In Pictures: Thrift Social – Future Trends

The latest edition of Thrift Social went down this past Sunday. As expected 2 many Siblings put on a unique, forward thinking, entertaining and fascinating event together.


According to the Thrift Social organizers, “Future Trends is a look into a Utopian future where re-imagined fashions, design, and architecture combine with emerging forms of technology to establish new desires… It celebrates the emergent practices of sustainable fashion and up-cycling in East Africa. Future Trends explores the way people are choosing to style themselves in contemporary urban cultures in East Africa. It is making possible the construction of new identities: showcasing the expression of alternative modes for citizenship: and forging new forms of social exchange”

Art by Nu Funk

There were vendors at hand for those eager to shop. Vendors such as Gonzala leathers, Tribearth, Kirembo Kirembo, Mugzies Naturals, Tiko Afrika and Hadashi Handmade among many others. All of whom have active social media pages, so you can still cop yourself some cool gear if you missed out on the great sales.

The future of technology and design was in full display; firstly Jepchumba ‘The Digital African’  had a digital installation,  there was 3D printing available, and finally one can’t talk about the future of technology without mentioning virtual reality, there was a VR stand courtesy of Black Rhino VR.

The fashion showcased at Thrift Social is always a joy to behold.  Thrift Social creates a space where young vibrant fashionable people can showcase their style in complete freedom and with no judgment. Eccentricity is encouraged and applauded. I love how people go all out and stick to the theme as best they can. Keep it locked to the Thrift Social Instagram page for even more fashionable peeps.


The entertainment was banging as usual. This edition featured sets from Taio, Mix Master Lenny and a special performance from the rising star Steph Kapella. The party went on until late Sunday night. The perfect way to cap off the weekend and start off the month on a creative high.

Future Trends was a collaboration with Pidgin perfect and Thrift Social Nairobi. It is a new Arts new Audiences (nAnA) grantee through the British Council’s East Africa Arts Program.


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