Hello world; welcome to our Meet-The-Experts edition and today on the blog, we have a fashion designer.
Moses is a Kenyan fashion designer and the founder of Pine house Collection- a fashion line that mainly deals with designing of suits: from women’s suits to men’s suits. By supporting immense creativity, this line seeks to embrace the love for formal wear that is just a staple in any modern’s person wardrobe. There is no doubt that you’ll get the right suit from Pinehouse- the tuxedos, the double breasts …well, name them.
Ride along as shares with us more style inspiration through his journey as a fashion designer.
- Who is Moses?
Moses is a passionate fashion designer pursuing a Bachelors’ degree in Engineering , a leader and mentor under the Equity Group Foundation and also a staunch Christian.
- What sparked your interest in the fashion and designing world since mainly, you are a full time Engineering student?
Well, it is really thrilling to see how imaginative the mind can be, how people create new designs just every single day. I’ve always imagined myself having designed an internationally appreciated piece, like the suit for instance. This is in fact what keeps me going.
- Share with us your journey in the field; especially what made you take fashion seriously and make a career out of it? Well, for how long have you been in the field and yes, how has it been so far?
My journey in the fashion and designing world started last year. Just for the fun of it, I would draw varieties of designs that I came across and even admired; I just loved how men donned elegant suits so I majorly drew designs of such suits. In fact, I never knew if I’d ever make a career out of out by then. Well, it hasn’t been easy but I believed that getting into the field would mean that I’m exercising my passion,right?
Quite a big challenge is that many people haven’t really come to appreciate the role of designers as much since they see us as brokers who are just there to simply add another layer to the suit-chain and benefit. But who said it is would always be easy? No, it requires resilience!
- Now that fashion designing is a booming career in Kenya, how do you ensure you stand out?
The field is booming alright since people are increasingly appreciating good clothing; and not only that but also originally designed items. This definitely means that there’s such a huge competition in the field but there are a few designers out there who focus on what Pine House collection do. I mean, we are a team of designers who not only provide our clients with quality wear, but also give them ideas of other designs that they would look good in.
- How has your work evolved since you began your own collection? I mean, has your label eventually become more appealing to clients? How is your work received?
To be honest, it takes more than just a beautiful logo and cool pictures to make it in this industry, TIME and COMMITTMENT being primary. The evolution I’ve seen so far is not as big as I had anticipated but by the time my company is hitting a couple of years, I am sure you all will be fighting to clad in the Pinehouse label!
- When did you receive your first gig? And how did you land that position?
While starting, my first clients were family; they were thrilled at how creative I had become and they sure wanted a piece of the action. So I happily made them suits, skirt suits, dress tops, and occasionally wedding suits. Well, it’s always nice to start from where you are before stepping out and well, cheers to my family! The much support they gave me surely propelled me to step out of my comfort zone and seek to expand Pinehouse.
- What is your best part about being a designer? And yes, your best moment as well?
Nothing is as fulfilling as designing items for clients who immediately fall in love with your pieces by the time they are getting them. That’s just one way of saying, “GO ON PINEHOUSE”! So the first time I landed a wedding tender, I was definitely too thrilled; it was my uncle’s wedding and he even requested that I be one of the grooms men. Such a day to remember,right?
- Share with us one of your toughest moments in the field? And especially how you handled the circumstance?
I believe what I’m having right now is my toughest moment; I’m in the process of setting up a workshop and purchasing equipment and getting more good tailors. For sure, that is not a walk in the park since it requires investing money, energy and time, three of which are hard to have at the same time. And as a student, it’s even tougher but well, all that will pay off so I remain positive!
- What is your design aesthetic when it comes to your suits? And do you also deal with women’s suits?
I majorly focus on the client’s taste and preference, but I am also careful to know when a client is ignorant of what they want so in such a case I advise accordingly. But when it comes to my suits, I’m in love with double breasted suits; such a blazer is such a classic piece in my wardrobe.
And yes, we also deal with ladies wear; while two lovely ladies in Pinehouse are specialists when it comes to such, I and Bruce deal with men’s wear. Such a lovely team I got at Pinehouse.
- Your signature style? And haircut? It is no doubt that one should practice what they preach and you do that just perfectly.
I most certainly do, and I wish my mother could understand that, she doesn’t get how I spend money on a haircut that leaves hair on my head. Ha-ha!
Anyways, this is a field that requires more evidence than theory; people always want to see the product – and what better way is there to show them the product than by wearing it myself? Plus no one will believe that you can design a piece for them while you cannot design one for yourself. You know where charity starts? JUST A HOME!
- Share with us your quick fix? What would instantly elevate a look in a suit and make it look as stunning, and as polished?
You will most certainly look stunning in a suit that fits you correctly. And that is just why I custom-make suits instead of selling ready-made suits. On that note, however good or beautiful the fabric is, if the suit is not your size, you’ll look horrible.
Good care of suits is also mandatory to ensure they are always in good shape.
- You use quality materials when it comes to designing your suits. Is there a client manual where you let clients know of proper ways to take care of their suits to ensure they last longer?
At Pinehouse, we believe that durability starts from proper quality. Thus, we fish all our materials from trusted textile manufacturers. This means that with the nice design we always give, the piece will definitely be awesome.
And about the manual, at the moment we have none. And that is a hell of an idea! I will definitely implement that as soon as possible.
- Suppose you open your eyes and see a well-built tall man who’s confused on the type of suit to wear on an evening business dinner. Design a suit for him.
Uummm! For a business dinner, I’d go for a stripped navy blue trouser and waistcoat that bears a plain well-fitting navy blue blazer. A white shirt would be the perfect pair while a checked maroon tie and a maroon pocket square will be there to add a sleek contrast to the whole look. Then to finish up the look would be a black leather belt and a black pair of leather shoes. That’s basically the entire outfit for such an occasion. There is no doubt that such a blend of colors would make a statement over dinner, right?
- Talk to a young designer in the industry. One who is finding it hard to break into the market; One who is afraid of exploring his creativity when it comes to this world of fashion. Let them know that as much as designing is a career, it is a journey; a journey that begins with one step.
A simple word, in this field and any other field, risks are what make you thrive, you must be ready to gamble in every way, but always learn to gamble with quality.
- Would you please share with us your future aspirations? Maybe presenting your collection in an International Fashion Week?
My ultimate dream is creating an internationally reknown brand since I’d want the world to follow a Kenyan-born design for a change. And about the fashion week, I won’t attend one, I’ll organize one!
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Well lovelies, there you have it! I think I should start booking the tickets to that fashion week in advance; and more so, start planning on getting a Pinehouse label! What about you?
Anyway, how much did you love the interview with Moses of Pinehouse Collection? As well, what is your take on custom-made outfits?
I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments section below…