He’s president Uhuru Kenyatta’s tailor,charges Ksh350,000 to Ksh2million per suit~Story of Brian Kisimba
Brian Kisimba is a Nairobi-based tailor whose fresh and exquisite approach to his trade has made him stand out among his peers.
The tailor has set up a multi-million business in Lavington, Nairobi.
Brian is an alumnus of Strathmore University, Kenya.After graduating, he traveled to the United Kingdom where he was trained by Andrew Ramroop, the proprietor and creative director of Maurice Sedwell.
After his training, he came back to Kenya having learned a lot and was ripe to build his own brand. In December 2016, he founded the Menshionette suits label that deals with bespoke tailoring targeting niche clients. Bespoke tailoring is clothing made to an individual’s buyer specifications by a skilled tailor.
His suits and jackets go for Ksh 350,000 up to Ksh 2,000,000 depending on the client’s choice.
With a ready label, The Menshionette Suits, and a team acquired over a long search, vetting, and upskilling, Kisimba established Caliber Bespoke in June 2019. The company whose tagline is Style is Person believes that a book shall forever be judged by its cover.
The time taken varies depending on body shapes to ensure that the final product is a perfect fit after several mock suit-fitting sessions with the client.
Once a final suit is attained, the clients are handed an extensive and elaborate manual that guides the client on accessorising tips, handling, and care of the suit among more details.
The company also makes follow-up calls after six months to check whether the suit still fits the client right.
Caliber Bespoke serves a niche customer base made up of dignitaries, executives, and entrepreneurs between the ages of 30 and 80.
The Caliber Bespoke CEO says that he does not use avenues such as social media to market or advertise his services. He says, “We are not on Instagram or active social media because our main client base isn’t there.” Instead, they send out hand-signed letters to their clients.
Brian Kisimba set up shop at The Werks, Lavington, Nairobi. The shop is glass-paneled and looks exactly like one of the Saville Row, Mayfair, UK tailor shops.
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