Most people throw out old sweaters, but Muqaddam Latif used one of his, purchased at a flea market in Berlin, to create a unique tote bag. Twenty-four-year-old Muqaddam recently attained a higher national diploma from the Mcensal School of Fashion on Ngong Road and is now interning with NurClothing.
Growing up in Nairobi, Muqaddam was very interested in art, but pursued fashion because “I never thought I would make money from selling art, but now you can. I guess that is where my love of fashion came in. Plus my mum is a seamstress.”
Muqaddam has always loved and wanted to work with leather. He has made several samples to gauge reactions from friends and this past June, he created a white leather clutch bag for a supportive and encouraging friend. As he learns how to work with leather, Muqaddam works with a leather workshop, sending them his sketches to execute.
This tote bag is one-quarter leather and three-quarters knit fabric from a sweater that became too lumpy to wear. Muqaddam’s full name, and the name of his fashion brand, is etched on the front of the bag. A key chain with a rhino, bought from Maasai Market, is attached to the strap, perfectly accessorizing Muqaddam’s sartorial tote.
Photograph by Maridadi.co.