Meet Young Designers Behind Kenya's Kit to the Olympics

  • Team Kenya outfit designers Allan Mmbasu (L) and Patrick King'ori
    Team Kenya outfit designers Allan Mmbasu (L) and Patrick King'ori
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  • Three designers emerged top in a design competition organised by the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) in collaboration with the Kenya Fashion Council.

    The three; Allan Mmbasu, Phillip Muthuni and Patrick King’ori received Ksh250,000, Ksh100,000 and Ksh150,000 respectively.

    Mmbasu designed the kit, Muthuni the shoes while the accessories were done by King'ori.

    Left to right; EABL Marketing and Innovations Director Graham Villiers Tuthill EABL Head of Beer Marketing Anne Joy Michira and Allan Mmbasu, winner of the clothing category.
    Left to right; EABL Marketing and Innovations Director Graham Villiers Tuthill EABL Head of Beer Marketing Anne Joy Michira and Allan Mmbasu, winner of the clothing category.
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    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, Mmbasu, who submitted his piece just 10 minutes to the deadline, could not hide his joy when he was named the winner.

    He added that he had made submissions for all the categories but only emerged top in the kits category.

    "I'm excited and still trying to process everything. I'm happy I got to participate in the competition. I'm hoping for greater opportunities moving forward," he stated.

    The competition attracted 100 top designers and was aimed at finding a national attire that portrayed the Country's local creative talents.

    NOCK President Paul Tergat acknowledged that the competition was the best way to come up with the design.

     “I salute the designers for their unique and beautiful propositions which Tusker used to give our athletes attractive travel kit to Kurume. 

    "You have contributed immensely to the overall preparations and eventual performance at the Olympic Games," Tergat stated.

    Kenya Fashion Council Lucy Rao appreciated the creative community for coming up with the ideas.

    "We believe that this synergy between sports and arts will provide new opportunities for the local arts community to express themselves," she stated.

    Designer Allan Mmbasu
    Designer Allan Mmbasu
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