If you partied in the Karen area of Nairobi in the noughties chances are the Double Inn, along with The Horseman and Black Cotton Club, was part of your circuit. But if you find yourself at Karen Plains feeling nostalgic for a toffee-flavoured vodka shot, you will find that the dark, Irish-themed pub has been converted into an open and airy workshop by Sandstorm Kenya.
Former adman Mark Stephenson invested in the company in 2007 and has since worked to make the brand “Kenyans’ first choice for timeless, functional bags you want to use every day”. This may sound like empty marketing speak but Mark and Sandstorm Kenya are the real deal.
You come across the Sandstorm bags on enviable Instagram accounts; in local and international airports; on the beach; up mountains; and in the bush. And last year, Sandstorm Kenya introduced ‘Urban Safari’ – a collection of bags that are more appropriate for the city. As Mark pointed out: “not everyone wants to look like they just walked out of the bush”.
Sandstorm lent their usual level of attention to detail to the development, which included a lab process to get very specific coloured canvas, sourcing all the components and identifying just the right yarn. The collection is already proving popular amongst Nairobians and is available from any of the Sandstorm retail outlets, and for the first time online at Jumia.