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Second-hand Luxury Ware Craze - 3 months ago, 9 Nov 09:26

By: Daisy Okoti

There is a stereotype in the world of luxury in Kenya that most designer items are either knock-offs or stolen or they cost an arm and a leg. This has fuelled an appetite for original luxury items, but pre-owned and more affordable.

For 29 years, Jacob Mwaniki has been dressing top lawyers in Nairobi. He selects dark textured, unblemished Pierre Cardin, Marks & Spencer, Burberry, St. Michaels, George, Cedarwood suits from his bale of imported second-hand clothing, takes them to the laundry; then drops them off at the lawyers’ offices.

A new designer suit in Nairobi’s upmarket stores would cost these lawyers above Sh50,000, money they can part with anyway, but they buy from Mr Mwaniki who has a makeshift store in downtown Gikomba at Sh15,000.

“I have a customer whom I have been selling to for 15 years now. He is a lawyer. Even if the price rises, he still buys ...
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