Matthew ‘Tayo’ Rugamba, the founder and creative director of House of Tayo, is a perfectionist. He started off making bow ties and ties but has recently started to branch out: “…ties and bow ties don’t work for everyone. Even I, sometimes, want to wear a casual shirt.”
When he decided to make shirts, he created three different versions before settling on his first design. And even after he had made the shirt, he ended up changing the fabric from a cotton to a cashmere wool blend. His development process involved: wearing the shirts himself and seeing what could be improved.
You can now buy shirts, bow ties, ties and infinity scarfs from the House of Tayo store located at KG 9 Avenue, Kigali, Rwanda, and order made-to-measure suits from the brand.
Photograph by Illume Creative Studio and courtesy of House of Tayo.