On Tuesday, October 12, during a meeting with Mount Kenya Youth, Raila showed up in a stylish, sleeveless navy-blue jacket, a pair of jeans and Jordan Air sneakers by Nike.
Through his Twitter account, the former PM acknowledged the brains behind his looks as two young men, Ali and Hillary.
Speaking to kenyans.co.ke, one of the fashion designers by the name Ali aged 20, revealed that he started his business back in high school, as he made clothes for his classmates for extra coins and later opened his first shop after form 4 in 2019.
“I started an online business called thrift trendy which grew slowly where I later opened my first shop where the first stock was amounting to Ksh50,000,” Ali stated.
Ali who is commonly referred to as Nairobi West Niccur stated that he met the former Prime Minister through a friend that took him to his residence back in May this year.
“I met the former Prime Minister through my friend Hillary. I was really shocked when I saw Raila since he didn’t tell me that I was meeting him.I was really shocked when I saw Baba since he didn’t tell me that I was meeting him,” Ali noted
Ali added that he is the founder of an online business called Thrift Trendy before his friend Hillary joined him later.
The passionate fashion designer mentioned that during the first visit he ended up selling some of his designs under La Beaste Designs and Sneakers.
While he did not disclose the value of the deal to dress Raila Odinga, he described it as a lucrative one.
He noted that he has been working with the former Premier since May 2021 adding that apart from Odinga,he also dresses key figures.
“I do dress other senior personality through my brand LA BEASTE where I have dressed the like of Babu Owino, Khaligraph Jones, Trio Mio, Masauti, Motif the don and Breeder LW and l am thankful to all of them for believing in my style and dream to inspiring the youth to be a better version of themselves,” he explained.
He highlighted that some of the challenges he is facing are due to the current pandemic.
“My biggest challenge is lack of support due to Covid-19 and more capital to expand our business into a franchise,” Ali noted.
The young man is now planning on how to grow his brand to the international market.
“For now, I’m focusing on how to grow my brand to an international market, opening branches across East Africa and Africa at large and also focusing on inspiring the youths to become a better version on themselves,” Ali stated.