of these clothes come from Europe and the USA so the backpack you buy from Suave Kenya may very well be a re-purposed pair of your old jeans.
You can find out more about Suave here: https://www.suavedesigns.co.ke
INDIE CITIES – Nairobi – Suave Backpacks (Style)
Hand Crafted by STAY GOLD STUDIOS
Producer/Director: Pete Williams
Cinematographer: Charlie Jones
Sound/Photographer: Adrian Klaassen
2nd Camera: Pete Williams
Researcher: Jak Norwood
Animator: Ron Santiago
Editor: Jamie Weddell
INDIE CITIES is short film series celebrating independent stores and craftspeople around the world. Indie Cities is a new multi-platform series documenting the independence revolution sweeping Europe. The show delivers personal portraits of unconventional trendsetters from the worlds of art, music, food & fashion, living in Europe’s most progressive cities. Viewers are taken on a journey through each city’s subculture, visiting independent fashion labels, listening to independent music, making their own street food, micro-brew or street art. Indie Cities celebrates the unique cultural aspects of each city and highlights the passion, craftsmanship and an uncompromising love of life that ties people in each city together.
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