NIMROD NICK is a bespoke Kenyan suit designer, stylist and tailor. His high-end quality and skills have endeared him to a unisex clientele, with his suits retailing at between Sh10,000 and Sh50,000. He discusses the craft with JACKSON ONYANGO Describe your style in three words. Classy, respectable and elegant. What influences your personal style? It\u2019s all about wanting to look good, respectable and classy. I\u2019m driven by wanting to make a statement that whenever I go out, I would inspire someone on the street to want to throw on a suit. What inspired you into charting into the suit-dressing business? It\u2019s always been a passion in me since I was a child. After completing high school in 2012, I decided why not? While in campus, I would always put on a suit and people would be curious and often complemented me. I was still stitching my own suits then and people began to order theirs from me. I took part in the Miss Kenya event where I showcased my designs while still in campus in 2014, 2015 and 2016. This built my reputation as far as the industry is concerned. What goes behind tailoring your suits? I always make sure they are well finished, and the quality is second to none.\u00a0 Which one of your works has made you the most proud? When I made my mum a suit in 2019. It was the most fulfilling moment for me. Besides that, making personalities such as Jalang\u2019o, Jeff Koinange, Prezzo, Seth Gor and Jimmy Gait, among others, look that good. In your opinion, what\u2019s easier between working on women\u2019s garments or male wear? As long as we keep it professional, the goal to make the client happy is achieved with ease and without any bias. I\u2019d say I am always satisfied working on either. What does it take to piece a perfect look together when it comes to styling in a suit? Comfort is king. You have to understand this before anything. No reason to force it, and making it as simple as possible without overdoing it is essential.\u00a0 Who is your inspiration in this craft? I always say I am my own inspiration because I tend to look into the future of five to 10 years and give myself that backing of \u2018that guy is super smart and he thinks as crazy as me\u2019 and envy him. The person I am right now is the person I wanted to be five years ago. What are the current trends in suits and what\u2019s the future for it? Currently, the in-thing is looking decent. Keeping it simple, navy blue suits and tuxedos are what\u2019s winning. People just want to look presentable and classy; there are no more audaciousness of fancy colours. The future in my eyes and my projects looks like more of reserved colours such as navy blue, grey, pink-striped pieces that you can wear to work and still don over the weekend when you go kicking it with your crew.\u00a0 Do brands names matter when one is shopping around? Yes. I love it when clients wear my brand. It gives you prestige that people are wearing a Kenyan brand, or a homemade piece. It\u2019s somewhat important. We\u2019d catch you dead in? A full pink suit. That\u2019s so feminine. Do you have a signature scent? Yes. I am always Gucci guilty. I hope they pay for this mention.\u00a0 What next for Nimrod Nick (NN)? I want to see brand NN going to a stable place; going beyond my imagination, being worn by the President, his deputy and all Kenyan politicians. That\u2019s my goal. I have dressed dignitaries, but I want that high-end normalcy. Also as a person, I\u2019m trying my hand on radio because it\u2019s been on my mind, or I might go for YouTube\u2014you know the future is digital.