Kla Fashion Week 3. The lessons


As the lights went out that Saturday evening signaling an end to the third edition of Kampala Fashion Week, as a fashion lover and ardent follower, I could not help but wonder whether we still have to wait a year until we can have such a well-organized fashion event.

That thought was echoed by many in conversations during the after-party. Giulio Molfese, a fashion photographer with Photo4Fashion, was happy that finally we got a full three evenings of action, unlike previous editions that had one night, although all editions have had seminars preceding the fashion showcases.

He applauded the gesture of giving upcoming designers such a big platform to get their brands out. Kkoolo and Nfka are some of the young brands that showcased on day two.

The production was on point, putting together the services of New York-based LDJ Productions with our own Silk Events. Being a new venue, many showgoers did not know what to expect from The Square, the rooftop of a building in Industrial area.

After hosting KFW, there is no doubt it is going to become the go-to space for arts events. It turned out to be the best venue since the annual event was started three years ago.

The lesson here is for curators and event organizer to think outside the box and not go to the same-old, same-old

Waiswa Ronald for Jose Hendo
Waiswa Ronald for Jose Hendo

venues. The opening night featuring the SEED Show finalists was invite-only. This is not common in this market, but it was about time fashion designers showcased a new approach to influencers, media and retailers.

It is also not by chance that UK-based fashion designer Jose Hendo has showcased three times in a row. Her designs have graced major runways world over and she has made a name from her eco-sustainable fashion wear, thanks to her R3 approach (reduce, re-use and recycle).

This edition she showcased the Motto Silhouette Zero Waste Collection, working with bark cloth, organic silk and seat belts. She is a case of a designer with refreshing ideas while maintaining her identity.

Many renowned Ugandan designers attended at least one night of KFW. Hope they borrowed a leaf.



Meet Samson Baranga aka BigSam. He is a passionate photographer, writer, blogger, biker and his passion for fashion knows no boundaries. He is also a fashion columnist in The Observer newspaper.