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Interview: Creativity in a Copycat World

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Yesterday I met with Samita Josphat, a stylist and micro-fashion retailer, who rocked up to Café Nova in Eldoret wearing an impressive ensemble of mahogany snake skin trousers, vintage shirt and tweed jacket. His black leather shoes sparkled with the shine of a person proud to make a statement. “Wear your Sunday best I’d said”, knowing he’d take me very seriously indeed. I was quite taken with his studded leather Guess watch which he told me he picked up for 300 shillings (around £2). He complimented me on my classic black Casio.

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I met Samita at a party in Kericho over the summer. Called intriguingly, Twerk in the Woods, it was a collaboration between musicians & dancers from Western Kenya’s famous tea region. Displaying his wares in a wooden stall, I was taken in by the plethora of paisley silk ties and vintage jackets.

Samita and myself in Kericho August 2014 Samita and myself in Kericho August 2014

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