Alastair & Jimmy Scott

KOY Clothing is run by two brothers, Alastair & Jimmy Scott.

The brothers we raised in Africa and now have an ambition to help support the indigenous cultures of Kenya through luxury fashion.

Growing up in East Africa and going to school in the UK put them in a unique position to incorporate both worlds, and help support the country they grew to love.

Surrounded by beautiful landscapes, fascinating cultures and the stunning fabrics used by the Kenyan people, together with the UK’s quintessential fashions and lifestyles, presented them with an exciting opportunity to combine authentic African fabric with luxury lifestyle.

Since the official launch of KOY Clothing in December 2016, they have learned learned alot.

“The more we learned about cultural influences in fashion, we realised that many brands around the world use cultural inspirations within their designs. Sadly, not all of those brands give recognition to the cultures which inspired them.”

“ This was a chance for us to try and change this mindset and demonstrate to others the value of cultural inspiration. We do this by giving 5% of every purchase to projects within the communities of Kenya that our products are inspired by,”said Alistair.

THE ‘MAASAI’

The Maasai people are taking back their brand, and we’re here to support them! The ‘Maasai’ brand is valuable, and it should belong to the Maasai people. Their name, designs and styles have been used by others for years, and the Maasai haven’t earned a penny from this, until now! After many years of hard work from the Maasai elders, with help from Position Business Ltd – https://www.positionltd.com/ – the Maasai now own their own brand. Position Business Ltd issues licences to name products after the Maasai and under this agreement 5% of the sales of those products must be paid over to the “Maasai Intellectual Property Initiative” (MIPI).

The Scott’s name all of their products after tribes in Kenya, such as the ‘Maasai’. As KOY Clothing, they want to recognise the value of the ‘Maasai’ cultural brand, and therefore have become an official licensee, and 5% of all their ‘Maasai’ named product sales go to the Maasai out of respect to their indigenous culture that inspires their ‘Maasai’ designs.

They are looking forward to working closely with the Maasai and supporting other communities that surrounded them growing up in Kenya.

‘PUT KENYA’S TRIBES ON THE MAP’

There are many tribes in Kenya; the ‘Maasai’ tribe is merely one of many. As a result, the Scott’s want to help support and promote many other indigenous tribes including, the ‘Luo’, ‘Kamba’ and ‘Gusii’.

It is their ultimate goal to put as many tribes ‘on the map’ as possible, and support them through fashion.

“Within each tribe there are deprived communities that we can help. It doesn’t take much to make a life better in Africa, and we have the opportunity to improve many!”

“We are running a marathon, not a sprint, and we realise this will take time, but in life you have to start somewhere! |Like Steve Jobs said, the ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do, added Jimmy.

HOH Collections

Urban Shroom

The first collection, Urban Shroom 2015, was released in 2014. Urban Shroom was a collection that symbolises the emergence of Urban Ethnic garments into the today, representing the arrival of Africa in the urban sphere. Like Mushrooms HOH’s pieces were noticed in places visible to everyone.

Mambokadzi

House of Hohwa’s second collection, launched in 2015 is called Mambokadzi 2016. Mambokadzi (Queen in Shona) defines the Urban Woman whose values and character are not forgotten in the way she dresses. In this collection we represent everything about today’s woman who stands strong, collective and confidently and proudly African.

Winds of Change Collection

The Winds of Change, is House of Hohwa’s third collection inspired by the famous speech given by former British Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan. Macmillan who was in Cape Town in 1960 on a ‘Winds of Change’ tour gave one of history’s most profound speeches encouraging change to colonial rule and liberation of natives in Africa.

WHO ARE WE & WHAT IS KOY?

KOY Clothing is run by two brothers, Alastair & Jimmy Scott.

The brothers we raised in Africa and now have an ambition to help support the indigenous cultures of Kenya through luxury fashion.

Growing up in East Africa and going to school in the UK put them in a unique position to incorporate both worlds, and help support the country they grew to love. Surrounded by beautiful landscapes, fascinating cultures and the stunning fabrics used by the Kenyan people, together with the UK’s quintessential fashions and lifestyles, presented them with an exciting opportunity to combine authentic African fabric with luxury lifestyle.

Since the official launch of KOY Clothing in December 2016, they have learned learned a-lot.

“The more we learned about cultural influences in fashion, we realised that many brands around the world use cultural inspirations within their designs. Sadly, not all of those brands give recognition to the cultures which inspired them.”

“This was a chance for us to try and change this mindset and demonstrate to others the value of cultural inspiration. We do this by giving 5% of every purchase to projects within the communities of Kenya that our products are inspired by,”said Alistair

THE ‘MAASAI’
The Maasai people are taking back their brand, and we’re here to support them! The ‘Maasai’ brand is valuable, and it should belong to the Maasai people. Their name, designs and styles have been used by others for years, and the Maasai haven’t earned a penny from this, until now! After many years of hard work from the Maasai elders, with help from Position Business Ltd – https://www.positionltd.com/ – the Maasai now own their own brand. Position Business Ltd issues licences to name products after the Maasai and under this agreement 5% of the sales of those products must be paid over to the “Maasai Intellectual Property Initiative” (MIPI).

The Scott’s name all of their products after tribes in Kenya, such as the ‘Maasai’. As KOY Clothing, they want to recognise the value of the ‘Maasai’ cultural brand, and therefore have become an official licensee, and 5% of all their ‘Maasai’ named product sales go to the Maasai out of respect to their indigenous culture that inspires their ‘Maasai’ designs.

They are looking forward to working closely with the Maasai and supporting other communities that surrounded them growing up in Kenya.

‘PUT KENYA’S TRIBES ON THE MAP’
There are many tribes in Kenya; the ‘Maasai’ tribe is merely one of many. As a result, the Scott’s want to help support and promote many other indigenous tribes including, the ‘Luo’, ‘Kamba’ and ‘Gusii’.

It is their ultimate goal to put as many tribes ‘on the map’ as possible, and support them through fashion.

“Within each tribe there are deprived communities that we can help. It doesn’t take much to make a life better in Africa, and we have the opportunity to improve many!”

“We are running a marathon, not a sprint, and we realise this will take time, but in life you have to start somewhere! |Like Steve Jobs said, the ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do, added Jimmy.