LooksLikeAvido has been flying the Kenyan flag high, and his recent feature on Beyonce’s ‘Black is King’ is putting Kenyan fashion on the map.
The Kenyan designer who hails from Kibera is doing Kenya proud with his collaborative work with 24-time Grammy winner Beyonce. Taking to social media, the highly respected designer known for his brand of sustainable fashion, shared an image of the Black is King website where his worked is tagged among several other African designers.
Now more than ever, the value of African culture and the power of the African and African-American dollar has come to the fore; uniting all under the Black Lives Matter movement. Reaching way beyond the core message of justice for victims police brutality the likes of George Floyd, Breona Taylor, Trayvon Martin, Ahmaud Arbery and many more; the movement has morphed into a smarter approach to the end of systemic racism. It is now a liberation of minds, and an awakening to what change we could bring through our strength in numbers. Now, more Africans and African-Americans are buying from Black-owned businesses and identifying with forward thinkers such as LooksLikeAvido.
David Avido has been grinding in the fashion industry for a couple of years, devoting his time to sustainable fashion for two years now. According to a previous report on The Sauce, the acclaimed designer, has had a strong affinity for all things beautiful and fashionable from a young age. Taking up the trade of tailoring clothes as a youngin’ in Kibera, he horned his skills out of necessity and developed a distinct sense of fashion that has propelled him to the limelight. And now international media is taking note.
Speaking about his creations in the Vogue Italia feature which he shared on February 6th, Avido said, ” Things of beauty can come from places least expected. My designs are inspired by the elements.”
And Avido is also using his talents to benefit the Kibera community. According to a recent report on Vogue, “Avido had been volunteering three mornings a week at the Uweza Foundation, a few minutes away by motorbike from his studio. The organization sits in a colorful compound along Kibera’s bustling Karanja road. In late December 2019, he started teaching tailoring to a group of seven working women here, many local business owners who were taking morning classes to diversify their expertise. With those stores shuttered amid the Coronavirus, the women are now working nine-to-five at Uweza, sewing masks for 20 cents each. Uweza raised some money to buy fabric and pay the women in order to expand the project.”