It started with a DIY YouTube tutorial on creating acid-washed jeans. “It seemed easy enough to do,” Mohamed Awale of Suäve Kenya tells me. So he decided to try it out.
With his small team in downtown Nairobi, he sprayed denim material with a bleach mixture as shown in the tutorial, washed the material and incorporated the denim into the Suäve Kenya backpack design. Being an experiment, only five bags were made. This acid-washed limited edition sold out almost immediately.
Since this successful experiment, Suäve Kenya has released a few limited collections using this technique on different coloured denim to great success.