Recently, President William Ruto has shown a preference for red and brown Kaunda suits, raising the question of whether the short-sleeved clothing has become his go-to choice of attire.
President Ruto appears to switch up his formal and informal attire, wearing a single-breasted jacket with notched lapels and a straightforward mandarin collar.
Kenyan presidents frequently have characteristic looks. Former President Uhuru Kenyatta was well-known for favoring shirts with African prints that were produced locally and provided by Rivatex, and Kibaki rarely departed from a professional suit.
When it came to fashion accessories, Kenya’s second president, Moi, was well known for always carrying his recognizable “Fimbo ya Nyayo,” while Jomo Kenyatta frequently capped off his outfit with a hat.
President Ruto’s new, distinctive style has caught the attention of Kenyans and is now the buzz of the country.
The question “How many Kaunda suits does Ruto own?” was jokingly posed by Twitter user Omwamba. Mosoti, a different Twitter user, jokingly retorted, “Too many.
One of the president’s fashion designers, fashion entrepreneur Maryne Keseri, told Nation Africa that President Ruto wears black Kaunda suits very well.
The well-known bespoke suit maker Ashok Sunny pointed out that Ruto’s support for locally produced clothing was a part of his bigger bottom-up economic goal.
“They refer to it as the dictator look because the majority of former tyrants favored Kaunda suits. But that is to demonstrate that Kenyans can produce clothing that is admirable enough for Kenyan leaders to wear,” he said.
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