Vintage Outerwear Statement feat. Zeddie Lukoye
October 20th, 2014
Every stylish guy has that one vintage piece in his closet that he’ll never let go. The kind of piece that takes hours of digging to find. You’d never find it again, and it will never be remade in quite the same way. For me, it’s this shearling bomber.
For 25 year-old fashion designer Zedekiah Lukoye, it’s a midnight green leather topcoat that he found in a market near his hometown of Eldoret, Kenya.
Here “Zeddie” shows us how versatile a good vintage outerwear piece can be.
1. All Business
“I grew up around one of the biggest markets in my hometown of Eldoret, Kenya where they sell vintage and secondhand clothes. We used to call it “Mitumba”. That is where I would shop, and eventually got my first experience with selling clothes. I made a little money on the side, but more importantly, I fell in love with men’s fashion and tailoring.”
Outerwear is the best thing to search for in Vintage shops. Leather pieces like this one were built to last, so once you have the proper alterations made, you can spend years molding it to your body and style.
The dark green, almost-black color of this leather is a real stand-out. The subtlety of the hue is really what prompted this article.
2. Weekend Tailoring
“I would spend my time in Kenya hanging out at my friend’s workshop where they made custom jeans. I started to learn the trade slowly; first doing simple things like putting rivets on jackets, tapering jean legs, and replacing zippers. Later they showed me how to take measurements, cut the patterns, and complete the fabrication. At that time I was studying Fine Art at a small institution, so naturally I started experimenting with screen printing on the back pockets of the jeans… Locally it became a new style that guys thought was cool…eventually lots of guys were asking for my prints when they ordered new jeans.”
A trim topcoat (Zeddie had this one altered to fit his frame) is a wardrobe essential. I own a handful of them (brown moleskin, camel hair, lightweight cotton) and never have a shortage of occasions to wear them. Perhaps a vintage leather is next on my list…
3. Man on the Move
“After a year of learning and working in the denim factory, I moved to Nairobi where my best friend Sydney and I opened up a denim workshop called Blackbird Jeans. Our first identity product was a drop-crotch jean that caught on with local celebrities and guys looking for a new shape. Blackbird jeans was a new flavor in the Kenyan fashion market.
In 2011 we got invited to ‘Africa Fashion Week’ in New York where we presented our collection and ended up being the most favorable designers. After the show we went back home to Kenya…but soon got invited back to America to present our collection at another show in Memphis… Several other shows followed after that across the U.S. That’s how I ended up living in NYC.
Normally I wouldn’t pair forest green with bright red, grey, and black – but that’s why we do style profiles for inspiration!
Thanks for reading and special thanks to Zeddie for participating!
Yours in style,