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Our craftsmen

We create an inspiring collection of hand tailored blazers in cooperation with talented craftsmen in Kigali.
It is only one tailor who makes an Afriek blazer, from the cutting of the fabric to the final stitches of the lining. Creating each
blazer takes many hours of devoted handwork, leaving a unique signature of the tailor in every piece he makes.

 

To meet our high standards, every tailor is carefully selected. Their commitment, close attention to detail and love for the fabric
results in our high quality and unique blazers. So take your time to meet our proud tailors!

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meet our Craftsmen

Full name:

Maiga Aboubacar

Born in:

Burkina Faso

About me:

Before I moved to Rwanda in 2010, I have learned the craft of tailoring in Nigeria. Together with Abubacar I own an atelier in Kigali.

My secret:

One day I would love to be a singer.

What makes me happy:

Drinking strong Chinese tea with my friends at my atelier. We talk about politics and we love to make jokes.

Good to know:

In Africa we share everything! Everyone is welcome to share the food on the big plate, eating with your hands. If there is not enough because more people joined we will just order extra food and share a second round.

I love:

African culture, especially music! I listen to West African music all day long!

Name:

Abubacar Forvana

Born in:

Guinea

My story:

I moved to Rwanda one year ago for work. Now I have an atelier with Maiga. My uncle in Guinea taught me the craft of tailoring.

 I love:

My friends! I love to keep them close, so they always drop by at the atelier.

What makes me happy:           

Once I went to the airport wearing an Afriek blazer. It was amazing. People loved it. Wearing an Afriek Blazer makes you stand straight. You become proud of your African heritage and the many ways our authentic African fabrics can be used.

Name:

Christian Iyamuremye 

Born in:

DR Congo

My story:

I started learning the profession 18 years ago, right after high school. Ten years ago I decided to move to Rwanda and continue the tailoring craft in Kigali.

I love:

My kids. I live in Rwanda with my mother and my three beautiful children, two boys and one girl.

My dream:

One day I will return to my motherland DR Congo and there I will have my own house. I also hope to start my own atelier in the near future, so I can become truly independent.

Name:

Kacek Inyagabaga

Born in:

Rwanda

My story:

I started working as a tailor a little over 32 years ago and I still do it with as much pleasure as when I was 17.

I love:

My weekend! I always go to bars with my friends and together we watch football. Arsenal is my favourite team!

What makes me happy:

Music of course! I like to listen to traditional Rwandan music and reggae. Most of the time we play music whilst working, this keeps me extra motivated.